CFRE International Certifying Fundraising Executives Setting Standards in philanthropy 4900 Seminary Road, Suite 670 Contact: Alexandria, VA 22311 USA Morgean Hirt, ACA President and CEO 703/820-5555 FAX 703/820-1107 COUNTRY CODE 1 +1 703.820.5555 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cfre.org Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program Receives Distinguished NCCA Accreditation 4 May 2009 (Alexandria, VA) -- The Certified Fund Raising Executive International Credentialing Board (CFRE International) is proud to announce the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program has been granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA, the accrediting arm of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), grants accreditation to a select group of organizations that demonstrate compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. The accreditation process includes a comprehensive and independent expert analysis of the certification program against the highest industry standards. “While CFRE International has always adhered to quality standards in certification, accreditation by NCCA serves as an indicator to the nonprofit sector, our donors, and other stakeholders that the CFRE is a psychometrically sound and legally defensible certification exam. It is a reliable tool for measuring that a fundraising professional has mastered the set of knowledge, skills and abilities to be an effective fundraiser,” said Susan Davies Goepp, CFRE, chair of CFRE International’s Board of Directors. Morgean Hirt, ACA, President and CEO added, “We are pleased with this recent decision. Hundreds of volunteers have been involved with the development of the CFRE program and continue to work tirelessly to assure the credential reflects current practice and serves as a global standard. NCCA accreditation validates all their time and effort.” THE credential for fundraising professionals In cooperation with leading philanthropic associations NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. Certification organizations that submit their programs for accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, not the content, and are therefore applicable to all professions and industries. NCCA accreditation can take more than a year to achieve. CFRE international has been granted accreditation for five years, expiring in March 2014. The purpose of NCCA accreditation is to provide the public and other stakeholders the means by which to identify certification programs that serve their competency assurance needs. NCCA Standards address the structure and governance of the certifying agency, the characteristics of the certification program, the information required to be available to applicants, certificants, and the public, and the recertification initiatives of the certifying agency. Information about CFRE International, its certification programs, and a directory of certified fundraising professionals are available at www.cfre.org The Certified Fund Raising Executive International Credentialing Board (CFRE International) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization established in 2001. The mission of CFRE International is, as stewards of the public trust, to certify fundraising 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 fundraising. In furtherance of its mission, CFRE International promotes voluntary certification, in dialogue with government and other bodies globally, as the preferred alternative to licensure and/or government regulation. Sidebar: The following are some of the Standards that the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program had to meet in order to receive this highly-regarded accreditation: • The purpose of the certification program is to conduct certification activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in a profession, occupation, role, or skill. • The certification program must be structured and governed in ways that are appropriate for the profession, occupation, role, or skill, and that ensure autonomy in decision making over essential certification activities. • The certification board or governing committee of the certification program must include individuals from the certified population, as well as voting representation from at least one consumer or public member. The certification program must do the following: • Establish, publish, apply, and periodically review key certification policies and procedures concerning existing and prospective certificants, such as those for determining eligibility criteria; applying for certification; administering assessment instruments; establishing performance domains, appeals, confidentiality, certification statistics, and discipline; and complying with applicable laws. • Award certification only after the knowledge and/or skill of individual applicants has been evaluated and determined to be acceptable. • Maintain a list of and provide verification of certified individuals. • Analyze, define, and publish performance domains and tasks related to the purpose of the credential, and the knowledge and/or skill associated with the performance domains and tasks and use them to develop specifications for the assessment instruments. • Employ assessment instruments that are derived from the job/practice analysis and that are consistent with generally accepted psychometric principles. • Set the cut score consistent with the purpose of the credential and the established standard of competence for the profession, occupation, role, or skill. • Demonstrate the psychometric procedures used to score, interpret, and report assessment results. • Ensure that reported scores are sufficiently reliable for the intended purposes of the assessment instruments. • Demonstrate that different forms of an assessment instrument assess equivalent content and that candidates are not disadvantaged for taking a form of an assessment instrument that varies in difficulty from another form. • Develop and adhere to appropriate, standardized, and secure procedures for the development and administration of the assessment instruments. The fact that such procedures are in force should be published. • Require periodic recertification and establish, publish, apply, and periodically review policies and procedures for recertification. • Demonstrate that its recertification requirements measure or enhance the continued competence of certificants. • Demonstrate continued compliance to maintain accreditation. Accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies will add to the credibility, prestige, and recognition of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, and will assist in demonstrating to stakeholders worldwide that it is an important benchmark of fundraising competency.
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