CFRE International has named Jennifer Ward as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Ward is director of development for Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN). She joins over 5,300 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 a commitment to service to 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.

“Jenny has an incredible passion for MCN and Illinois State, and by receiving this designation shows the level of commitment she has for her profession, our students, faculty, staff and especially our donors,” said H. Catherine Miller, interim dean of MCN. “Her knowledge, skills and dedication in fundraising is a great asset, and we are so thankful for her continued support of our mission.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, recipients must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results, and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by a small professional staff, CFRE International consistently meets the highest standards for certification excellence and is itself accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies.

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