"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

William Penn


AFP continually offers educational opportunities for the experienced fundraising practitioner. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers.


The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) is an internationally recognized credential for professional fundraisers who meet specific standards of achievement, skills, and expertise. CFRE symbolizes a commitment to excellence and membership in a community of fundraising leaders.  

Founded in 2001, the mission of CFRE International is to certify experienced, fundraising professionals who aspire to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector. It is the only internationally recognized, accredited certification for fundraising professionals.   

Reasons to Become a CFRE.  Do you have what it takes?

Over 7,000 CFREs in 25 countries

89% of CFREs say certification enhanced their professional opportunities

57% of CFRE’s are considered upper management.

In 2018, US CFREs earned an average of $21,000 more than non-CFREs

93% of CFREs say the certifications has provided greater recognition from their peers.

CFRE’s represent a broad spectrum of the philanthropic sector! 

28% Education/Research   22% Health  21% Consultants  5% Arts 

Data sources from www.cfre.org. Visit the CFRE International website to learn more!

Certification requires a successfully completed written application and exam, and a pledge to follow the Association of Fundraising Professional’s code of ethics, Donor Bill of Rights, and accountability standards. Applications are judged based on education, professional practice, performance and service. Ready to apply?  Visit the CFRE Certification pages. 


The Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive Program (ACFRE) that demonstrates an individuals advanced leadership in fundraising. It is managed through the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and administered by the ACFRE Professional Certification Board.

Certification as an ACFRE recognizes an advanced level of fundraising leadership, management, ethics and professional standards.

Those interested in pursuing an ACFRE certification must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 10 years of experience in professional fundraising.
  • Currently have or hope to attain a leadership or managerial role in philanthropy.
  • Want to expand their knowledge and understanding of fundraising history, philosophy, and theory beyond a basic level, and/or
  • Have identified the ACFRE designation as a career objective

Candidates for ACFRE Professional Certification should be aware that not all “advanced” or “senior executive” continuing education opportunities are acceptable for the ACFRE application process.

Visit www.acfre.org to learn more!