CFRE Accreditation


“CFRE is like an endowment…it grows in value over time” Christine Colautti, CFRE

“Obtaining my CFRE was an investment in myself, an investment for my charity but more importantly, an investment in the belief that communities are stronger through strategic charitable giving” Jodi Maroney, CFRE

“Obtaining my CFRE was a way for me to demonstrate my commitment to the professional practice of development, confirmation that I possessed the knowledge and skills required to serve the philanthropic sector; and an understanding of the ethical standards by which the profession is bound.” Patricia A. Valleau, CFRE

“As a firm believer in building the competence and credibility of the non profit sector I chose to complete my CFRE and am very glad for the experience. It was difficult but rewarding and the resources provided by AFP were invaluable. Much has changed for me professionally as after attaining my CFRE I was inspired to further my education and broaden my experience beyond fundraising to include all aspects of the non profit sector.” Michele Sharp, CFRE

CFRE sets the standard for knowledge, experience and ethics held in high regard by fundraising professionals worldwide.

CFRE – Certified Fund Raising Executive Accreditation:
CFRE International offers the only internationally-recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. Based on current and valid practice-based standards, the CFRE designation is a personal and professional achievement that sets standards in philanthropy.

Did you know that CFRE-designated fund development professionals earn an average of $17,000 more per annum than their non-CFRE designated counterparts? And ACFRE-designated professionals earn an average of $80,000 more per annum!

Most AFP Professional Development events qualify for points towards the continuing education requirements for becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

How Do I Become Certified?
Start by visiting the CFRE website at It has everything you need to know to get you started, including:

  • Schedule of application deadlines and exam
  • Online application form
  • Exam content outline
  • Recommended reading list

CFRE Preparation Study Group:

We are in process of developing a CFRE Preparation Study Group – please express your interest by e-mailing