The Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive Program (ACFRE)
Certification as ACFRE requires successful completion of four stages of the process, which must be completed sequentially: 1) a written application, 2) a written examination, 3) a portfolio review, and 4) an oral peer review.
What opportunities meet the ACFRE requirements?
Candidates for ACFRE Professional Certification should be aware that not all "advanced" or "senior executive" continuing education opportunities are acceptable for the ACFRE application process. To be eligible, such activities must address one or more specific topics in Advanced Organizational Management or Advanced Organizational Leadership, as described in the ACFRE Application and Guidelines.
What criteria do I need to satisfy?
Those interested in pursuing an ACFRE certification must meet the following criteria: 1) have at least 10 years of experience in professional fundraising, 2) currently have or hope to attain a leadership or managerial role in philanthropy, 3) want to expand their knowledge and understanding of fundraising history, philosophy, and theory beyond a basic level, and/or 4) have identified the ACFRE designation as a career objective.