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Glen Cosper Earns AFP’s Highest Fundraising Credential

(Aug. 13, 2007) Glen Cosper, director of planned giving and development operations for Scott & White Memorial in Temple, Texas, has earned AFP’s most distinguished credential, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE).

Cosper will be honored for his achievement during AFP’s 45th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego in March 2008.

“What a privilege to join the ranks of ACFRE,” said Cosper. “For some years now, it has been my goal to work towards this level of certification.  The entire process has allowed me to grow significantly in my education, widen my philosophy and continue ensuring my ethical standards are the foundation of my work everyday in Development.”

Available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 or more years, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement that has been earned by only 81 professionals around the world since the inception of the program in 1992.

“I urge everyone that is able to apply now for the ACFRE to do so and join in the process of growing in the field,” continued Cosper. “Those who are already CFREs should begin to look at the ACFRE as the standard to achieve.”

Prior to accepting his position at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Cosper was foundation manager for the Metroplex Health System Foundation in Killeen, Texas, and associate director and assistant vice president for university advancement for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He has been a member of AFP since 1990, serving as vice chair for professional advancement from 2003 to 2004. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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

The ACFRE Certification Board of AFP, chaired by William Carlton, ACFRE, president and CEO of Carlton and Company in Boston, oversees the ACFRE candidate review process. 

For more information about earning the ACFRE, click here.

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