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AFP GDC: CFRE Refresher Course (2-Day Course)

July 13 - 14, 2017

Registration deadline extended to Tuesday, June 20th.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is an intensive program intended to provide an overview, organized around the domains of the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) exam, rather than on specific fundraising strategies. This course helps participants identify gaps in their knowledge by working through abbreviated case studies referred to as “caselets.” Participation in the course may assist individuals in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the CFRE exam as detailed in the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International on its website. 

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course consists of an introductory chapter and six content chapters corresponding with the six CFRE test domains.  Each domain chapter opens with a list of the domain competencies appearing in the CFRE Test Content Outline. Key knowledge areas for each domain – also from the Test Content Outline – follow, each with space allowing the participant to reflect and make personal notes for how much s/he knows about each area and what needs further study.

After a brief review of key concepts by the facilitator, participants will discuss caselets that provide an opportunity to apply key knowledge areas to real-life situations. This “case process” is all about synthesizing and applying accumulated experience and knowledge – exactly what individuals will be asked to do on the CFRE exam.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Course
  • Chapter 2: Domain 1 - Current and Prospective Donor Research
  • Chapter 3: Domain 2 - Securing the Gift
    • Application: Domains 1 and 2
    • Small-group work on caselets outcomes
    • Full-group discussion/Q&A regarding caselet outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Domain 3 - Relationship Building
  • Chapter 5: Domain 4 - Volunteer Involvement
    • Application: Domains 3 and 4
    • Small-group work on caselets
    • Full-group discussion/Q&A regarding caselet outcomes
  • Chapter 6: Domain 5 - Leadership and Management
  • Chapter 7: Domain 6 - Ethics and Accountability
    • Application: Domains 5 and 6
    • Small-group work on caselets
    • Full-group discussion/Q&A regarding caselet outcomes
  • Reflection, Questions, and Wrap-Up

For a full course outline, including learning objectives for each chapter, click here.

Participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) examination, as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. However, the AFP CFRE Review Course is not designed specifically as a prep course for the exam. It is designed to provide a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level. 

AFP highly recommends that the refresher course be just one of the resources you use in preparing to take the CFRE exam.  Your study should be supplemented by reading books that appear on the CFRE Resource Reading List available at

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Day 1

8:00-8:45 Welcome, Introduction to Course, Plan for the Day
8:45-10:00 Review of Domains 1 & 2
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Review of Domains 1 & 2 (continued)
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Domain 1 & 2 Case Work
2:00-2:30 Domain 1 & 2 Discussion/Feedback Session
2:30-3:00 Review of Domains 3 & 4
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:00 Review of Domains 3 & 4 (continued)

Day 2

8:00-8:45 Domain 3 & 4 Case Work
8:45-9:15  Domains 3 & 4 Discussion/Feedback
9:15-10:00  Review of Domains 5 & 6 
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Review of Domains 5 & 6 (continued)
12:00-1:15  Lunch
1:15-2:00 Domains 5 & 6 Case Work
2:00-2:30 Domain 5 & 6 Discussion/Feedbacck
2:30-2:45  Break
2:45-4:00 Wrap-Up Discussion, General Questions
4:00 Adjourn

Member Price is $399 and Non-Member $499


CFRE logoApproved CFRE credit hours: 16  

Location:   American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Dr
Southfield, MI 48076


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