EFA’s certification committee has been strengthened with the appointment of internationally renowned philanthropy academic, lecturer and author, Dr Beth Breeze.
The committee has responsibility for assessing applications for accredited national fundraising qualifications and developing the certification syllabus and core competency framework.
Formerly a fundraiser and charity manager, Breeze co-founded the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching philanthropy and fundraising courses, including the first MA Philanthropic Studies outside of North America. She is also an award-winning author. Her latest book ‘The New Fundraiser: why who asks is more important than who gives co-authored with Professor Valerio Melandri, has been published today.
“Having worked as a fundraiser before moving into academia, and continuing to be involved in large and small fundraising efforts for a range of organisations, I am completely committed to improving the knowledge base of individual fundraisers and the professionalism of the wider sector.
“Joining the EFA certification committee is a great opportunity for me to share the learning from my practice, research and teaching and I know that I will learn a lot from equally committed colleagues across the continent.”
Led by Charlotte Rydh of the Swedish Fundraising Council, the committee is currently reviewing the certification framework to ensure that it reflects the developments and competencies required of fundraisers, reflecting the increased importance of digital channels and other innovations in the field.