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Becoming a CFRE . Why Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Should Be Your Next Personal and Professional Goal. Everything You Wanted To Know. What is certification? Certification vs. Certificate CFRE International: Who We Are Elements of a Profession What distinguishes CFRE?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Becoming a CFREWhy Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Should Be Your Next Personal and Professional Goal

1Everything You Wanted To KnowWhat is certification?Certification vs. CertificateCFRE International: Who We AreElements of a ProfessionWhat distinguishes CFRE?Why Pursue Professional Certification?Certification ProcessCFRE ExaminationHow do I Study?Timeline After the ExamRecertificationCFRE Programme Statistics 2What is Certification?Certification - a voluntary process to recognise individuals for meeting standards set by a third party

Accreditation - a voluntary process to recognise institutions or organisations for meeting standards set by a third party

Licensure - a mandatory governmental requirement necessary for individuals to practice in a particular profession 3What is Certification?Certification assures the public that an individual demonstrates specific knowledge required of a practitioner at a certain level.

Academic degrees and educational certificates do not certify demonstrated knowledge of professional practitioners. Certification vs. CertificateResults from an assessment process

For individuals

Typically requires professional experience

Indicates mastery of knowledge usually assessed through an exam

Awarded by third-party, standard-setting organisation

Results from an educational process

For individuals

For newcomers and experienced professionals

Indicates completion of a course or series of courses with a specific focus

Awarded by educational programmes or institutions 5Certification vs. CertificateStandards set by a thorough, defensible, industry-wide process resulting in outline of required knowledge or skillsTypically results in a designation to use after ones name (CFRE, CFP, APRA)

Has on-going requirements in order to maintain; holder must continue to demonstrate he/she meets requirements

Course content set a variety of ways (dean, faculty, instructor)

Usually listed on a resume detailing education; may issue a document to hang on the wall

Is the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time

6CFRE International: Who We AreCFRE International is an independent, internationally recognized certifying body for the fundraising profession. An independent agency endorsed by leading philanthropic associations and members of the public setting standards in philanthropyCFRE International was created by AHP and AFP as a separate but affiliated organization Ensures credibility of the exam and designation: Separation of the educational bodies (AFP and AHP) from the credentialing body (CFRE International).

CFRE International: Who We AreVision: To be the premier global provider of professional certification of proficiency and practice in fundraisingTo position CFRE as the primary credential for career fundraisers for practitioners, employers and the publicMission:CFRE fulfills this vision by establishing and administering a voluntary certification process based on current and valid standards that measure competency in the practice of philanthropic fundraising. In furtherance of its mission, CFRE International promotes voluntary certification, in dialogue with government and other bodies globally, as the preferred alternative to licensure and/or government regulation. 8CFRE International: Who We AreGoverned by currently certified fundraising professionals elected by the certificant populationThe only internationally recognised baseline credential for fundraising professionalsCFRE works with participating, leading philanthropic organizationsAccredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) More than 5,400 CFRE certificants worldwide

9Who Are the Participating Organisations?Across North America:Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Association of Christian Development Professionals (ACDP)Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)Canadian Association of Gift Planners*Association canadienne des professionnels en dons planfies (CAGP*ACPDP) Council for Resource Development (CRD)The Giving Institute (formerly AAFRC)International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)North American YMCA Development Organisation (NAYDO) 10Who Are the Participating Organisations?In the United Kingdom:Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC) Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE)In AustralasiaAssociation of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education (ADAPE) AustralasiaFundraising Institute - Australia (FIA)Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)In KenyaKenya Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsIn the United StatesNational Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP)Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI)United Way Worldwide (UWW)Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO) 11Elements of a ProfessionMost professions possess the following:Recognised body of knowledgeContinuing education for professionalsCode of ethicsResearch studying the professionCertification for practitioners in the profession

Recognised Body of KnowledgeBased on a job analysis International study of fundraising practiceThe survey listed all the fundraising duties and all the knowledge which might be required to be a fundraiser. Respondents are asked:which fundraising tasks they perform; how frequently they perform them; and how critical those tasks and knowledge areas are to fundraising.Result is the Core Body of Knowledge required to be an effective fundraising professional

Other Hallmarks of a ProfessionContinuing education for professionals (offered by Participating Organisations, college and universities)Code of ethics (offered by Participating Organisations)Research studying the professionThese are provided by any number of professional associations to their membersCertification of professionals provided by CFRE International What Distinguishes CFRE?Certification Requires:Fundraising ExperienceContinuing EducationDemonstrated Fundraising PerformanceCommunity ServiceCandidates adhere to the Donor Bill of RightsCandidates pledge adherence to Accountability Standards

15CFRE Certificants Have Fundraising ExperienceCertificants have at least five years of paid, professional experience as a member of a philanthropic fundraising staff or as a consultant to a nonprofit bringing a significant knowledge base to any position.

16CFRE Certificants Remain Current with Trends and Best PracticesCertificants are required to continue to obtain current professional development information, explore new knowledge in specific content areas, master new fundraising related skills and techniques, and conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner. 17CFRE Certificants Have a Proven Track RecordCertificants have a track record of performance with communications projects, management assignments, or front line fundraising experience with outcomes that directly impact the development function of their organisation and must demonstrate this throughout their certification.

18CFRE Certificants Engage in Community ServiceCertificants are personally and professionally invested in their community. Through participation in professional associations and/or community organisations (i.e., local church, youth groups, service clubs, etc.), members are active volunteers who care about their community. 19Why Pursue Professional Certification? Credibility. CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals. 20Why Pursue Professional Certification?Achievement. CFRE certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in philanthropy.86% of candidates report these as main reasons for pursuing certification

Why Pursue Professional Certification?Commitment. Receiving CFRE certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, donors your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards. CFRE certification programme seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals, who can stand out in front as role models in the fundraising field.

22Why Pursue Professional Certification?Advancement. CFRE certification can give you the edge when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. The CFRE clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated mastery of fundraising principles and techniques based on accepted best practices.34% of candidates cite job advancement and increased pay as the top reason for pursuing certification Why Pursue Professional Certification?Recognition. As a CFRE certificant, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.

Personal Satisfaction. CFRE certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction.

Why Pursue Professional Certification?Responsibility. Knowledge. Skills. CFRE certification indicates your willingness to invest in your own professional development. CFRE certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. Recertification is required every three years, proving you stay ahead of the curve in fundraising. Why the CFRE?In the U.S., CFRE certificants earn over $25,000 more than their non-certified colleaguesAverage salary