Jake Hanson Promoted to Director of Development

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce Jake Hanson has been promoted to the role of director of development. In his new role, Hanson will be responsible for advancing the organization’s mission by leading a comprehensive major gifts program, designed to grow philanthropic support in collaboration with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s employee team, donors, members, volunteers and partners. 

“We’re excited about the impact Jake will have on our conservation efforts. Jake is a consistent, top performer who is well positioned to help lead the major gifts team into the future,” said Jordan Martincich, Pheasants Forever’s vice president of development. “His experience building winning teams, and his passion for upland birds will serve him well in his new role.” 

Continuing a strong culture of philanthropy among Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever constituents is a top priority for the position, which includes but is not limited to — leadership gifts and major gifts, elite membership, charitable bequests, corporate philanthropy, gifts of real estate and grant funding. The role is tied directly to Pheasants Forever’s and Quail Forever’s vision for the future of upland habitat, made possible in part by expanded philanthropic support inspired by a robust team of fundraising professionals. 

Hanson moved to South Dakota in 2015, where he founded the South Dakota Prairie Hills Chapter of Pheasants Forever. He has served the organization as a volunteer, chapter president, regional representative and development officer. Prior to his involvement with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Hanson served in a variety of leadership and fundraising roles in the nonprofit sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Concordia College and a Master of Science in nonprofit leadership, philanthropy and resource development from the University of Denver. Hanson resides in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys spending time with his wife, upland hunting with their two GSPs, attending music festivals and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

“I’m honored to continue serving Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in this new role,” Hanson said. “Within each milestone of this organization’s history, there are two common threads — collaboration and generosity. These threads will guide us into the future as we build strong relationships, involve our supporters in new ways and work together to create more habitat.”

For more information about giving opportunities with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, contact Jake Hanson at (605) 880-1659 / JHanson@PheasantsForever.Org.

About Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 24 million acres.

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