Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an independent nonprofit organization whose sole mission is dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals.



The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Program


Why the CFRE?

CFRE stands for "Certified Fundraising Executive."  Administered by CFRE International, the CFRE credential demonstrates your professional achievement and commitment to the fundraising profession. This is achieved through mastery of core knowledge and skills required of fundraising professionals with at least three years of experience.

AFP fully supports the CFRE credential, and is a proud "Participating Organization" along with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, The Giving Institute, United Way, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and numerous other organizations.

As a participating organization, AFP professional development programming qualifies for CFRE continuing education credit, which is a prerequisite for certification. 

For more details about the CFRE credential and the certification process, visit CFRE International at 


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.