Are You Certified?
When looking at the total membership of AFP plus the number of members who have the CFRE designation, the majority of the current AFP membership does not possess the CFRE designation. All of these organizations are outstanding, and growth should be encouraged. My hope is that more professionals consider at least a CFRE designation in the future. The certification is dynamic, as you must stay active, raise funds, direct staffs, attend seminars and attend AFP/AHP-sponsored luncheons to receive continuing education credits, etc., to maintain your CFRE designation.
My current membership of 21 years expires on Dec. 30. Each renewal is for a three-year period. I welcome recertification, as I keep an active file needed for validation of my CFRE designation. I proudly display my framed CFRE certification on my office wall. I am ready for my next three-year certificate.
The Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has a large and growing number of CFREs thanks in large part to Paula Jenkins, an outstanding, longtime resource development executive at Indiana University and past AFP Indiana Fundraising Executive of the Year who has directed CFRE examination preparation classes for more than 13 years.
As you create your New Year's resolution for 2014, ask yourself if you are certified. If you are not — isn't it time to improve your career? All you need to do is go online and register at CFRE International. The initials CFRE will look sharp on your name tag!
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-224-1029.