Two UT fundraisers earn distinguished professional certification

April 22, 2015 | News, UToday, Advancement
By Meghan Cunningham

Two fundraisers for The University of Toledo Foundation have earned the highest professional certification in their field from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Brett Loney and Barbara Tartaglia-Poure display their Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive medals.

Brett Loney and Barbara Tartaglia-Poure display their Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive medals.

Barbara Tartaglia-Poure and Brett Loney recently received the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive certification, a distinguished achievement available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 years. They are among only 107 professionals in the world who have achieved this certification since the inception of the program in 1992.

“The ACFRE process is so much more than simply studying all of the experts in our profession,” Tartaglia-Poure, associate vice president of development, said. “It is a journey of self-exploration, one when successfully completed allows the seeker to find their own voice in our profession of fundraising and philanthropy. Perhaps this quote from Aristotle addresses it best: ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’”

“The ACFRE process has been about far more than simply the next step in certification,” Loney, director of corporate and foundation relations, said. “It has been a process of self-discovery and a chance to really immerse myself in the profession. I learned a lot more about some of the great authors and experts, but the process also helped crystallize my own philosophy of fundraising and my commitment to what we do every day as professionals.”

Tartaglia-Poure and Loney will be honored for their achievements during the Association of Fundraising Professionals Leadership Academy in October.

UT is the only organization in the nation with three individuals on staff with this distinguished credential. Vern Snyder, vice president for advancement, also is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive.

Of the eight individuals in Ohio who hold the ACFRE, five are members of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Benjamin J. Imdieke, who attended his first year of law school at UT, and Kenneth Frisch, senior philanthropic services officer at the Toledo Community Foundation, also have the certification.

Prior to her current position at UT, Tartaglia-Poure served as associate vice president and principal gifts officer at the University of Cincinnati Foundation, principal gifts officer for the UT College of Business and Innovation, and executive director of Mom’s House of Toledo. She has a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies from Lourdes University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from UT.

Before joining UT, Loney was vice president for advancement at St. John’s Jesuit High School, director of development for Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and director of development at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Fordham University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary.

The ACFRE program is a rigorous certification process that includes a comprehensive application detailing achievements, a written examination that measures a candidate’s knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy, a portfolio representing their body of professional work, and an oral peer review.

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