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.

“We are so fortunate to have you as a resource, and I’m really glad that you were able to be part of our project team. I really think there’s no way we’d have been as successful in completing these conversions and implementing RE NXT had it not been for you.

“Your genuine interest in wanting to understand our organization, along with your guidance, wisdom, expertise, and patience were vital to our project being a success. I most appreciate how you truly became part of our team; helping us get into all the nitty-gritty details that we needed to address in order to strategically set up and effectively utilize our new database for long-term success.

“I think it’s rare to find a consultant who really cares as much as you do about the long-term success of the organizations you are helping. I’m so confident in how our database has been configured and in our staff’s ability to effectively use it.

“I’m certain I would not have this level of confidence, especially in my own abilities as database manager, had our conversion and implementation assistance been limited solely to that of Blackbaud’s trainings and resources. I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to help us. Seriously, anyone doing a database conversion needs to have you on their team.

“There’s so much to learn in RE NXT and the numerous tips and insights you were able to give us that we didn’t get from trainings are why I know our database is set up so well. I really don’t know how we could have done it without you.”

Director of the Annual Fund & Donor Analytics
Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area

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