Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

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Decades of service. Years of dedication.

Eric Heininger, EDEN+ Funraising, President 

Q&A with Eric

Q:    When did you obtain your CFRE?
A:    I first received my CFRE in 2017 (and have been audited each time I renewed.)

Q:     How have you maintained your credentials?

A:     As many of you know, the continuing education is frequently the limiting factor for a practicing fundraiser. I attend local AFP chapters, Mid Iowa Planned Giving Council, the AFP ICON, CGP, AHP, and CASE conferences. *Bonus tip* You can triple count hours for presenting original content! 


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

A:     Having your CFRE is both an investment in yourself and in the profession as a whole. It makes sure that you are keeping up to date on the major academic and practical trends. It also brings a professionalism to what has been a historically apprentice or on-the-job experiential training plan. The CFRE tells those around you that you are invested in making sure we are operating at our best for the common good.

Q:     What is one piece of advice for anyone in fundraising today?
A:     There's a wealth of academic knowledge coming out of the fundraising profession as a whole that can make what you do every day better. Whether it's word choices, behavioral science, or strategy on timing & cadence. If you are not staying ahead of the trends you will be falling behind quickly. Being a lifelong learner is essential to being a great fundraiser! 


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.


Eastern Iowa Chapter CFREs

Brenda K. Haefner, CFRE
Dawn Brouwers, CFRE
Eric Heininger, CFRE
Eric S. Weiler, CFRE
Helen B. Arnold, CFRE
Hilery S Livengood, CFRE, MA, BA
Jason S. Wright, CFRE
Jenifer Vick, CFRE
Jody Pellerin, CFRE
Julie Coppock, CFRE
Kelly Allen, CFRE
Laura Booth CFRE
Lois Ann Buntz, CFRE, MSW, ASCW, LCSW
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.