Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification

Leadership // November 19, 2009

I am honored to have recently passed the final exam for certification with CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. It is exciting to be one of approximately only 257 other men and 499 women in the US who serve as consultants to the philanthropic community with these credentials.

Prior to being allowed to sit for the exam, one must have a minimum five years of fund raising experience and have attained a minimum point requirement in four different areas, including Education, Professional Practice, Professional Performance and Service.

As stewards of the public trust, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certifies fund raising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector.

CFRE International fulfills this mission by establishing and administering a voluntary certification process based on current and valid standards that measure competency in the practice of philanthropic fund raising.

About Rusty Lewis

As a church leader, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having the funding to do what God’s calling you to do. But when you think about trying to address that problem, you feel overwhelmed, you dread the potential pushback from your congregation, and you’re not sure where to turn for help. Over the last 18 years, I’ve helped more than 120 churches close the gap between their current financial reality and what they need to move forward in ministry.

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