Frequently Asked Questions about Bill

If you don’t find the answers you need below, please reach out and Bill will get back to you as soon as he can, usually within 24¬†hours.

What is the "CFRE" after your name?

CFRE is an acronym for Certified Fundraising Executive and is “the only internationally-recognised baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives” (www.cfre.org). Earning this credential required at least five years of experience as a fundraiser, completion and acceptance of an extensive application, and passing a rigorous test on fundraising practices and principles.¬† It then requires re-certification every three years.

What is the "bCRE-Pro" after your name?

bCRE is the acronym for Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud’s certification program for Raiser’s Edge. I was one of the first in the country to be certified bCRE-Professional, the highest certification level currently available.

What is your relationship to Blackbaud?

I have no “official” relationship with Blackbaud. I am an independent consultant. I resigned from Blackbaud after 7 exciting and positive years as an employee and contractor in June 2005 on the best of terms. I continue a very good relationship with Blackbaud and its employees on behalf of my clients, perhaps best evidenced by Blackbaud’s support of my book, my continued presentations at Blackbaud’s annual conferences, and the 2021 Raiser’s Edge Security webinar series on which we partnered.

“Bill has been immensely helpful for our Community College Foundation and Grants staff to effectively navigate Raiser’s Edge. The training that Bill provided on batching gifts and merging letters alone has saved us a lot of time and relieved much frustration.

“Bill is the most knowledgeable, patient and pleasant consultant we have worked with. Our monthly Zoom trainings could not be more helpful with assisting our fundraising efforts.”

Foundation Executive Director
Community College in Nevada