Brent Hafele, MA

Brent Hafele, MA

Senior Development Consultant

Eau Claire, WI

Brent A. Hafele, M.A. is a Senior Development Consultant at DickersonBakker.  He coaches and equips clients on nonprofit leadership, organizational strategy, and high capacity fundraising—particularly capital campaigns.  He is also a skilled, sought-after group facilitator.

Early in his career as an executive director and a development director, Brent experienced first-hand the demands of providing effective nonprofit leadership while reaching strategic and fundraising goals.  In 2008, Brent began his own consulting practice, NewDay Nonprofit Solutions, which he then sold to DickersonBakker in 2016.  At DickersonBakker, Brent served as a Senior Vice President overseeing Capital Campaigns and then Talent Development.

Brent is passionate about organizational strategy and leadership development and believes strongly in a client/consultant partnership that produces effective collaboration. He has a special ability to earn client trust quickly. Brent doesn’t believe in a one size fits all solution.  Instead, he gets in the trenches to fully understand each organization. His collaborative approach enables clients to develop the best strategies for operational growth, financial gain, and mission impact.

Brent’s work has helped a diverse number of clients meet their goals—from hospitals to city homeless missions, to international missionary organizations, to foster care agencies. He has also worked with art centers, environmental organizations, churches, and youth ministries.


In addition to his consulting work, Brent is the Executive Vice President at Lead Like Jesus, an international Christian leadership development movement. He is a popular speaker at national, regional, and local conferences on nonprofit leadership and fundraising.  He is also a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas’s Fundraising Certificate Series, where he teaches courses on donor motivation and messaging. He earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach. Brent resides in Eau Claire, WI, with his wife Jennifer, sons Evan and Micah, and daughter Rachel.

Read more about Brent in Meet Our Team Monday.

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