National Credential
Credential: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE)

The Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE), Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential is a professional certification for candidates who demonstrate knowledge of all facets of the fund raising process. A CFRE is an individual who can secure gifts for an organization and maintain relationships with donors in an ethical manner. Obtaining a CFRE certification validates a candidate's experience and education in the fund raising field. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 46S Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE)
225 Reinekers Ln
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Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: (703) 820-5555
Fax: (703) 820-1107

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

In order to be considered eligible, candidates must submit an application demonstrating education, professional practice, and professional performance. A candidate is determined to be eligible for the certification if the minimum number of points in each category are met within the past 5 years:

  1. Education - 80 points - points are awarded based on continuing education, authoring, academic degrees, and service learning.
  2. Professional Practice - 36 Points - 1 month of full-time employment = 1 point. See the CFRE website for details about part-time employment and consulting. 
  3. Professional Performance - 55 points - points are awarded based on actual funds raised, communications projects, and management projects.
Allowances are made for degrees held for initial certification.

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

  • Current and Prospective Donor Research (14%)
    • Develop a list of prospective donors by identifying individuals, groups, and entities, such as foundations, corporations, and government agencies, with the linkage, ability, and interest to give in order to qualify prospective donors for further research and cultivation.
    • Implement and utilize a secure data management system to ensure data privacy, store information on current and prospective donors, and enable segmented retrieval and analysis.
    • Collect and analyze current and prospective donor information including demographics, psycho-graphics, interests, values, motivations, culture, ability, giving and volunteer history, relationships, and linkages to select potential donors for particular projects and fundraising programmes.
    • Rate current and prospective donors on linkage, ability, and interest to prioritise and plan cultivation and solicitation.
    • Communicate and validate relevant donor information with key organizational stakeholders to establish a plan of action for engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Securing the Gift (23%)
    • Develop a case for support by involving stakeholders in order to communicate the rationale for supporting the organization’s mission.
    • Identify solicitation strategies and techniques appropriate to current and prospective donor groups.
    • Develop and implement specific solicitation plans for the involvement of individual donors, donor groups and/or entities.
    • Prepare donor-focused solicitation communications in order to facilitate informed gift decisions.
    • Ask for and secure gifts from current and prospective donors in order to generate financial support for the organization’s mission.
  • Relationship Building (26%)
    • Initiate and strengthen relationships with constituents through systematic cultivation and stewardship plans designed to build trust in, and long-term commitment to, the organization.
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents about the organization’s mission, vision, values, financial and ethical practices, funding priorities, and gift opportunities.
    • Promote a culture of philanthropy by broadening constituents’ understanding of the value of giving.
    • Acknowledge and recognize donor gifts and engagement in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the mission and values of the organization.
  • Volunteer Involvement (8%)
    • Identify organizational readiness and opportunities to engage volunteers.
    • Create structured processes for the identification, recruitment, orientation, training, evaluation, recognition, retention and succession of volunteers.
    • Develop specific role descriptions and terms of commitment to empower and support volunteers and enhance their effectiveness.
    • Engage various types of volunteers (for example, board, programme, campaign) in the fundraising process to increase organizational capacity.
    • Participate in recruiting experienced and diverse leadership on boards and/or committees to ensure these groups are representative of, and responsive to, the communities served.
  • Leadership and Management (19%)
    • Demonstrate leadership that advances fundraising practice.
    • Advocate for and support a culture of philanthropy and the advancement of fundraising across the organization and its constituencies.
    • Ensure that sound administrative and management policies and procedures are in place to support fundraising functions.
    • Participate in the organization’s strategic planning process to ensure the integration of fundraising and philanthropy.
    • Design and implement short- and long-term fundraising plans and budgets to support the organization’s strategic goals.
    • Employ marketing and public relations principles and tools to support and grow fundraising programmes.
    • Conduct ongoing performance measurement and analysis of fundraising programmes using accepted and appropriate standards and metrics in order to identify opportunities, resolve problems, and inform future planning.
    • Recruit, train, and support staff by providing professional development opportunities and applying human resource principles to foster professionalism and a productive, team-oriented work environment.
    • Utilize external services as needed to optimize the efforts of the fundraising function.
  • Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism (10%)
    • Ensure that all fundraising activities and policies comply with ethical principles and legal standards and reflect the values of the organization and the community.
    • Communicate principles of ethical fundraising to stakeholders to promote ethical practices and strengthen a culture of philanthropy.
    • Promote ethical fundraising as a crucial component of philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit sector and support the sector’s role as a pillar of civil society.
    • Clarify, implement, monitor, and honor donors’ intent and instructions regarding the use of gifts.
    • Ensure that allocations of donations are accurately documented in the organization’s records.
    • Report to constituents the sources, uses, impact, and management of donations to demonstrate transparency and enhance public trust in the organization.
    • Participate as an active and contributing member of the fundraising profession through activities such as mentoring, continuing education, research, and membership in professional associations.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination:

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Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential has the following recertification information:

Recertification for the CFRE certification occurs on a three-year cycle. Recertification is awarded based on a points system. Certification holders must earn a minimum number of points in the following categories:
  1. Education - 45 points within the past 3 years - points are awarded based on continuing education, authoring, academic degrees, and service learning.
  2. Professional Practice - 30 points within the past 3 years - 1 month of employment = 1 point.
  3. Professional Performance - 40 points within the past 3 years - points are awarded based on actual funds raised, communications projects, and management projects.

Certification holders who meet the required minimum number of points in each category are not required to take an exam.

For more information on recertification, please visit the CFRE website.