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Advancement & Certifications

Interested in participating as a CFRE candidate or as a mentor?


Earning Your CFRE?

Your Personal "Professional Advancement Challenge"

Did you know that over 35 members of the AFP Ottawa Chapter have their CFRE designation? You can do this too! Your AFP Ottawa Chapter is committed to professional advancement and offers resources to help you as you rise to the next level in your career.

Many of our local CFREs took part in the AFP Ottawa CFRE Study Buddies program. Through this program, aspiring CFREs come together regularly and are mentored by those who have already gone through the process. The group encourages and supports one another (and keeps each other disciplined!) to complete the detailed CFRE application form, to read books from the reading list, do practice tests, and ensure everyone is prepared for success. Participants in the study buddy program who wrote the exam were 100% successful! AFP Ottawa ‘CFRE Study Buddy Program’ typically begins in the early autumn. Please email Monique Archambault for more information.

If you prefer to work on your own, AFP International offers the CFRE Review Course online. For more information, please visit

Other helpful resources:

FORMS and INFORMATION: For all information about certification and to download application forms, please visit

RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Here are six helpful books in different areas that are all recommended reading for the exam. Most can be ordered through the AFP Bookstore or on line at It’s worth noting that, because of the increasing number of CFRE's within the AFP Ottawa Chapter, you may be able to borrow most books on the CFRE reading list through the Study Buddies program.


  • Ken Burnett, Relationship Fundraising: A Donor Based Approach to the Business of Raising Money, (Jossey-Bass)
  • Kent E. Dove, Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign, 2nd Edition (Jossey-Bass)
  • James M. Greenfield, Fund Raising: Evaluating & Managing the Fund Development Process (Wiley)
  • Henry A. Rosso, Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising, 2nd Edition (Jossey-Bass)
  • Frank Minton & Lorna Somers, Planned Giving For Canadians, 2nd Edition, (Sommersmith)
  • Philip Kotler and Alan R. Andreasen, Strategic Marketing for NonProfit Organizations, 6th 2002 (Prentice-Hall)


Note: The reading list, as published by CFRE International, may change from year to year. To ensure that the above books are still on the reading list, please refer to

Best of luck and, if we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

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