Eric Hamsho

Advancement Strategist

Meet Eric Hamsho

Eric Hamsho lives and breathes the non-profit world, as he has spent his entire career working for non-profit organizations. After 20 years in church leadership, he felt compelled to take his passion for building relationships and biblical generosity by embarking on a fundraising career in higher education. 

After two successful years as a major gifts officer at Wheaton College, he was promoted to capital campaign director and director of principal gifts. In this role, Eric was instrumental in helping Wheaton surpass their $160 million campaign goal by raising $187 million. Eric’s extensive work raising both annual and planned gifts plus his love of strategy provides a unique perspective for his non-profit clients.

As executive pastor of a multisite megachurch in the western suburbs of Chicago, Eric’s experience in organizational leadership, staff coaching, multisite strategy, and raising year-end gifts provides an added layer of expertise he looks forward to using to help churches across the US.

A graduate of Wheaton College in music and business, Eric believes his greatest fundraising success was the newly constructed conservatory of music for his alma mater. 

Eric currently resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Stacia, and their three children.


No matter the size of your God-inspired dreams, it can be daunting to think about chasing down the necessary resources. The truth is that while vision almost always exceeds current realities, the means to support your vision is within your grasp.

With Generis, you’re not alone. Our customized Campaign approach will help you assess, rethink and reframe your current reality, allowing you to reach your specific goals while also establishing a foundation for increased generosity overall.

Let’s be honest; there are times when one-on-one guidance, encouragement and accountability brings out the best in us and accelerates our ability to chase down those big, audacious dreams. The Generis Coaching experience is designed to align with your greatest needs and is delivered over a period of time that makes the most sense for you.

A highly functioning development program allocates its resources strategically to ensure that annual operational funds, capital campaigns, and planned gifts are all contributing maximum funding towards overall financial goals. We’ll dig deep into your giving data, evaluate print and online communications, explore mission/vision alignment with fundraising processes, assess the return on investment (ROI) of your events, explore staff roles, and make customized recommendations for strengthening your development program.

Good fundraisers are hard to find, and organizations often need interim assistance with their development programs during periods of staff vacancies. Our team members can fill any open role from Chief Development Officer to Major Gift Officer to Annual Fund Director. We can also help you build a position profile for your open position and assist with the interview process. Don’t lose momentum while you search for permanent staff—let us fill the gap.


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