CFRE is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals. The CFRE is a practice-based credential that assesses fundraising competence and is based on six different categories: Current and Prospective Donor Research; Securing the Gift; Relationship Building; Volunteer Involvement; Leadership and Management; and Ethics, Accountability, and Professionalism.
Fundraising professionals are only eligible to earn CFRE certification after meeting educational, professional practice, and professional performance requirements, and then candidates must pass a comprehensive exam on best practices in ethical fundraising. The certification must be renewed every three years.
“Education is a key component of the CFRE application and recertification process,” said Dr. Angela Seaworth, Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE). “Fundraisers must earn eighty hours of education for initial certification and an additional forty-five hours each time they recertify. Our Center wants to provide continuing education to support the fundraising professionals who are committed to working at the highest standard in their field. Each of our certificate programs qualifies for forty-five hours.”
Currently, there are more than 7,400 CFREs in twenty-five countries. As fundraising professionals continue to professionalize, certification will become increasingly important to demonstrate proficiency in the profession. The Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy identifies managing resources, which includes fundraising, as a key component to successfully lead nonprofit organizations.