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Greater Toronto Chapter Markets ACFRE Program

June 21, 2008

(June 23, 2008) The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is developing a marketing program to encourage members to work towards earning the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

At the ACFRE reception at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego in March 2008, the challenge was issued for each ACFRE to commit to recruit one new candidate to the program. In response, Toronto chapter member Jim Allen, ACFRE, agreed to lead this initiative working with Cynthia Quigley, their chapter administrator.

Led by its Ethics and Professional Development Committee, the chapter held an overview session of the ACFRE accreditation process and invited its members who had earned the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and are close to meeting the initial qualifications for the ACFRE.  Twenty six members of the chapter responded that they were interested in possibly seeking their ACFRE accreditation.

Allen and Bill Hallett, ACFRE, both members of the Greater Toronto Chapter and Dan Clapin, ACFRE, and member of the AFP Ottawa Chapter, co-hosted the May 13 information session. In addition to the information presented, the ACFREs there offered themselves as resources for potential candidates as well.

Of the 26  members who indicated an interest, 13 were able to attend the overview session and the remaining members indicated they wanted the handout materials and remain interested in the ACFRE process.

The Greater Toronto Chapter hopes that their initiative will lead other AFP chapters to start a similar program in their area. For more information about the session, contact Cynthia Quigley at cquigley@afptoronto.org.

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