My First Ever Blog Post!

Okay, I’m going to admit this right now.  I’m not a great writer.  I thought I was when I was in 5th grade, but I realized quickly that I’m not very good.

So, why start a blog?  Well, because I’m passionate about life, particularly major gift fundraising and philanthropy and how non-profits and donors should think about it.  In other words, I think I have something to say.

I see a lot of crap out there in the fundraising world.  And, I want to talk about it and tell you what I think.  I also see some really cool stuff and I want you to know about it too.

So, just a little about me.

I’m 46 and I’ve been in the fundraising business for 24 years.  Yep, right out of college I started getting into this crazy world.  I’ve worked as a Development Director for a couple of small non-profits for 8 years, then at a direct-response fundraising agency for 11 years and now I own my own company called Veritus Group with my business partner Richard Perry.

I absolutely love this work!  There is nothing I would rather do then to help people give away their money.  It’s a kick.  In a way, I feel like I was born to do this work.

Anyway after 24 years, I have opinions and I’m passionate about philanthropy and so I thought now was a good time to share them.  My goal is to be honest, real and give you no bullshit.

I have great friends in the industry I’ll tell you about and them and what they are doing on occasion.  I will also talk about my life and my other passions.

I have a wife, Julie who an art teacher in inner-city Camden.  I have two kids, Jake who is now a sophomore at Fordham University and a daughter Katie who is going to be a senior in high school.  I have great kids.  Annoying sometimes, but great.

So, here I go.  Welcome to my first post.  Thanks for reading!

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About Jeff Schreifels and Richard Perry

Jeff Schreifels and Richard Perry have over 55 years of experience fundraising for non-profits. Richard Perry was co-owner of Domain Group until 2005. Jeff Schreifels was a Senior Strategist for Domain Group for 12 years. They came together a few years ago to start Veritus Group, a full-service major gift fundraising agency. Veritus Group has a unique, data-driven approach unlike any agency focused on major gifts. Jeff and Richard are passionate about their work, passionate about life and hopes this blog will provide you with insights and tangible benefits for you and your work. Thank you for reading!
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One Response to My First Ever Blog Post!

  1. Andra Martinez says:

    I am also a fund raiser. I agree 100 percent with all of your points! I would also add that most MGOs don’t listen enough! People (donors) will tell you a lot if you LISTEN.

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