"I founded EFS because of the satisfaction I receive advancing the mission and vision of nonprofit organizations. I believe that all nonprofits regardless of size or length of time in operation, can benefit from professional guidance, and I intend to make my firm accessible to all groups seeking assistance."

Edward F. Swenson III, President


EFS is led by principals Jennifer Shropshire and Edward F. Swenson III. They were joined by Associate DeDe Chirgwin Brown in 2008.

Jennifer Shropshire
brings nearly 30 years of management and fund-raising experience to her work. A puzzle-master, Jennifer is skilled at juggling and integrating data — the world of information, ideas, numbers and relationships. Analytical strengths combine with an ability to collaborate with a wide spectrum of staff and volunteers. Jennifer has consulted with more than 150 different nonprofits, intervening during periods of opportunity, crisis, transition or change. Jennifer earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania after working in development for several years at the Walnut Street Theatre. Jennifer is civically involved as a volunteer leader. She is on the board of both Presbyterian Senior Living and of Cathedral Village, an affiliate of PSL. She was a long-time board member of the SUNY Oswego alumni association and currently serves on the Oswego College Foundation board. She was a long-time board member and President of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia.
Edward F. (Ted) Swenson III has more than 30 years of combined fund-raising and planning experience in the nonprofit sector. Ted's work often involves helping people identify common ground and establish communities of purpose. A follower of the teachings of Peter Drucker and the anthropologist Joseph Campbell, Ted is skilled at nourishing situations that produce leaders and decisive moments that require action in order to maximize a nonprofit's pursuit of its mission and vision. Before founding EFS in 1989, Ted's work often focused upon strengthening partnerships between public and private organizations. His career included the following assignments: Partner in a New York fund-raising consulting firm; a founding Partner of the Philadelphia-based Conservation Company; financial consultant to the City of Philadelphia's Finance Director during the Green administration and Philadelphia City Planning Commission planner with key assignments as head of Planning for North Central Philadelphia and then as Chief of Comprehensive Planning and Capital Programming. Ted has chaired numerous nonprofit boards and fund-raising campaigns. He is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and has master's degrees from Columbia University's School of Architecture and Planning and from Yale University's School of Organization and Management.

DeDe Chirgwin Brown

With over 30 years of experience in administration on the collegiate and independent school level, DeDe has experience in team building, strategic planning, board development, communications, alumni and parent relations, and all aspects of fundraising. She has a deep understanding of how organizations work, an ability to identify the things that stand in the way of their success, and passion for the crucial role of fundraising. After 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania in administrative roles in Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Fundraising, she led The Shipley School’s External Relations Office for 23 years. She has held
Philadelphia, and both her college and independent school alma maters, most recently as a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Development Committee at the latter.  DeDe earned her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London Connecticut.