Joan Cabell, the CGSC Foundation’s Director of Development since March 2015, earned the prestigious “Certified Fund Raising Executive” certification Jan. 15, after months of preparation.
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. This practice-based designation requires demonstration of having met these standards through both an application and a written examination.
“I’m thrilled to have passed my CFRE test,” said Cabell. “Even though I’ve been in fundraising for 20 years, I have learned so much in the past three years attending AFP [Association of Fundraising Professionals] programs and being part of the AFP family. I now feel more confident in my abilities as a fundraiser and as a leader in the fundraising world.”
Cabell said even though she was more than qualified in terms of the number of years experience required, she still devoted about six months to prepare. When she finally took the 200-question test, she said it took her three of the authorized four hours to complete.
“There are 6,033 people with CFRE’s worldwide,” said Cabell, “and I’m number 54 in Kansas. Only about 20 percent of fundraisers are CFRE qualified, and I’m proud to be one of them…especially after all the effort it has required!”
The CFRE test covers six knowledge areas: donor research, securing the gift, relationship building, volunteer involvement, leadership and management, and ethics and accountability. Those that pass the test and earn their CFRE are required to recertify every three years.
“We’re extremely proud of Joan,” said CGSC Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox. “Professional certifications like this provide others with a recognizable demonstration of personal and professional achievement and commitment. She’s put in the work in her profession for a long time, and it’s impressive that she is committed to life-long learning like our military officer students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.”