Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an independent 501(c)6 whose sole mission is dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process.
Between 1981 and 1996, two leading professional associations had their own separate certification programs, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy offered the CAHP and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, formerly NSFRE, offered the CFRE.
In 1997 for the betterment of the entire profession, those two organisations merged their programs to form the independent CFRE Professional Certification Board, now CFRE International. Following the creation of CFRE International, other leading philanthropic associations joined in support of the program.
In 2009 the CFRE program was granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. NCCA, the accrediting arm of the National Organization for Competency Assurance 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.