The primary focus for this program will be on what it takes to get your CFRE designation. Paula Jenkins has been providing CFRE candidates guidance in securing their certification for more than fifteen years. Paula will discuss how to get ready for the exam and all the intricacies of applying and studying.
Paula Jenkins, CFRE, currently serves as the vice president for development, Bloomington for the Indiana University Foundation where she provides strategic, active leadership for centralized advancement services and constituency-based development programs in the individual schools and units of the Indiana University, Bloomington campus; implements proactive consulting services to constituency programs to ensure that the most strategic, effective and efficient fundraising operations and best practices are in place and aligned with the overall goals and targets of the institution such as feasibility, resourcing, organizational structure and evaluation of current programs; and works in close collaboration and partnership with the provost of the Indiana University, Bloomington campus, deans and senior development directors of unit-based development programs to increase philanthropic support for Indiana University.
She previously served as vice president of development for regional campuses at Indiana University where she distinguished herself as a superb fundraiser, strategist and leader working closely with the chancellors, senior academic leadership and advancement professionals to develop and implement a robust advancement model for regional campuses with the outcome of greater philanthropic support. She also served the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI as assistant dean for development and external relations, gaining considerable experience in all areas of development, including building comprehensive fundraising programs, corporate and foundation relations, and community/alumni relations.
Jenkins also serves the nonprofit sector as a mentor and coach to young professional fundraisers, and those pursuing the CFRE designation. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a past board member of the International Board of Directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and as the CFRE Certification Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional designation.