Mark Scherer Hired as Development Officer for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Midwestern States

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are excited to introduce a new development officer who will represent several states in the greater Midwest region. Mark Scherer will be responsible for collaborating with donors, members, volunteers and partners to expand private, corporate and public funding relationships benefiting upland habitat conservation.  

“Mark is a proven and experienced fundraiser with a seasoned resume of fundraising achievements in higher education and collegiate athletics,” said Jake Hanson, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s director of development. “Mark’s strong passion for upland hunting and conservation, along with his leadership skills, will make a swift impact in advancing relationships and inspiring generosity within The Habitat Organization.”

Building a strong culture of philanthropy among Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever constituents is a top priority, which includes but is not limited to – leadership gifts and major gifts, charitable bequests, corporate philanthropy, gifts of real estate and conservation easements, endowments and grant funding. Scherer will take on responsibilities 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.

Scherer gained fundraising and project management experience through his most recent position as a director of development for Illinois State University. He has also worked as an assistant athletic director of development through Western Illinois University (WIU), and he spent many years as a collegiate basketball coach. Scherer has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Eureka College and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois State University, as well as a master’s degree in Sport Management from WIU.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to join the team at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” said Scherer. “It is exciting to work for an organization that is committed to supporting populations of pheasants and quail through great habitat, increased access, education and conservation – all of these are practices my family has utilized on our farm in Illinois. Working together, I believe we can make a difference, and secure a future that includes wild pheasants and quail across America.”

For more information about giving opportunities with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, contact Mark Scherer at

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 420,000 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 580,000 habitat projects benefiting 26.5 million acres.

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