Little over 4 years on from the launch of EFA Certification in October 2007, professional fundraising qualifications are now available for fundraisers in 11 European countries. 



Instituut Fondsenwerving in the Netherlands is the latest EFA member to have been awarded EFA Certification for its approved training courses.


With an EFA certified qualification, fundraisers can demonstrate that they are part of a professional industry with robust standards.


“Only by establishing robust and professional standards, can we build public trust in not-for-profit organisations and encourage philanthropy,” says Mette Holm, EFA President. “An EFA Certified qualification is a fundraising ‘passport’ that brings both recognition and mobility to work in other cultures to a shared set of principles.”


EFA Certification is a framework that enables members to develop national qualifications for fundraising based on one core syllabus and a set of fundraising competencies.


A new mentor programme is now available through EFA, linking those organisations that already have established EFA Certified qualification schemes with those that are looking to develop training at this level.

Case studies are available in the members only area of the website, setting out successful tried and tested certification structures. Organisations that are looking to develop EFA certified qualifications are encouraged to explore these case studies and select an appropriate model. 

Contact details are included for the relevant member association, alongside confirmation whether they are willing to act as a mentor to fellow EFA members.


The next deadline for submitting applications for EFA Certification is 30 June 2012.