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.

5 Ways You Can Become a Better Frontline Fundraiser

If you’re a good frontline fundraiser, you’re always seeking to learn how to do your craft better. Every excellent fundraiser I’ve known is constantly learning, always curious and eager to improve their skills.

How to Deal With Territorial Attitudes in Your Organization

Your work as a fundraiser is to help donors experience the most possible joy through giving by enabling them to give to projects and programs that light them up and will help change the world. And it follows that it should be your goal to create an environment that makes this process easy and delightful for your donor.

When Nonprofits Put Policy Over People

Your people are your most important resource. Since they are doing such amazing work, don’t allow policies that punish them, but look to reward, encourage, and celebrate them instead.

Why Accountability Is Key in Fundraising

For years, I really didn’t like it when someone would follow up and ask me, “Hey, did you do that thing you said you were gonna do?” But, while I didn’t like it, I began to appreciate it because having people in my life to hold me accountable has made me successful at my work.

Do You Need Goals for Mid-Level Donors?

While more and more organizations are realizing the value of a mid-level program, the concept of having mid-level donors, and creating specific strategies and a program for them is still in its infancy.

Do You Know Your Donor’s ‘Why’?

Why does your donor love your organization so much? Have you sat down with your donor and really listened to the answer? If they say, “Well, I just think you do a great job,” do you dig deeper to find out their "Why?" — the story behind their motivation to give?

Why Frontline Fundraisers Are Leaving Your Organization

If you’re a frontline fundraiser who wants to resign or has already quit, your nonprofit organization does not care about you. If it did, you either wouldn’t be thinking of leaving right now, or it would have retained you instead of losing you to greener pastures. Unfortunately, those greener pastures are an illusion. Because, on average, you are leaving for another position every 15 to 18 months in search of an even greener, more lush pasture.

Get a Big Fundraising Vision

Don’t get me started on what we’re seeing in donor and donor value attrition. Terrible. Big donors are disappearing faster than you can blink. Why? No fundraising vision.

Never Visit, Call, Write or Email a Major Donor

How does your donor like to be communicated with? It’s not about how do you or your organization like to communicate — but how does your donor want to be communicated with, that best suits them? Knowing how your donor wants to engage will unlock a new level of relationship with them.

How a Planned Giving Program Can Increase Fundraising Now

Most nonprofit leaders are reluctant to start a planned giving program because they don’t see the immediate value. The thinking is, “Why should I create a program that won’t benefit the organization for another 10 to 15 years?” But, hold on. That actually isn’t true.