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The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) is an internationally recognized credential for professional fundraisers who meet specific standards of achievement, skills, and expertise. CFRE symbolizes a commitment to excellence and membership in a community of fundraising leaders.

Certification requires a successfully completed written application and exam, and a pledge to follow the Association of Fundraising Professional's code of ethics and accountability standards. Applications are judged based on education, professional practice, performance and service.

To learn more, visit the CFRE website for information about the exam, to locate preparatory classes, and to register to complete an online application.

Top 10 Reasons to Become a CFRE:

1.   Certification grants you more credibility.

2.   Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement.

3.   Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities.

4.   Certification improves skills and knowledge.

5.   Certification may provide for greater earnings potential.

6.   Certification demonstrates your commitment to the fundraising professions.

7.   Certification enhances the profession's image.

8.   Certification reflects achievement.

9.   Enriches self esteem.

10.  Certification offers greater recognition from peers.

2017 Exam Dates and Deadlines

  • January 15 - March 15, 2017 - Application deadline is December 31, 2016.  Re-examination request deadline is December 31, 2016.
  • April 15 - June 15, 2017 - Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Re-examination request deadline is March 31, 2017.
  • July 15 - September 15, 2017 - Application deadline is June 30, 2017.  Re-examination request deadline is June 31, 2017.
  • October 1 - November 30, 2017 - Application deadline is September 30, 2017.  Re-examination request deadline is September 30, 2017.

Check out the CFRE Refresher Course

AFP Greater Austin Chapter’s CFRE Resources

CFRE Tracker Quarter 2 2017 Programs

CFRE Tracker Quarter 1 2017 Programs

CFRE Tracker 2016 Programs

CFRE Tracker IU Managing the Capital Campaign 2015

CFRE Tracker IU Principles & Techniques of Fund Raising 2015

CFRE Tracker 2015 Programs

CFRE Tracker IU Planned Giving: Getting the Proper Start 2014

CFRE Tracker IU Developing Annual Sustainability 2014

CFRE Tracker 2014 Programs

CFRE Tracker 2013 Programs

CFRE Tracker 2012 Programs

The AFP Greater Austin Chapter is proud to have more than 40 current members who have their CFRE certification. To support members who are interesting in becoming a CFRE and for those members who must maintain their certification, we offer programs that can be considered continuing education. We also can connect interested applicants with a current CFRE to answer any questions you might have and help you find a study partner.

The AFP Greater Austin Chapter is an approved provider for CFRE continuing education.  Participation in AFP monthly luncheons, Williamson County Breakfast Series, Hays County Luncheons and Webinars are applicable for CFRE continuing education credits.  

Congratulations to new CFRE's! If you have earned your CFRE in the past year, and are not on this list, please email and let us know.

March 2016

Emma Lindrose, CFRE, Colorado River Alliance

Amelia Long, CFRE, Central Texas Food Bank

Michael Nevergall, CFRE, Upbring

Ariana Pettigrew, CFRE

Seth Sather, CFRE, The Long Center

Good luck to those who are taking the CFRE in 2017!