The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, deployed gift officer/alumni relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, is among the recent class of Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs). She is one of 180 graduates who join more than 6,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
“I’m delighted that Jennifer has pursued and earned the CFRE credential—it reflects her strong commitment to best practices and ethics in fundraising,” said Clyde Andrew Walter, interim vice president for advancement at LSTC.
Thomas, an LSTC graduate, said she decided to pursue her credentials after being in the fundraising field for three years. The process ensures individuals are acquainted with all aspects of fundraising, administration, donor and volunteer engagements, major gifts. She utilized webinars, read books and took practice tests to prepare for the exam, and she looks forward to it adding to her continued work at LSTC.
“Our strengths on the team complement one another and enable us to achieve the mission and fundraising goals we have,” she said. “It’s great to be part of a team, and I’ve appreciated the congratulations and recognition I’ve received for this credential that’s recognized across the industry.”
As the CFRE news release explains, those who have achieved the distinction “have met a series of standards… which include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.”
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