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Pamela Cook Earns AFP’s Highest Professional Fundraising Credential

(Nov. 20, 2006) Pamela Cook, principal with Pamela Cook Development and Search in San Rafael, Calif., has been awarded the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential by AFP.

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 79 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992.

“I see the ACFRE as a tangible expression of my commitment to the development field,” said Cook. “While the ACFRE required significant time and energy, I liked the idea of a multi-stage process where I could demonstrate my experience and knowledge in different ways at each stage.”

Cook will be honored for her achievement during AFP’s 44th International Conference on Fundraising in Dallas, in March 2007.

Cook received a B.A. from Duke in 1977 and an M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1981. She was named the Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the AFP Golden Gate Chapter and Northern California Grantmakers in 2003.  Prior to establishing her own firm, Cook managed The Clorox Company Foundation and served in development positions with the University of Virginia, Stanford University and the California Academy of Sciences.

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
  • 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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