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CFRE - Certified Fund Raising Executive

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates an individual's mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills required of fundraising executives after five years of experience.

The CFRE Refresher Course provides an overview of the development function for fundraising professionals who would like to improve their skills, learn to raise money more efficiently or build their current development skills. It is designed for professionals at the five-year or above level of experience who may be preparing to take the CFRE Certification Exam, and is applicable to other mid-level practitioners.

AFP 2017 ONE-DAY CFRE REFRESHER COURSE - October 5, 2017 (Completed)

The course was a one-day, intensive program intended to provide an overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam.  The course is not presented in a lecture format; rather, it is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices - all of which are facilitated by a knowledgeable fundraising practitioner using a caselet approach.  The knowledge domains include:

  1. Current and Prospective Donor Research
  2. Securing the Gift
  3. Relationship Building
  4. Volunteer Involvement
  5. Leadership and Management
  6. Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism


University of New Haven 
Sawmill Building Room 104
600 Sawmill Road
West Haven, CT  06516

Course Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • $390 for AFP Members
  • $490 for Non-Members


2017 CFRE Review Course Graduates.  Training the next group of Fundraising Professionals that plan to sit the 4-hour CFRE exam at the University of New Haven. Event sponsored by the Fairfield and CT Chapter.

2017 CFRE Refresher Course Attendees


2016 CFRE Review Course Graduates at the University of New Haven after two days of comprehensive instruction on June 24, 2016. This course is a cooperative effort between the AFP Connecticut Chapter and the AFP Fairfield Chapter. Far left is Co-Coordinator Trenton Wright, CFRE, AFP CT Chapter and far right is Co-Coordinator Lisa Ferraro, CFRE, AFP Fairfield Chapter.




The CFRE Program is governed by the CFRE Professional Certification Board and is administered in cooperation with leading philanthropic associations: 

These organizations include

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

Association of Christian Development Professionals (ACDP)

Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education (ADAPE) (Australasia Inc.)

Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC) (U.K.-based)

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)

Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)

Canadian Association of Gift Planners*Association canadienne des professionnels en dons planifies (CAGP*ACPDP)

Council for Resource Development (CRD)

Fundraising Institute - Australia (FIA)

Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)

The Giving Institute

International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)

National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)

New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP)

North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)

Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI)

United Way of America

Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO)

 Visit the CFRE International Website.