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Karen Harvey, BSC Foundation Executive Director, Awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation

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    Thursday, November 03 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

harvey_karen_2Bluefield, WV – CFRE International has named Karen Harvey as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Harvey, Executive Director of the Bluefield State College Foundation and Bluefield State's Director of Institutional Advancement, joins over 5,200 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. She is the eighth fundraiser in West Virginia to be so designated.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement, and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also 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.

"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," stated Sharilyn Hale, MA, CFRE, Chair of CFRE International. "As the certification is voluntary, achievement of the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Ms. Harvey to herself and the fundraising profession as a whole."

Harvey, who has worked at Bluefield State College for almost five years, also holds a MS in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University and is certified in Nonprofit Executive Leadership by the Center on Philanthropy of Indiana University. She has raised approximately $1.5 million for the Bluefield State College Foundation in that time.

"West Virginians have generous hearts," Harvey said. "Philanthropy is a natural offshoot that we can strengthen by implementing professional standards and methods at Bluefield State and our area's nonprofits."