Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)


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.

Lorrie Erusha, CFRE

President ~ Mercy Medical Center Foundation

AFP member since 2015!

Q&A with Lorrie

Q:    When did you obtain your CFRE?
A:    I obtained my CFRE in 2016.

Q:     How have you maintained your credentials?

A:     I have attended conferences (ICON, AHA, Crescendo) and local as well as national webinars to stay up to date and aware of trends.

Q:     What are the benefits of CFRE in your opinion? 

A:     The CFRE has given me confidence in my own abilities and it is a certification that means something to philanthropic donors. The respect you earn having a CFRE is a nod to the demonstrated desire that you aim to be an educated professional in this arena. Maintaining it is similar - donors recognize your desire to be relevant and current.

Q:     What is one piece of advice for anyone in fundraising today?
A:     Be authentic with your donors. It's okay to take the time to learn their passions and match your organizational needs to their passions. When you make a mistake, apologize and ask for forgiveness, donors are very eager to work with you when they believe in your mission and trust that you are using their dollars wisely.  Have fun! (Sorry, that's three!) 


Eastern Iowa Chapter CFREs

Brenda K. Haefner, CFRE
Dawn Brouwers, 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
Julie Coppock, CFRE
Kelly Allen, CFRE
Laura Booth CFRE
Lois Ann Buntz, CFRE, MSW, ASCW, LCSW
Lorrie Erusha, CFRE, BA,MS
Mary Klinger, CFRE
Megan Johnson, CFRE
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.