CFRE Online Refresher Course

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CFRE Online Refresher Course

February 27, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - February 28, 2024 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program to assist in preparing for the CFRE Examination.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Time: 12-4 p.m. both days (8 hours of combined instruction)
Location: Held virtually
Registration: Now open, closing on February 6, 2024. Secure your ticket here.
Pricing: $390 AFP Members, $490 Non Members. Five bursaries of $300 each are now available, closing on January 19, 2024. Apply now.

Who? The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is designed for fundraising professionals with 5 or more years of experience. Including executive directors, vice presidents of development, program managers and special event coordinators for local nonprofits and foundations. Also, staff members of university development offices.

Need to Know: Participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. However, the AFP CFRE Refresher Course is not designed specifically as a prep course for the exam. It is designed to provide a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level. AFP highly recommends that the refresher course be just one of the resources you use in preparing to take the CFRE exam.

Individuals are not required to take the CFRE Certification Exam after the course.
There is a separate application and application fee for the CFRE Exam which must be received by CFRE International at least 2 months (60 days) prior to the exam date.

Course overview: Participants will be asked to apply fundraising theory, skills, and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on experience at the three to five year level. This course will be presented by fellow fundraisers that have obtained their CFRE’s.

Domains include: Current & Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Leadership & Management Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism.

Participants Receive:
-A participant manual (to be shipped ahead of time to each attendee)
-A certificate of completion at the end of the course
-A head start for taking the CFRE Exam Full participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course is applicable for 8 points of CFRE Credit in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Your Hosts

This year’s hosts are Marla Smith, CFRE (Director of Development, Niagara Children’s Centre) and Sophia Reid, CFRE (Associate Director of Advancement Operations, the University of Waterloo).

Marla Smith is an accomplished Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and AFP Certified Facilitator (formerly AFP Master Trainer) with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her passion for philanthropy and expertise in authentic relationship building have made her a driving force in the industry. Since 2017, Marla has been serving as the Director of Development at Niagara Children’s Centre, where she leads with dedication, fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture that empowers her team to reach new heights. With a focus on small and midsized shops, Marla’s profound understanding of philanthropic best practices has earned her recognition throughout the non-profit sector. She actively contributes to AFP Golden Horseshoe, taking on leadership roles as the Chair of National Philanthropy Day and Co-Director of Education. Marla’s track record in Major Gifts, Donor Relations, Stakeholder Engagement, and Legacy Giving is a testament to her strategic thinking, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the community. Her exceptional leadership and advocacy for philanthropy have been instrumental in driving the success of Niagara Children’s Centre, and her influence continues to inspire and empower others to make a meaningful difference through their philanthropic endeavors.

Sophia Reid
is the Associate Director of Advancement Operations at the University of Waterloo. She has held various fundraising positions at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Humber College and Mohawk College Foundation. Sophia is an active member of several professional organizations such include the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, Association of Fundraising Professionals -Toronto Chapter, Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education – Program Advisory Committee and the Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective. Sophia is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an AFP Master Trainer with many years of leading various workshops. Outside of work and fundraising Sophia has a passion for fitness and enjoys dragon boating in the summer. She is a huge fan of the Toronto Raptors.



February 27, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
February 28, 2024 @ 4:00 pm


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