Professional Certification (CFRE)

Our Chapter is dedicated to assisting its members in furthering their careers by obtaining their CFRE.

Workshop: Preparing for the CFRE 
Date: October 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. prior to the Chapter Luncheon
Place: Biltmore Hotel; 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Fee: $15 members/$20 non-members
Presenters:  Linda Lyon and Sonia Wright will share and answer questions about the process and steps to obtain your CFRE. After a brief introduction about CFRE, this will be an interactive question and answer session.

Application: Candidates must complete a written application that works on a point system. A minimum number of points in each of four areas must be documented. Those areas include: Professional Practice; Education; Performance; and Service. 

Examination: Candidates must achieve a passing score on a standardized written examination consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions that cover the following core knowledge areas: Prospect Identification, Solicitation, Donor Relations, Volunteerism, Management, and Stewardship. Exams are given at various locations around the Bay Area.

Accountability Standards: Upon making application to the program, candidates agree to adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights and the CFRE Program's Accountability Standards, designed to promote integrity and ethical behavior of fundraising executives.

Re-certification: Because fundraising is a dynamic field and because certification attests to a professional's competency, certification is awarded for a three-year period. A new application updating your Professional Practice, Education, Performance, and Service is required in order to continue to be certified.

For additional information, visit the CFRE website at

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