August 12, 2009
Hospital foundation leader achieves certification
Glendale Heights – GlenOaks Hospital Foundation Executive Director Michelle Kallevik-Whetstone has been designated as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International, a professional organization that certifies fundraising executives and sets standards in philanthropy.
Whetstone, an Aurora resident, joins more than 5,400 professionals around the world who hold this prestigious designation.
“On behalf of our executive team, I offer congratulations to Michelle on her achievement,” said Brinsley Lewis, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “It’s a long road of preparation to sit for this exam, and we commend her for her focus and dedication to this project.”
GlenOaks Hospital Foundation supports the mission of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital through philanthropy.
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 also agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive.
“The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” said Susan Davies Goepp, CFRE and chairwoman of CFRE International. “Achievement of the CFRE credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Michelle Whetstone to herself and the profession as a whole.”
CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, Whetstone must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment, fundraising results and continue with her professional education.
In return, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is assured of having a fundraising leader who is committed not only to her profession, but to the best outcomes for the foundation and the hospital.
“This certification is one of the highest recognitions that a nonprofit fundraiser can obtain,” Whetstone said. “It demonstrates my overall competency as a fundraising professional.”
Whetstone is the former senior foundation business and grants administrator for Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. She has also served as director of development at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital and as development officer at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, as well as the American Cancer Society.
She has also previously served as director on a number of nonprofit boards and is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
For more information, visit www.cfre.org.