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Four Fundraisers Earn Highest Credential From AFP

August 9, 2011

Four fundraisers have earned the highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), from AFP.

The newest ACFRE recipients are Sharon Gleason of Washington, D.C., director of development for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, R. Scott Fortnum of Newmarket, Ontario, chief development officer for Saint Elizabeth Foundation, James K. Phelps of Vancouver, Wash., development director at the ACLU of Oregon, and Cecilia N. Soriano of Mission Viejo, Calif., who was most recently executive director of gift planning for University of California, Riverside.

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 95 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992.

“I congratulate the newest recipients of the ACFRE credential for their great achievement and I thank them for their dedication to ethical and effective fundraising,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Those who earn the ACFRE demonstrate utmost commitment and ability in fundraising. It’s always exciting to see our colleagues reach this level of distinction.”

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. The ACFRE recipients will be honored for their achievement during AFP’s Leadership Academy in Montreal in October 2011.

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