The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program
Why Should I Consider Becoming a CFRE?
Certification is becoming important in many professional industries and the fundraising community is no exception. There are many reasons to become certified, including:
How Do I Earn the CFRE Credential?
Certification is a 3 step process:
CFRE Tracking Forms
Full participation in AFP Southern Colorado programs may be applicable for points toward initial certification and/or recertification. For your convenience, we provide tracking forms for our programs.
How Does AFP SOCO Support CFRE Candidates?
Our local chapter supports CFRE candidates and certificants in various ways.
2022 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
AFP SOCO recognizes the significance of the CFRE designation and supports members who wish to seek this distinction. The AFP SOCO Chapter is offering this scholarship funding to help defray the cost of the certification process for current members in good standing. The applicant will receive half of the testing fee, up to $350, to support the cost of CFRE certification.
Applicants must complete the online scholarship application along with a current resume. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the AFP SOCO Chapter Administrator. Upon successfully passing the exam, applicant will submit a copy of CFRE certificate to claim scholarship. You must claim your scholarship within one month after you have received your certificate.
Debbie Swanson, CFRE
"Now that I have attained my CFRE credential, I have something tangible to offer in support of my capabilities. It has done much for my own sense of confidence. It is not something to take lightly – it took two attempts to earn this designation, and I had been fundraising for 17 years. It took understanding that the exam tests on the knowledge of underlying theories and the best practices in fundraising and the ability to apply these theories and practices in our everyday work scenarios. It took more than just studying to pass – I had to assimilate the information deeply within me, to find the heart, purpose, and passion behind our profession, to capture the nuances that make this profession ethical and professional. Even though I have earned the certification, going through this process will make me an even better fundraiser."
~ Debbie Swanson, CFRE, ~ Pikes Peak Fund Development Manager at Girl Scouts of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Past CFRE Scholarship Recipients
2017 Winner: Michelle Reich, CFRE ~ Development Officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation