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Wendy Johns receives CFRE designation

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Wendy Johns

     HAMMOND – CFRE International has named Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wendy Johns, assistant vice president for university advancement, as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

     Johns joins more than 5,000 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, including tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive. 

     “The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” said Andrew Day, chair of CFRE International.  “Achievement of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Wendy Johns to herself and the profession as a whole.”

     Johns joined the Southeastern staff in 2002 as director of development/planned giving for the Southeastern Development Foundation. She was named assistant vice president for university advancement last year. At Southeastern she has implemented a new planned giving program and has been instrumental in helping establish many academic scholarships and endowed professorships and chairs.

     Johns earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Southeastern in 1993 and master’s degree in philanthropy from St. Mary’s University in 2005. Active in the community, she is vice president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Northshore Chapter.

     CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, individuals must continue to demonstrate on-going fundraising employment, fundraising results and continue their professional education. 

     “Employers and donors who work with Certified Fund Raising Executives know they are getting someone who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and someone who is committed to their profession,” Day said.

     Nineteen professional associations endorse and support Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the North American YMCA Development Organization, and United Way of America.

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