Jeff Hensley


North Carolina Masonic Foundation
Masonic Home for Children

Email: Jeff Hensley


Jeff Hensley

Jeff joined the North Carolina Masonic Foundation in August 2017 as its Chief Development Officer. He leads the fundraising efforts of the Foundation as it seeks support for its two principal charities—the Masonic Home for Children and WhiteStone. He brings over 15 years of experience building the fiscal capacity of nonprofits and educational institutions. Most recently, he 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. He also has worked as a fundraising consultant for higher education, K12, healthcare, and nonprofit clients. As a consultant, he specialized in helping organizations develop fundraising initiatives and conduct capital campaigns. He completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (IL), his divinity training at Yale Divinity School, and doctoral work in religious studies also 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. Jeff is a native of Asheville and has been married to Danielle for 23 years. They have two teenage children, Noah and Claire, and currently live in Cary.

Jeff's avaliable programs include:

1) What is the NC Masonic Foundation? Founded in 1929 to support the charitable work of Masons in NC, the NC Masonic Foundation has recently renewed and expanded its mission to raise awareness of and funds for masonic charities. What is the Foundation? What does it do? Who oversees it? Why do we or should we give to it? How can we support the Foundation and how can the Foundation support us?

2) Fundraising 101: Our lodge does an annual fundraiser, but we have been raising the same amount of money each year. How can we do better without exhausting our volunteer leadership? How do we best fundraise as a lodge? What are some ideas for new fundraisers—raffles vs. golf tournaments vs. barbeques vs. motorcycle rides? How can we pull off these events with a volunteer staff? How do we get more men in the lodge involved in fundraising?

3) Masonic Charities in NC:NC is one of only 4 states nationally that still have two masonic charities. The Masonic Home for Children in Oxford is the oldest home for children in NC, and WhiteStone, the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro, is the oldest retirement community in NC. Masons should thus be rightfully proud of the great work that is being done at both organizations, but for that good work to continue, NC Masons must be vigilant in raising funds to support them both. What is the mission of MHCO and WhiteStone? What impact are these charities having in NC? What new initiatives are both charities doing to meet the ever-growing needs in our communities? And why should we support them with our time, talents, and treasure?

Jeff is willing to travel statewide with reasonable notice.

Please note that your lodge will have to dispense with labor if you invite Jeff to speak to your lodge. He is not yet a Mason.

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