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Angela Seaworth Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential From AFP

May 10, 2011

AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Angela Seaworth of Houston, Texas.

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 91 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 Jim Allen, ACFRE, oversees the ACFRE candidate review process.  Ms. Seaworth was honored for her achievement during AFP's 48th International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago in March 2011.

Seaworth currently serves as the director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University in Houston, which seeks to increase the effectiveness and impact of the nonprofit sector by providing education and nurturing leadership among professionals and those who support the work of nonprofit organizations. She earned a BA from Denison University, an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, an MA Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. Her career spans corporate public affairs and more than 10 years of professional fundraising, as well as serving on a variety of nonprofit boards.

"The ACFRE credential shows commitment to fundraising as a true profession," Seaworth said. "I felt it was important to have the highest-level certification, particularly in my current position as director for the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, to encourage other fundraisers to pursue professional advancement and to promote professionalization in the nonprofit sector."

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