The Association of Fundraising Professional Cape Fear Region Chapter is pleased to announce two scholarship recipients for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an internationally recognized credential that attests to an individual’s knowledge, skill, and achievements as a fundraising professional based on current and valid practice-based standards.
The Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Credentials will provide an AFP Cape Fear chapter member with the funds to cover study materials and the CFRE exam fees. The Birnbach Scholarship has been set up by Jane Birnbach, CFRE and AFP member, to help reduce barriers for nonprofit leaders who wish to advance both their careers and the profession with this professional certification.
Logan Thompson is the recipient of the Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Certification in 2021. Thompson currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy at Cape Fear Community College Foundation, where she has surpassed annual fundraising goals within months and increased donor stewardship by 300%. Previously, Thompson was the Executive Director of Welcome Home Angel from 2016-2020, where she oversaw tremendous growth in annual revenue and individual giving.
The AFP Cape Fear Chapter is matching the Birnbach Scholarship for 2021, as part of its mission to provide fundraising professionals in our community with professional development opportunities for effective and ethical fundraising practices.
Bethany Leighton is the recipient of the AFP Cape Fear Chapter Scholarship for CFRE certification. Leighton currently serves as the Executive Director of Canines for Service, a role which she accepted in October 2020. Prior to that, Leighton served as the Fundraising Director for StepUp Wilmington from 2016-2020. Leighton has more than 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and communications. Leighton has served on the Board of the Cape Fear Chapter since 2015 and is wrapping up her two year term as President of the AFP Cape Fear Chapter at the end of this year.