Brent A. Hafele, M.A.

Principal / Consultant
NewDay Nonprofit Solutions

Brent is Vice President of Client Relations at Dickerson, Bakker & Associates.  He provides counsel on a variety of nonprofit leadership areas, including capital campaigns, general fundraising, strategic planning, nonprofit leadership, board/governance relations, and vibrancy planning.

He learned the ins and outs of nonprofit operations by serving as executive director at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and as development director at Hope Gospel Mission, where he successfully led a capital campaign to open a women’s shelter.  In 2008, Brent founded a successful consulting practice, NewDay Nonprofit Solutions.  As a consultant, Brent has challenged and empowered a wide range of Christian and secular agencies throughout North America.  Brent joins Dickerson, Bakker & Associates with the merger of NewDay Nonprofit Solutions into Dickerson, Bakker & Associates effective January 2016.

In addition to his consulting work, Brent is a popular speaker at national, regional, and local conferences on nonprofit leadership and fundraising.  Brent is also a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas’s Fundraising Certificate Series, where he teaches courses on capital campaigns and nonprofit marketing. He earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Brent resides in Eau Claire, WI, with his wife Jennifer, sons Evan and Micah, and daughter Rachel.

Dickerson, Bakker & Associates has been providing professional fundraising consulting services to nonprofit clients for 30 years. Founded in 1985 as Dickerson and Associates Inc., in 2012 the firm merged with Keystone Major Gift Consulting to become Dickerson, Bakker and Associates.

With our corporate office in North Carolina and full-time consultants living in almost every region of the country, Dickerson, Bakker & Associates has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across North America and beyond. Each of our team members are senior executives recognized as experts in their respective fields, typically with at least twenty years of successful experience working with organizations large and small across a broad range of types of ministries and nonprofits, from multimillion dollar international programs to small, start-up community organizations.

Services provided at Dickerson, Bakker & Associates include Major Gift Solutions, Capital Campaign Counsel, Grant Development, Executive Search Services, Strategy Consulting (planning), and Leadership Development and Training (boards & senior leadership).  To learn more about Dickerson, Bakker & Associates or sign up for the DBA blog, go to