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About CFRE

Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an independent 501(c)6 whose sole mission is dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process.

Between 1981 and 1996, two leading professional associations had their own separate certification programs, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy offered the CAHP and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, formerly NSFRE, offered the CFRE. 

In 1997 for the betterment of the entire profession, those two organisations merged their programs to form the independent CFRE Professional Certification Board, now CFRE International.  Following the creation of CFRE International, other leading philanthropic associations joined in support of the program.


CFRE International exists to uphold the public trust through voluntary certification of fundraising professionals. Through the CFRE credential, CFRE International supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector.


To be the premier professional certification provider of proficiency and practice in fundraising, and to position CFRE as the primary credential for career nonprofit fundraisers, employers, and the public.


You can keep track of your education seminars, dollars raised, community service hours, etc. on the CFRE website. You can find out more about CFRE, tracking and exam process at 

AFP, MHV Chapter

The AFP MHV Chapter is a provider for CFRE ceu credits and our audio conferences and seminars meet the requirements for ceu credits.  When possible we provide written documentation.

The AFP CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program.  It is a two-day, intensive program the purpose of which is to provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level. The course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles, at a step above the fundamental level.  Its content is organized around the CFRE exam domains: Current and Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Management, and Accountability.  Participants engage in fundraising problem-solving with top-notch professionals and network with fundraising peers. Full participation in the AFP CFRE Review Course is applicable for 13.75 points of CFRE Credit in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.”  Minor changes were made to the CFRE International Exam in June 2011. To read more, please click here.  

For a schedule of when and where the CFRE Review Course is being offered click here.

The revised AFP CFRE Review Course study guide is also available for purchase though the AFP Bookstore.

Suggested study guides:  (also available via the AFP Store at a discount)  (will hopefully be available via the AFP Store soon)

(information provided from the CFRE website

For Additional Information about the AFP Courses: Click on the course names above or contact the Professional Advancement Coordinator for more information. Direct: 703-519-8494 or Toll Free: 800-666-3863 x494; Email: Be sure to check the website as more educational programs are added, registrations open and more information become available.