Pennington Recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive

THIBODAUX – CFRE International has recertified Dr. Rebecca Pennington as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Pennington, assistant vice president for development and university relations at Nicholls State University, joins over 5,000 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have agreed to uphold accountability standards and the donor bill of rights. Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive.

“The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” Andrew Day, chair of CFRE International said. “Achievement of the CFRE credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Pennington to herself and the profession as a whole.”

CFRE International is an independent organization whose sole mission is dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropy. This single, universal, baseline organization works in cooperation with leading philanthropic associations. The organization is currently celebrating its silver anniversary – 25 years of voluntary fundraising certification and celebrating recognition of the credential in five nations around the globe. More information about CFRE can be found on its website,

CFRE International is governed by a board of directors made up of currently certified individuals from various types of fundraising settings and also includes members of the public representing the interests of donors.

Nineteen professional associations endorse and support CFRE designation. They are the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; Association of Christian Development Professionals; Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education Australasia; Association of Fundraising Consultants; Association of Fundraising Professionals; Association of Lutheran Development Executives; Association of Philanthropic Counsel; Canadian Association of Gift Planners; Association Canadienne des Professionals; Council for “Resource Development; Fundraising Institute Australia; Fundraising Institute of New Zealand; Giving Institute; Institute for Development Professionals Education; International Catholic Stewardship Council; National Catholic Development Conference; New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; North American YMCA Development Organization; Philanthropic Service for Institutions and United Way of America.

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