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Viken Mikaelian

Viken Mikaelian

CEO, Major Gifts LLC

Have you thought about becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)?

Being a successful fundraiser depends on much more than having relevant knowledge or credentials after your name. It requires personal drive and perseverance to reach the job’s objectives and a collaborative attitude toward your work, your colleagues, and the organization.  Most of those skills come from experience – from being in the trenches and honing your skills on the job.

That said, CFRE certification indicates a fundraiser’s commitment to professional growth in the field, which has significant benefits:

  • Increases credibility – CFRE certification affirms that your knowledge and experience meet international standards in philanthropy
  • Enhances professionalism – The CFRE certification program promotes and develops professionals who can stand out as role models in the fundraising field. 
  • Improves career opportunities CFRE certificants have an edge when being considered for employment or promotion.
  • Provides greater earning potential – A survey of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) showed that CFREs earn, on average, 23 percent more than their non-certified counterparts.
  • Prepares for greater responsibilities on the job – The training required to achieve and maintain CFRE certification improves skills and knowledge critical to managing the challenges of fundraising.
  • Builds self-esteem – Achieving CFRE certification brings personal satisfaction and professional confidence.

By the Numbers

Consider the recruitment opportunities for your organization that these stats indicate:

  • About 63 million Americans (25% of the adult population) volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.
  • These people spend an average of 52 hours/year volunteering.
  • 72% of volunteers are involved with only one organization, while 18.3% are involved with two.

Random interesting stats presented monthly from various sources.