The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program provides the only nationally recognized professional credential for fundraising executives.
The CFRE Program consists of three parts:
Ethical Code: All CFRE candidates must agree to uphold the Donor Bill of Rights and to adhere to a code of ethics and standards of professional practice in order to participate in the program.
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment. The CFRE signals your colleagues, your community and potential donors that you have the knowledge and skills to be a competent fundraising executive and that you are committed to upholding the Donor Bill of Rights and a code of ethics and standards of professional practice. The CFRE also says you are committed to continuing your professional growth through ongoing educational activities.
Individuals interested in the CFRE program must meet all of the minimum eligibility requirements. Those requirements include:
Eligibility requirements, exam preparation materials, and the online application are available on the CFRE website: http://www.cfre.org.
Visit www.cfre.org. The application for the CFRE exam is very detailed and inclusive. Please allow ample time to complete the application, as its submission and fee are required 90 days prior to your selected exam date.
When it's been determined that you can sit for the exam, CFRE International will provide you with a list of authorized testing centers that you can call and arrange to take the exam.
CFRE launched a new CFRE Examination in 2011. The new exam includes topics from the previous exam plus new topics in donor research, volunteer involvement, leadership and management, and ethics and accountability.
If you’d like more information about becoming a CFRE, please contact us.