Jeffrey Hensley, CFRE
Senior Generosity Strategist
Jeff Hensley has over 15 years of experience building the fiscal capacity of nonprofits and educational institutions. His fundraising expertise encompasses nearly all development activities including annual and planned giving, major gifts solicitation, donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, international fundraising, crowdfunding initiatives and social media fundraising, proposal writing, and capital campaign planning and implementation.
Most recently, Hensley served as the development director of the Internet Society, an international nonprofit of 100 employees with a $40 million annual budget. Over a five-year period, he grew annual fundraising from $300,000 to over $10 million and helped conceive, implement, and manage the Internet Society's first-ever $50 million capital campaign.
Prior to working for the Internet Society, Hensley ran a development consultancy where he managed 13 consultants and worked with 64 higher education, K12, healthcare, and nonprofit clients. As a consultant, he specializes in development assessments, staff and leadership coaching, strategic planning, and capital campaign management, including conducting feasibility studies. He has served as fundraising counsel for a variety of campaigns from $1 million to $300 million.
Hensley completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (IL) and his graduate studies at Yale. Prior to becoming a development professional, Hensley taught theology/religious studies for nearly a decade at both the university (Baylor) and seminary (Virginia Theological Seminary) levels. He served as a fellow at that Erasmus Institute at the University of Notre Dame and has held fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trust, the Lilly Endowment, and the Wabash Center for Religion and Theology. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and currently serves on two nonprofit boards.
Moreover, Hensley is uniquely qualified to consult with Christian K12 schools since he is the product of Christian primary and secondary education. He attended Asheville Christian Academy (NC) from K through ninth grade and the Ben Lippen School (SC), a Christian day and boarding school, from tenth through twelfth grade.