Areas of expertise
Annual Fund Strategies, CAGA Impact Storytelling for Engagement, Comprehensive Communication Strategies (Including Website & Social Media), Capital Campaigns, Planned Giving Strategies, Implementing Strategies for a Human Resource Healthy Culture
Recent Clients Served
- Zion Lutheran Church, Lexington, SC
- Virginia Synod, ELCA
- Bethel United Methodist, Spartanburg, SC
- Good Earth Village, Minnesota
- Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA
- Southeastern Synod, ELCA
- Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA
- South Carolina Synod, ELCA
- Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka, IL
- All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, VT
- Emmanual Lutheran, Naples, FL
- Augsburg Lutheran, Winston-Salem, NC
- ECCCM, Conover, NC
- The Newberry Museum, Newberry, SC
New Program: Evangelism Team Training
Are you a congregation struggling to understand the role of the Evangelism Team? Do you even have an Evangelism Team? Does the team see their role as filling seats or pews? Are you ready to change the culture of your congregation to be more truly and faithfully evangelism-focused? The Evangelism Team Training Program is designed to deepen relationships within and among the people in the community while intentionally sharing your impact stories in strategic locations that will show the world what to expect from your congregation. It is a way to say, regardless of whether or not you visit our congregation, we want you to know what we have seen and heard.
Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the ELCA, a Partner with GSB Fundraising, and holds her CFRE. She has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit executive leadership and fund-raising for non-profit organizations including Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC, the ELCA Foundation, and NovusWay.
One of her specialties is helping non-profit organizations implement systematic, best-practice approaches that shift toxic institutional cultures to healthy, thriving ministries. The focus is on relationship deposits, transparency, human resource management, communication, and accountability. She utilizes these strategies to strengthen relationships among staff, the board, and constituents.
She also specializes in growing passion, engagement, and giving to non-profits. In her first 3 years at Epworth, she implemented a system she designed and titled “Anchor Storytelling.” The annual fund grew from $1.4 million to $2.6 million. At NovusWay, using the same system, she grew giving 68% over 12 months ($1,078,000 to $1,809,000). In her last two years at the ELCA Foundation, she helped congregation members take the necessary steps to create charitable estate plans that will gift more than $24 million to churches, church-related non-profits, and other charities.
She served a term on the SC Synod Council and on the SC Bishop’s Mutual Ministry Committee for 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of the United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries Association. Mitzie is an avid quilter, writer, and artist living in Prosperity, SC with her husband, Pastor Jason, and two children, Ella and Micah.
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Contact our team to learn more about the variety of ways we can help non-profits and congregations get to the next level. With a successful track record of over 40 years of fundraising and consulting, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to help you and your organization succeed.