Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)


Congrats to the 2021 Class of new CFRE's!
These 265 individuals join over 7,400 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

See full list here.


A voluntary credential that is recognized worldwide, the CFRE signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.

It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. We believe the CFRE credential is vital to a fundraiser’s professional growth and that it sets the standard for ethical practice in the sector.

ANSI Accreditation

In 2017, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited CFRE certification under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personnel certification programs, making the CFRE credential the world’s only accredited certification for philanthropic fundraising professionals.

ANSI accreditation is the hallmark of a rigorous, high-quality certification program. Accreditation by ANSI means that the CFRE credential’s global significance is recognized by other worldwide accrediting bodies with which ANSI has multilateral recognition agreements.

Reach and Scope

More than 7,200 fundraising professionals from over 20 countries are currently CFREs. They work throughout all segments of the nonprofit sector including healthcare, education, and the arts, where they bring adherence to rigorous standards to all aspects of their work.

CFRE is poised to expand its reach in the coming years, growing philanthropic sector recognition of the CFRE credential and growing in service to certificants and partner organizations in the sector.

Differing Types of Workplace Credentials and Certifications

The CFRE is a third-party certification that assesses fundraising competence. Learn more about how a third-party certification differs from other types of workplace certificates, certifications, and licenses in this video from ANSI.


Monthly Spotlight
Decades of service. Years of dedication.

Congratulations to the newest CFRE in 2021!

Lisa Williams, CFRE 
Director of Development, Trees Forever

Q&A with Lisa

1.      When did you obtain your CFRE? August 30, 2021

2.      How do you plan to maintain your credentials?

Staying connected with the resources and opportunities through AFP is one way to continue learning and maintain my credentials.

3.      What are the benefits of CFRE in your opinion?

As fundraisers, we are very focused on the future – we look to the next project, the next quarter, the next goal. Sometimes we are so focused on what’s ahead we forget how far we’ve come. Preparing for CFRE certification required me to assess and track past performance and accomplishments. Having my CFRE shows I’m committed to the fundraising profession.

4.      What is one piece of advice for anyone in fundraising today?

Sometimes the pressure of goals and a constant sense of urgency can lead you to think you’re not enough. “Oh, if only I could do this, or I wish I had done that instead.” Don’t let those thoughts keep you from taking pride in your good work. You may not see it immediately, but what you do makes a difference for the people and causes you serve. Keep a file of “love notes” from donors and read them when you need a little boost.

Eastern Iowa Chapter CFREs

Brenda K. Haefner, CFRE
Eric S. Weiler, CFRE
Helen B. Arnold, CFRE
Hilery S Livengood, CFRE, MA, BA
Jason S. Wright, CFRE
Jeannette Archer-Simons, CFRE
Jenifer Vick, CFRE
Jody Pellerin, CFRE
Justin C. Tolan, CFRE
Kelly Allen, CFRE
Laura Booth CFRE
Lisa Williams, CFRE
Lois Ann Buntz, CFRE, MSW, ASCW, LCSW
Lorrie Erusha, CFRE, BA,MS
Melissa Pence, CFRE
Michele Ellen Brock, CFRE, MBA

Is your name missing? Please let us know if you’ve achieved your CFRE credentials so we can acknowledge your accomplishment. Email the chapter administrator at afpeasterniowachapter@gmail.com.