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Monday, April 19, 2010

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Alice Ferris Earns ACFRE

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NEWS: Alice Ferris Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFPDate: April 2010
For Release: Immediate
Contact:
Cathlene Williams, Ph.D., CAE
Association of Fundraising Professionals
703/794-2178

(Arlington, VA) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Alice L. Ferris of Flagstaff, AZ.

Available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 or more years, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement earned by only 90 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992.

The ACFRE program is the most rigorous certification process available to professional fundraisers. The process includes a comprehensive application, detailing achievements in practice, education, publishing, teaching, and service to the profession; a written examination that measures a candidate’s knowledge of fundraising as well as the philosophical, ethical, and social aspects of philanthropy; a portfolio representing the candidate’s body of professional work; and an oral peer review in which the candidate must articulate a mastery of advanced-level knowledge in fundraising management, leadership, and ethics.

The ACFRE Certification Board of AFP, chaired by Karla A. Williams, ACFRE, oversees the ACFRE candidate review process. Ms. Ferris was honored for her achievement during AFP’s 47th International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, in April 2010.

Ms. Ferris is founding partner of GoalBusters Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning, campaign leadership, special event coordination, social media marketing, fundraising training and board development. Clients include public broadcasting stations, rural healthcare clinics, educational causes, Native American organizations, rural and small development shops, and others.

Ms. Ferris serves as Vice Chair for Member and Chapter Services for the AFP International Board of Directors and also as President of the AFP Northern Arizona Chapter. Alice also serves on the boards of the Flagstaff Rotary Club and the Flagstaff Cooperative Preschool. In addition, Ms. Ferris contributes substantial volunteer time as an on-air host for Arizona PBS (Phoenix, Ariz.), Arizona Public Media (Tucson, Ariz.) and other nonprofit video production.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which represents nearly 30,000 members in 212 chapters throughout the world, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. AFP fosters the professional development of fundraising professionals and promotes ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, visit www.afpnet.org.

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