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A Lifetime Achievement: The ACFRE

September 25, 2005

(Sept. 26, 2005) Are you at the right career stage to consider attaining the ultimate professional credential - the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE)? If you currently hold the CFRE credential and have recertified at least once, and if you have 10 years of full-time fundraising experience, it's time to begin this invigorating process.

Attaining your ACFRE credential will be one of the most significant accomplishments of your professional life.

The ACFRE credential signals to fellow professionals, employers and the general public that its bearer possesses senior level fundraising knowledge, skills and leadership and practices the high management and professional standards.

Data from the annual AFP Compensation and Benefits survey indicate that those with the credential actually earn more on the job and appreciate their careers more than before beginning the ACFRE process. Furthermore, the credential, once attained, is permanent. There is no need to recertify.

To be eligible to receive the ACFRE, a potential candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and has recertified at least once; or current Fellow, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP);
  • Adherence to AFP's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and A Donor Bill of Rights;
  • Minimum 10 years of full-time professional fundraising experience at the time of application;
  • BS/BA degree or equivalent experience;
  • Participation within the previous five years in at least 15 contact hours of senior-level management and 15 contact hours of senior-level leadership seminars and/or courses. Academic courses and/or writing for the profession may be considered;
  • Participation within the previous five years in at least five hours of continuing education in fundraising ethics;
  • Membership and active participation in a field-related professional organization, with demonstrated volunteer service to nonprofit organizations.

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, 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 on earning your ACFRE, go to the Certification and Career Management section of the AFP website.

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