St. Mark Youth Enrichment’s Beth McGorry awarded Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation

McGorry One of Only a Few Dozen in the State of Iowa with Credential

St. Mark Youth Enrichment is proud to announce that CFRE International has named Beth McGorry as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Beth McGorry, Director of Donor Relations for St. Mark joins over 7,500 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation and will be one of only a few dozen fundraising professionals in the state of Iowa to hold the title.

Beth McGorry, CFRE

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include their time spent in the nonprofit fundraising field, education, and demonstrated achievements in fundraising. They also have passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

McGorry recently celebrated her 8-year anniversary at St. Mark and has been leading donor relations for the group for the last several years.

“This designation is really about being better stewards to all of the amazing friends loving the children and families of St. Mark,” said McGorry. “As an organization we talk a lot about creating environments of safety, love, and belonging for our kids. This certification demonstrates that we will treat all gifts with the same respect and care as the kids & families impacted by this work every single day.”  

According to CFRE International President and CEO Eva E. Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE 2001-2016), “The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner.” Adding, “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Beth McGorry to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.

Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s

fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.

As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the CFRE designation is endorsed and supported by the world’s leading professional and philanthropic associations, including:

·       Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

·       Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC)

·       Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

·       Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)

·       Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)

·       BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB)

·       Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

·       Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA)

·       Brazilian Fundraisers Association (ABCR)

·       China Association of Fundraising Professionals (CAFP)

·       Canadian Association of Gift Planners—Association Canadienne des Professionnels en Dons

·       Planifies (CAGP-ACPDP)

·       Educate Plus

·       European Fundraising Association (EFA)

·       Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)

·       Fundraising Institute New Zealand (FINZ)

·       The Giving Institute

·       Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)

·       Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA)

·       International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)

·       Japan Fundraising Association (JFRA)

·       Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP)

·       Korea Society of Philanthropy (KSoP)

·       National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO)

·       National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP)

·       Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development (NCPD)

·       New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP)

·       North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)

·       Shanghai Jing’an Fundraising Social Charity Innovation Development Center (FIDC)

·       Texas Association of Community College Foundations (TACCF)

·       Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA)

·       Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives (VAFRE)

CFRE International congratulates Beth McGorry for achieving the CFRE designation.

For more information on CFRE please visit or call 703.820.5555.

To learn more about St. Mark Youth Enrichment, visit or call 563.582.6211.

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St. Mark provides after-school programming in Title 1 elementary schools in the Dubuque Community School District as well as programs in Dyersville and Peosta, and summer programs in the Dubuque and Western Dubuque Area. Both school year and summer learning programs are immersed in an environment of safety, love, and belonging to elementary-aged students in Western Dubuque and Dubuque. St. Mark programs are heavily focused on social-emotional health, literacy, physical literacy, snack, and enrichment activities. St. Mark also provides school supplies to 3600+ area school-aged children in Dubuque County. To learn more, visit