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Healey Earns ACFRE Credential

(Aug. 1, 2005) Roberta A. Healey, MBA, NHA, is now one of just 75 fundraisers in the world to have earned the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential, the highest credential an AFP member can attain.

Healey currently serves as development director for The Hickman, a Quaker assisted-living community in West Chester, Pa. She is also principal of Farr Healey Consulting LLC.

'I have been lucky to have been mentored by outstanding development professionals, many of whom hold the ACFRE credential,' Healey says. 'As I grew professionally, I wanted to hold myself up to the same demonstrated standards of practice.'

She was honored for her achievement during AFP's 42nd International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore in April 2005. Other ACFREs honored at the conference included William J. Brown, Audrey Kintzi, Shereitte Stokes III and Leslie Weir.

Healey has previously served as executive director of PresbyHomes Foundation in Lafayette Hill, Pa., and vice president for development and marketing of The Philadelphia Protestant Home. She is a past president and chair of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter and is a member of the AFP board of directors, where she serves as vice chair of the Professional Advancement Division.

An international speaker and trainer, Healey is an AFP Master Teacher, having earned the designation with the first AFP Faculty Academy class in January 2000. In 2001, she was named AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter Fund Raising Executive of the Year.

Healey is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philanthropy and Leadership Studies at Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an adjunct graduate school faculty member at the Campolo School of Social Change of Eastern University in St. David's, Pa., and the Villanova University Graduate School of Political Science in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern University in Boston, and an MBA from Villanova University.

The ACFRE Certification Process

'Without a doubt, the oral examination was the most enjoyable part of the process,' Healey says. 'The opportunity to successfully answer a series of focused questions with a panel of individuals who have already achieved the ACFRE was clearly the highlight.'

Available only to senior-level fundraisers, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement earned by only 76 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992. To be eligible to receive the ACFRE, a potential candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently hold the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential or be a current Fellow, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP)
  • Agree to uphold AFP's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and A Donor Bill of Rights
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the fundraising field
  • Have participated in fundraising ethics courses as well as senior level organizational management and leadership seminars or courses during the previous five years
  • Actively participate in a field related professional organization and demonstrate volunteer service to other nonprofit organizations.

The program is the most rigorous certification process available to professional fundraisers, requiring successful achievement of several challenges.

A candidate must complete a comprehensive application, detailing his or her achievements in practice, education, publishing and service to the profession. Other aspects of the certification process include 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.

For more information about the ACFRE credential, click here.

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