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Ohio Fundraiser Benjamin Imdieke Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP

October 16, 2013

(Arlington, VA) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Benjamin J. Imdieke of Toledo, OH.

Available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 or more years, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement earned by only 100 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992.

The ACFRE program is the most rigorous certification process available to professional fundraisers.  The process includes a comprehensive application, detailing achievements in practice, education, publishing, teaching, and service to the profession; a written examination that measures a candidate’s knowledge of fundraising as well as the philosophical, ethical, and social aspects of philanthropy; a portfolio representing the candidate’s body of professional work; and an oral peer review in which the candidate must articulate a mastery of advanced-level knowledge in fundraising management, leadership, and ethics.

The ACFRE Certification Board of AFP, chaired by Jill A. Pranger, ACFRE, oversees the ACFRE candidate review process.  Mr. Imdieke will be honored for his achievement during AFP’s Leadership Academy in October 2013.

Imdieke is senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation. A Master of Arts graduate of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, he was a member of the tenth Jane Addams - Andrew Carnegie Fellowship under the direction of Robert L. Payton. His former positions include vice president of development for the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and senior consultant at the national fundraising consulting firm, Campbell & Company.

An accomplished musician and composer, Imdieke has been twice recognized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for music contributed to the American College Theatre Festival.  As a member of the fourth generation to be raised on his family’s Minnesota farm, he has a deep and abiding stewardship for the earth, expressed through a commitment to sustainable, nourishing food and zero impact exploration of the outdoors. Imdieke has a particular commitment to diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector, having served as a member of the AFP Chicago Mentorship Committee, membership chair of the AFP Ohio, Northwest Chapter and as coordinator of the summer internship program at Campbell & Company. 

Imdieke, his wife and their two year-old son live in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, where he is enrolled at the University of Toledo College of Law. He is learning the Tibetan language and the lap steel guitar in his spare time.

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