Member Benefits

 CRD offers a compelling array of exclusive membership benefits and savings to its members.

Member Benefits for the Following Categories
Premium Institutional | Professional Individual | Associate

Professional Resources & Tools

CRD Connect

CRD Connect is the online community for CRD members. Share resources, collaborate with other members, and search the directory - all online at

Members Only Resource Pages

Find sample bylaws, policies, campaigns, job descriptions, foundation board development resources, grant development resources, alumni development resources and more.

A National Network | Online Searchable Member Directory

This service helps you stay in touch with colleagues across the country. It includes names, titles, colleges, addresses, emails and phone numbers of our 1500+ members nationwide.

Social Networking 

CRD offers a variety of social media tools including a Facebook page with discussion area for online discussions, a Twitter feed and LinkedIn, all designed to help you connect instantly with other members online.

Publicize Work

Submit articles for the Dispatch, publish a Resource Paper, post job openings to the Job Board, and receive instant national exposure.

Premier Publications


This web-based magazine is published three times a year for community college resource development professionals and reports trends, issues, activities, advice, and practices in seeking grants and fundraising to enable CRD members to better serve their colleges.

Resource Papers

A collection of current research and resource papers directly related to community college fundraising, is available to you, with new works published periodically for the membership.

Federal Funding to Two Year Colleges Report

CRD annually publishes a report that summarizes federal categorical aid program awards to two-year colleges. Reports are available thru the FFTF Wiki, a member-only benefit. If you want a copy of the report, there is a cost for a digitized pdf.


Information on pending legislation that may impact community colleges and alerts regarding new or unusual funding sources are disseminated regularly. CRD emails a weekly NewsScan full of the information most important to you; no web-browsing or paper-skimming necessary.

Professional Growth 

Generous Discounts on Conferences & Events 

National Conferences

Every autumn, CRD sponsors a national conference with keynote speakers, sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions. It kicks off with the Federal Funding Task Force followed by the Executive Institute for Fundraising Leadership, CFRE Content Review course and intensive Pre-Conference sessions. National conferences provide an excellent opportunity to connect with others who share your interests and professional concerns.

Special Topic Conferences

CRD hosts conferences throughout the year at various locations around the country focusing on current topics and issues.


CRD webinars bring cost-effective, convenient learning opportunities right to your office. They are offered numerous times throughout the year.

Professional Development Scholarships

Various scholarships are available to help offset the cost of attending CRD educational programs.

Service and Leadership | Share Your Expertise 

Volunteer for CRD

CRD's strength lies in the roots of our organization: our members develop, implement, and deliver the training and programming for each other, thereby ensuring the relevancy and immediacy of content. We encourage you to share your knowledge and skills with your peers, to participate in the organization and governance of CRD and to take leadership roles.

Speaking Opportunities

CRD offers a multitude of speaking opportunities from presenting a session at the national conference to presenting a webinar.

Professional Recognition

CRD Lifetime Service Award

The CRD Lifetime Service Award recognizes persons who have made extraordinary contributions to CRD through service at the national, regional and state levels. This award carries with it lifetime membership in the Council.

CRD Campus Impact Awards

The CRD Campus Impact Awards recognize the efforts of individuals or teams that have made a significant positive impact on a community college and/or the students it serves. There are no restrictions on the types of activities that qualify for consideration (e.g., successful advocacy, writing grants, donor solicitation, developing business partnerships. There are four categories for consideration: Grants Professional, Private Fundraising Individual, Non-Development Professional, and Volunteer.

CFRE Benefits
The Council for Resource Development is proud to be a Participating Organization (PO) of CFRE International. As a PO, CRD endorses the CFRE credential, and CRD members may enjoy the following benefits:

  • 20% discount when certifying or recertifying as a CFRE
  • Access to the results of the CFRE International Job Analysis -  more information is COMING SOON!

Membership Benefits for Partner Members
Partner Membership includes ALL the benefits listed above, plus

Connect With Our Members

One free use of CRD's current member mailing list or email blast to CRD membership, PLUS a second use at a discount rate of $300 (regularly $500).


CRD will include your logo and one sentence description of your products and services in our most popular e-publication, the weekly NewsScan, up to 4 times annually. Additionally, your company will be included in the CRD Business Directory currently under construction. Your logo, company descriptor and contact information will be included so members can find you.