Jeff Schreifels

Jeff Schreifels

If you like baseball, tennis, golf, Gregorian chant, jazz, rock, good wine and deep conversation, then you’ll like to hang out with Jeff. 

If you are passionate about fundraising, Jeff will inspire you to be a true “broker of love” for your donors, helping you bring together a donor’s desire to change the world and the world’s greatest needs. Jeff believes that if nonprofits truly want to grow and obtain more net revenue for their mission, it will come through creating, building and successfully managing major-gift programs. The Connections blog will give you inspiration and practical advice to help you succeed. Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit fundraising experience and is senior partner of the Veritus Group.

Be Nonprofit Leaders Who Actually Lead—14 Ways to Show It!

Recently, I took part in a LIVE call in which is part of our nonprofit leaders and managers course for major gifts. It gave me such hope because the leaders that are taking this course are doing it because they want to learn about major gifts and, even more importantly, lead their nonprofit to be supportive of the major gift team...

Major Gift Fundraisers, Not Asking = Less Love

There is a school of thought in the circles of some major gift fundraisers that if you do a really good job of telling your donors you love them by sending them thank-you cards, updates about your programs and small gifts every once in a while, the donor will just give out of the kindness of their heart...

Being Donor-Centered: The Trouble With Some Donors

You know as an avid reader of this blog that Richard and I are always talking about being donor-centered, having a donor-centered approach for your major gift program and being donor-centered in your communications as you build a trusted relationship with your donor...

How to Transition a Mid-Level Donor to a Major Gift Officer

Our team at Veritus gets this question all the time because, not only do we help build and manage major gift programs, we also do the same with mid-level programs. Before I get into how do make this transition, let me talk about why a good mid-level donor program is so helpful to major gifts...

Practice Your Major Gift Curiosity

If you want to be a great major gift officer, you need to be curious. Curiosity will lead you and your donors on an incredible journey where you really get to be that bridge by taking the donor in one hand and in your other, taking the need your organization addresses and bringing them together. How will you practice major gift curiosity today?...

Are You a Lone Wolf?

History books and our current culture like to tell stories of success of the “self-made man.” We all grow up thinking that if we become the lone wolf and just do something on our own it is more noble than having someone help you. I think that is a pile of garbage...

A Major Gift Officer Can Care for Donors

A few years ago, I was meeting with a major gift officer I was helping to manage and work on her strategic plan for all of her donors. We started talking about touchpoints for her donors...

Ineffective Nonprofit Leadership: When Is It Time to Go?

Let's talk about ineffective nonprofit leadership, shall we? Some time ago, I passed along a VP of development job opportunity that came across my desk to a former colleague who was looking for a new position...

The Race to Nonprofit Mediocrity

Over the course of a year, I would guess that Richard and I speak with over a hundred different leaders and managers of nonprofits. Every one of them desperately wants to grow their major gift revenue, but they, in turn, race to nonprofit mediocrity...

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of a Big Nonprofit Gift

I think I’m going to lose it. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked to the leadership of three different organizations that have created a belief in their heads that “their” major donors will not give big nonprofit gifts...

Being Vulnerable Strengthens Your Nonprofit Donor Relationships

Building trust in any relationship is essential if that relationship is going to be real and authentic. And creating mutual trust in your nonprofit donor relationships is really your ultimate goal. Why? Because if you have mutual trust, then you and your donor will feel comfortable to be real with one another...

Small Nonprofits Can Have a Major Gift Program, Too!

Being a small nonprofit is never an excuse to not have a major gift program. Lately, I’ve been talking to a great number of executive directors and development directors from small nonprofits. Bottom line: Everyone is overworked and doing multiple jobs...

A Personal Touch Can Lead to Big Nonprofit Impact

In the process of creating a 12-month strategic plan, there is a lot of focus on: soliciting, preparing proposals, thanking the donor and reporting back the impact of that donor’s gift. But, what we have found can really make a difference in nonprofit impact are the small, personal touches that let the donor know you know them...

5 Tips to Maintaining an MGO’s Curiosity (and Using It With Donors)

Do you ever come home after a party and realize that no one at the party ever asked you anything about yourself? Do you find that this is a reoccurring situation? I don’t know about you, but I find that most people I come in contact with are just not very curious...