Elizabeth Hefner



Liz possesses a deep and practical knowledge of how a well-run back-end operation advances a nonprofit’s success through the data-centered assessment of program effectiveness. By bringing her experience as an engineer to the nonprofit context, Liz has successfully grown fundraising programs by developing goals, tracking activity, identifying problems, and providing strategies and solutions.

In addition, Liz has raised more than $32 million in her career through individual major gifts, planned gifts, grant writing, and annual fund direct marketing while developing comprehensive, metrics-based reporting to monitor financial goals and staff performance.

Liz became a CFRE in November 2020, an accomplishment made possible by the 2019 M. Jane Williams Professional Development Award from AFP-GPC and Schultz & Williams. Currently, she serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Vice President of Education and Professional Development.


Prior Experience

Liz is a seasoned fundraising professional with more than a decade of experience at nonprofits including, The University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, The Wetlands Institute, Westfield Friends School, Kennett Area Community Service, and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

Liz’s most recent position before joining S&W was Director of Advancement at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (now Philly House), where her accomplishments included successfully launching a segmented donor program and increasing the annual fundraising goal by 200% to reach $3.5 million.


Client Experience

  • University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
  • Neumann University
  • The Wetlands Institute
  • Westfield Friends School
  • Kennett Area Community Service
  • Natural Lands


Bachelor’s Degree in Biomolecular Engineering Tulane University, New Orleans, LA