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2019 CFRE Refresher Course

May 30 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Have you thought about taking the CFRE? Are you ready to sit for the test? Do you want an overview of best practices in fundraising? If so, then the CFRE Refresher Course is for you.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. This intensive program focuses on the terminology, organization, and structure of a development operation.

Earn 8 CFRE points

Sponsored by:

 Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a one-day, intensive program intended to provide an overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam.

The course is not presented in a lecture format; 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 a knowledgeable fundraising practitioner using a caselet approach with components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level. Full participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course is applicable for 8 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Domains include:

  1. Current and Prospective Donor Research
  2. Securing the Gift
  3. Relationship Building
  4. Volunteer Involvement
  5. Leadership and Management
  6. Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Participants receive:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Participant manual
  • Approximately 8 hours of instruction
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the course
  • Applicable for 8 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE application
  • Head start for taking the CFRE Exam

*CFRE Refresher Course Disclaimer:

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 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 www.cfre.org/resources/handbooks. A practice exam is also available on a subscription basis for periods of either 30 or 90 days: www.cfre.org/practice-exam. 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!


Thursday, May 30, 2019

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Light continental breakfast, beverages and afternoon snack will be available.

Brighid Holman Hansen, CFRE
Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb

Brighid Holman Hansen is a senior professional development consultant with more than twenty-eight years experience in annual, capital and endowment campaigns, board training, relationship building and public relations. She has secured major annual, capital, and capital funding for:  The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The National Park Foundation, Catholic Charities, Minnesota Diversified Industries, and The Nature Conservancy. As Vice President for Development and Government Relations she headed the original $33 million capital campaign and state and federal lobbying campaigns to build the Great Lakes Aquarium. She has been a national Director of Development providing fundraising consulting services and producing events throughout the country for The National Park Foundation, an organization led by noted philanthropist David Rockefeller, Jr. During her career, she managed and staffed campaigns totaling over $150 million. She has worked in both areas of grant-making and grant seeking. She was the lead consultant in the development of the Mississippi River Fund and lead counsel for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s $17 million comprehensive campaign. She was also chosen as the Minnesota consultant to produce the First Lady media visit to the State on behalf of the National Park Foundation.

Brighid is former Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Minnesota Chapter, and has served as a member of the Board of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Wayzata Yacht Club Foundation, and the National Society of Fundraising Executives. She has been a seminar speaker on Development topics at a number of venues and an executive coach for the Management Assistance Project (MAP). She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a member of the National Council on Planned Giving and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Advance registration is required.

Registration deadline is May 23.

Call the AFP Minnesota Office with any questions at 952.444.6361.


May 30
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Categories:


AFP Minnesota


Register online:
$395 for AFP members; $495 for nonmembers
Advance Registration Closes:
4:30pm, May 23, 2019
Onsite Registration?
Additional Details:
No cancellations accepted after May 23, 2019


Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb Offices
8400 Normandale Lake Boulevard, Ste #920
Bloomington, MN 55437
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