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Congratulations to our 2022 CFRE Scholarship Recipient!

The CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) 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. Learn more at

On the fence about getting your CFRE? Watch this video for some tips and tricks from fundraisers with their CFRE. You don't want to miss this advice.


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Keri Pearson

I’m an experienced and energetic nonprofit professional who provides visionary leadership and has a strong passion for philanthropy. I try to bring my enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and strategic mindset to every new role. I have a deep understanding of donor motivations and strive to align donor interests with organizational goals, creating a meaningful and valuable philanthropic experience. It is the longstanding relationships with supporters and Board members which I find most rewarding and inspire me to continue my growth as a nonprofit professional. I believe exceptional stewardship and respect are key to developing new and strengthening established relationships. I’m diplomatic in my approach to conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders and easily connect with people. I received a BS in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and an Advanced Technical Certificate in Environmental Technology with specialized fieldwork training in water-monitoring. I enjoy spending time with my 7-year-old daughter, doing crafts, dancing, and being silly! Staying active is important to both my physical and mental health, so I stay very active.