CFRE Refresher Course — Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 CFRE Refresher Course

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course uses case studies to provide a “refresher” of the six fundraising knowledge domains and the core principles and concepts that all experienced fundraising professionals should know.

After more than two years of work, in 2017 AFP completed revision of the AFP CFRE Review Course, now titled the AFP CFRE Refresher Course. This workshop uses “caselets”—short case studies—to review the six fundraising knowledge domains and the core principles and concepts that all experienced fundraising professionals should know.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is not designed to be a preparatory course for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Examination but instead is a review of the body of knowledge at the five-year level which many individuals use in studying for the  exam. It is most effective when taken in advance of (rather than prior to )personal or group study. There is no guarantee that any of the specific content covered in this course will appear as specific items on the CFRE examination. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs, and this course was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

AFP strongly suggests that participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course be just one element of one’s study plan to prepare for the CFRE Exam. Please visit the CFRE International website for additional study materials. A complete overview of the development function for fundraising professionals who would like to improve their development skills, learn to raise money more efficiently or build upon their current development skills.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is organized differently – by the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam (rather than the previous nine Modules). The course is not presented in a lecture format—in whole or in part; rather, it is a combination of a high level review, self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices – all of which are facilitated by an experienced, knowledgeable fundraising practitioner using a caselet approach. As a result, the agenda is different from the previous version.

Domains include:

  • Current and Prospective Donor Research
  • Securing the Gift
  • Relationship Building
  • Volunteer Involvement
  • Leadership and Management
  • Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Who Should Attend?

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is designed for fundraising professionals with 5 or more years of experience. This may include executive directors, vice presidents of development, program managers and special event coordinators for local nonprofits and foundations. Also, staff members of university development offices may be good candidates for the course. Individuals are not required to take the CFRE Certification Exam after the course; they may also benefit from the information presented. Course attendance averages between 10 and 20 participants.


Thursday, July 18, 2019
Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast:  7:30 am – 8:00 am
Course:  8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Friday, July 19, 2019
Networking & Continental Breakfast:  7:30 am – 8:00 am
Course:  8:00 am – 5:30 pm


Pines Manor | 2085 Route 27 | Edison, NJ 08817

Registration Fees

Your registration and payment must be received by July 3, 2019 to guarantee your seat. No walk-ins will be accepted for this course since materials must be ordered in advance from AFP National Headquarters. We must pay for “No Shows” so you will be charged if you cancel your reservation later than noon on July 3, 2019. Cancellations must be in writing via email

AFP Members:  $390  |  Non-members:  $490
Your fee includes Course Materials, Continental Breakfast, Breaks and Lunch Both Days

You Should Also Know

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 Refresher 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 this refresher course be just one of the resources you use in preparing to take the CFRE exam. Your study should also include reading books that appear on the CFRE Resource Reading List.

More specifically, the AFP CFRE Refresher Course focuses on both

  • refreshing the fundraising knowledge that a professional already has, and
  • identifying and helping to fill in gaps in fundraising knowledge.

So, this Course is a most important step in the process of preparing for the CFRE Exam. However – avoid relying solely on this Course and this manual during your exam preparation! Successful candidates often participate in follow up study groups and spend time on their own studying for the exam. CFRE International provides a number of excellent resources, including a  candidate handbook, the test-content outline, and a list of reading resources (also provided as handouts as a part of the Refresher Course), available at A practice exam is also available on a subscription basis for periods of either 30 or 90 days: The practice exam does not provide the answers to the exam questions one will face; rather, it primarily helps one understand how the questions are asked and the degree of difficulty involved.  We encourage participants to take advantage of these additional resources!