Changes to the ACFRE Process: Now’s the Time to Earn Fundraising’s Highest Level of Achievement

Fundraisers with more than 20 years of experience no longer need to have earned the CFRE before working to obtain their ACFRE, the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credential.

In addition, through a grant from Ted Hart, CAP, ACFRE and CAF America, any ACFRE candidate who successfully completes the application phase of the ACFRE process is eligible to ask the ACFRE Board to waive the fee for any ensuing phases (portfolio, written and/or oral exam). Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the $4,000 limit is reached. The grant will expire on December 2, 2020.

The changes add up to a great time for fundraisers interested in earning the ACFRE, the highest level of achievement bestowed by AFP, to begin the process.

“I became an ACFRE because I can’t resist a challenge,” said Leah Eustace, CFRE, ACFRE, president of Blue Canoe Philanthropy. “I love being one because I can now tell everyone about the journey and inspire others to challenge themselves, too.”

For more than 25 years, the ACFRE credential has recognized individuals who have committed themselves not only to AFP, but to the charitable sector through demonstrating the highest ethical standards, a commitment to lifelong learning as well as outstanding professionalism and leadership.

Although it may seem challenging to obtain, the ACFRE credential signifies an exemplary level of dedication toward changing communities across the globe and allows for the opportunity to serve as thought leaders, teachers and mentors within the philanthropic sector. The achievement also provides meaningful networking opportunities with fellow senior fundraisers and top philanthropists.

“I have a more global sense of ownership in how fundraising is done,” said Wayne Lynch, MA, ACFRE, executive consultant with Global School Consulting Group. “It has helped me be concerned about the profession as a whole.”

Completed in a series for four steps, candidates have two years to submit a portfolio of professional achievements for approval.

For more information and the full list of eligibility requirements, please visit

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