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Are you planning on taking the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Exam in 2024? If so, it’s important to assess your understanding of the 6 Knowledge Domains covered in the exam. To help you prepare, this webinar will focus on 10 great strategies that can increase your chances of earning a passing score. By following these strategies, you will gain the focus and self-confidence you need to successfully prepare for the CFRE Exam.


Jack Alotto, MA, CFRE – Consultant, Trainer, Fundraising Academy; CFRE Ambassador

Jack Alotto is a highly experienced professional in the field of fundraising. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and a bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Jack has worked in various fundraising positions throughout his career, including executive director, development director, major gift and legacy giving manager, and foundation and corporate relations manager in hospitals, social service organizations, and the arts.

As an AFP Certified Trainer, Jack has taught fundraising classes at JFK University and the Fundraising Academy at National University. He is also a California CFRE Ambassador, running CFRE Study Groups and teaching CFRE Review classes in the US and Canada. Jack has presented workshops at AFP Global conferences and has published several articles and blogs. In addition to his professional achievements, Jack is an avid hiker and traveler, and he is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the philanthropy sector.

Kim Tyle, CFRE – Chief Development Officer at Ascension Providence and Ascension Providence Rochester Foundations

Kim Tyle, CFRE, is the Chief Development Officer for Ascension Michigan’s Metro West Region’s Foundations. With a background in hospitality management, Kim transitioned to the field of philanthropy driven by her passion for serving others and making a meaningful impact. Her journey is guided by a strong desire to create positive change through philanthropic endeavors.

Strategies to Prepare for the CFRE Exam

Preparing for the CFRE Exam can be a daunting task, but with the right strategies, you can increase your chances of success. Here are 10 great strategies that will help you focus and build self-confidence as you prepare for the exam:

  1. Assess Your Understanding of the 6 Knowledge Domains: The CFRE Exam covers six knowledge domains, including Current and Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Leadership and Management, and Ethics, Accountability, and Professionalism. Take the time to evaluate your understanding of each domain and identify areas where you may need additional study.

  2. Gather Resources: To effectively prepare for the CFRE Exam, gather a variety of resources such as study guides, practice exams, textbooks, and online courses. Utilize these resources to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the exam topics.

  3. Create a Study Plan: Develop a study plan that outlines specific topics to cover and a timeline for studying. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you cover all the necessary material before the exam.

  4. Join a Study Group: Consider joining a CFRE Study Group led by a qualified instructor or facilitator. Study groups provide the opportunity to collaborate with other exam takers, share resources, discuss challenging topics, and gain valuable insights from experienced professionals.

  5. Take Practice Exams: Practice exams are an excellent way to gauge your knowledge and identify areas that require further study. Take advantage of available practice exams to familiarize yourself with the exam format and improve your test-taking skills.

  6. Attend Review Classes: If possible, attend CFRE Review classes offered by qualified instructors. These classes are specifically designed to help you review and reinforce your understanding of the exam material.

  7. Engage in Continuous Learning: Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in fundraising by participating in webinars, workshops, and conferences. Continuous learning will not only enhance your knowledge but also demonstrate your commitment to professional development.

  8. Network with Other Professionals: Connect with other fundraising professionals through networking events, conferences, and online communities. Engaging with like-minded individuals can provide valuable insights, support, and opportunities for collaboration.

  9. Seek Mentoring and Coaching: Consider finding a mentor or coach who can provide guidance and support as you prepare for the CFRE Exam. A mentor or coach can offer personalized advice, share their experiences, and help you navigate any challenges you may encounter.

  10. Stay Positive and Practice Self-Care: Maintaining a positive mindset and taking care of your well-being is essential during the exam preparation process. Practice self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, and hobbies to reduce stress and stay focused.

By implementing these strategies, you can increase your chances of earning a passing score on the CFRE Exam. Remember to stay dedicated, disciplined, and confident in your abilities. Good luck on your journey towards becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive!