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AFP Aloha Chapter - CFRE Review Course: Why Philanthropy? An Overview of Fundraising & Its Concepts / Current & Prospective Donor Research

March 17, 2014

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2014 AFP CFRE Review Course

The AFP Aloha Chapter CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) Review Course Series is an ongoing education series offering development professionals in Hawaii an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program in readiness for the CFRE credential. Course modules provide an overview of skills, techniques and program components based on professional fundraising experience at the five-year level. Content is organized around the CFRE exam domains: Current and Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Management, and Accountability. This course also helps mentor CFRE bound candidates with the application process.

Participants may start at any time in the series (March-October) and opt to take the entire course or pay to attend a module session of their choice. One time module session fees will be applied toward the entire course fee if participants join the entire course cohort. Those who complete the full course will qualify for scholarships that support partial coverage of CFRE testing fees. If you are registered for the entire course and miss any modules, they may be “made up” when the course is offered again in the following 10-12 months as the series will be recurring. 

Participants will engage in fundraising problem-solving with top-notch professionals and network with fundraising peers throughout the series. Attendees will be mentored through the online CFRE application to support point compilation and completion and identify areas of need in the process. A participant manual is included with the course.  Full participation in the AFP CFRE Review Course is applicable for 13.75 points in Category 1.B–Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.  

We will also be offering webinar capabilities for each of the modules which will give neighbor islanders/remote attendees access to the course. We will be charging an additional fee of $15 per module to cover the technology fees if registering for individual modules only. For those registering for full participation, the webinar fee will be waived. Please contact John Ciambrone if you are interested in this option (see contact info in the More Details section below).


The course will be held the third Monday of each month from March to October 2014 from 10:00 am–12:00 PM.

Why Philanthropy? An Overview of Fundraising & Its Concepts / Current & Prospective Donor Research   

Monday, March 17, 2014  

Marketing and Communications for Fundraising & Development

Monday, April 21, 2014

Developing a Comprehensive Solicitation Program  

  Monday, May 19, 2014

Building and Sustaining Relationships

  Monday, June 16, 2014

Securing the Gift 

  Monday, July 21, 2014

Volunteer Involvement

  Monday, August 18, 2014

Management and Accountability

  Monday, September 15, 2014


  Monday, October 20, 2014  TBA                                                  

View: Detailed descriptions of modules

Please Note: Participation in the AFP CFRE Review Course may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. However, the AFP CFRE Review Course is not designed specifically as a prep course for the exam. It is designed to provide a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level.

AFP highly recommends that the review course be just one of the resources you use in preparing to take the CFRE exam. Your study should also include reading books that appear on the CFRE Resource Reading List. The CFRE Resource Reading List and other resources can be found at the CFRE International website,

View: Top 10 Reasons to Become CFRE Certified


Monday, March 17, 2014: Why Philanthropy? An Overview of Fundraising & Its Concepts and Current & Prospective Donor Research

John A. Ciambrone, CFRE, Senior Vice President & Regional Director, Hawaii Region
John Ciambrone's Bio

Sanae Tokumura, ACFRE, APR, Solid Concepts, Inc.
Sanae Tokumura's Bio

Monday, April 21, 2014: Marketing and Communications for Fundraising and Development
Faculty: TBA

Tuesday, May 19, 2014: Developing a Comprehensive Solicitation Program
Faculty: TBA

Tuesday, June 16, 2014: Building and Sustaining Relations
Faculty: TBA

Tuesday, July 21, 2014: Securing the Gift
Faculty: TBA

Tuesday, August 18, 2014: Volunteer Involvement
Faculty: TBA

Tuesday, September 15, 2014: Management and Accountability
Faculty: TBA

Monday, October 20, 2014: Accountability

John A. Ciambrone, CFRE, Senior Vice President & Regional Director, Hawaii Region
John Ciambrone's Bio


Early bird registration by Friday, March 7, 2014:

$300 AFP member / $400 non-member

After March 7:

$350 AFP member / $450 non-member


The Aloha Chapter is offering scholarships/incentive awards for those who opt to take the entire course. Scholarships of $200.00 will be awarded toward the CFRE certification process: $50.00 to be applied to the CFRE Review Course fee and $150 toward the CFRE testing fee will be awarded for completing the CFRE Review Course and taking the CFRE exam within one year of the completing the course. If you are awarded a scholarship, the amount will be reimbursed to you. 

Download: CFRE Review Scholarship Application/Criteria

More Details 

Program questions: Contact John Ciambrone at 808-238-0119 or

Scholarship opportunities: AFP Scholarship Form

Registration questions: Contact the AFP Aloha Office.


  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - Monday, October 20, 2014
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Paki I Conference Room
  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Directions: Bishop Museum is located off the Likelike exit of the H-1 on Bernice St. Proceed through the Museum’s main gate and turn right to access the upper parking lot. Park as near the first building as possible and Paki I will be located on the ground floor in our Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame. Security is located at the end of the hallway if you need directions or assistance.
  • Get Driving Directions to Bishop Museum


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