CFRE, EFA In Fundraising Credential Deal

November 24, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

CFRE International and the European Fundraising Association (EFA) announced a partnership that will further extend fundraising best practices in Europe with collaboration of the two partners’ professional education and certification programs.

CFRE International of Alexandria, Va., offers an accredited certification and credential for fundraising professionals. EFA, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands offers a qualification framework for fundraising associations to develop professional fundraising training. EFA Certified qualifications count towards CFRE application requirements.

“Partnership between CFRE International and EFA is a natural fit,” said Eva Aldrich CFRE, president & CEO of CFRE International. “A valid, independently accredited, professional certification program and credential is one of the key hallmarks of a mature and thriving fundraising profession, protecting the public and enhancing the public trust.”

Günther Lutschinger, president of EFA, a network of 20 fundraising associations working to strengthen and develop fundraising across Europe, stated via a statement: “The Board of Directors of EFA is delighted to welcome CFRE International as an EFA Associate and looks forward to beginning a deeper cooperation between EFA and CFRE International in promoting best practices in ethical fundraising across Europe.”

The CFRE credential is the first and only globally available credential for fundraising professionals. The CFRE examination assesses mastery of the universal body of knowledge as determined by current research on best practices in ethical fundraising around the globe. In June 2013, the CFRE credential went global and is now available in computer-based testing centers in more than 80 countries.

The CFRE credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA, the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, grants accreditation to a select group of organizations that demonstrate compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

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