Craig H. Shelley, CFRE


Chief Growth Officer

About Craig

Craig is a trusted partner and advisor to the nonprofit sector’s most ambitious leaders. He advances the missions of nonprofits by bringing a change-management and entrepreneurial approach to strategy, organizational development, fundraising, and board optimization.

In addition to his direct work with clients, as a Partner and the firm’s Chief Growth Officer, Craig helps to set the course for Orr Group’s continued success.  He leads our Impact Group, focused on identifying and meeting the needs of our nonprofit partners and projecting our best practices and viewpoints across the sector, as well as our Growth Team, which is responsible for our brand, marketing, communications, thought leadership, and business development efforts.

Craig is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and frequently speaks at conferences and publishes articles on leadership and philanthropy. Prior to joining Orr Group in 2013, Craig was National Director of Development and Corporate Alliances for the Boy Scouts of America. In this position, he was responsible for leading annual fundraising, corporate partnerships, and alumni relations for the organization. He also provided training, support, and consulting to nearly 300 local Boy Scouts affiliates, which collectively raised over $250 million annually.

Leadership Positions:
Selected Recent Partners:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Black Girls CODE
  • Center for American Progress
  • Climate-KIC
  • Co-Impact
  • Cure Alzheimer's Fund
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Grameen America
  • Mercy Corps
  • New Profit
  • Obama Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Third Way
  • Tides Foundation
  • Women's Sports Foundation
When I’m not working…

I'm trying to get my two teenagers to hang out with me, running, cycling, or walking my dog.

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Orr Group provides a platform for me to leverage my talents to make a difference. Even better, it provides an environment where I can have fun doing so and learn from teammates who make me better.”