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Jeff Jowdy

Bedrocks & Beacons

By Jeff Jowdy

About Jeff

Looking for Jeff? You'll find him either on the lake, laughing with good friends, or helping nonprofits develop to their full potential.

Jeff believes that successful fundraising is built on a bedrock of relevant, consistent messaging; sound practices; the nurturing of relationships; and impeccable stewardship. And that organizations that adhere to those standards serve as beacons to others that aspire to them. The Bedrocks & Beacons blog will provide strategic information to help nonprofits be both.

Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a member of the FundRaising Success Editorial Advisory Board.

 

Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Engage Virtual Workshop: A Conversation With the ALS Association
Oct 31, 2014

In an exciting, two-part webinar series, FundRaising Success is hosting in partnership with Blackbaud and Charity Dynamics, the ALS Association...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Donor vs. Investor: An Important Fundraising Distinction
Oct 31, 2014

What exactly is a nonprofit investor? There are several very distinct differences between nonprofit donors and nonprofit investors and how...



Pay It Forward

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When Have You Given Back?
Oct 31, 2014

I strongly encourage every person in our profession to volunteer and give back to help to others. Giving is what...



It's Your Turn

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Running Into the New Year — How to Win With Year-End Fundraising
Oct 30, 2014

Focusing on high-cash giving not only maximizes actual year-end returns, but more importantly, builds motivation and commitment in the segment...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
3 Ideas to Improve (Almost) Any Fundraising Activity
Oct 30, 2014

Aren't your donors worth putting some extra effort into creating events and campaigns that are worth their time and, ultimately,...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
How Do We Attract, Develop and Retain Good Fundraisers?
Oct 29, 2014

There's an emerging movement to value talent, invest in the next generation, be open to change, and look for and...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
The Great Budget Excus … um … Debate
Oct 28, 2014

Budget management and budget cuts are never easy, but becoming stagnant and not trying to change is not the answer....



Connections

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Major-Gifts Officers: Do You Have a Confidant?
Oct 27, 2014

Extend your hands, bring someone in and allow yourself to share the pressure of your work with someone else, where...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Want More Loyalty? Grant These 6 Donor Wishes
Oct 27, 2014

It's not always easy to make your donors' wishes come true. But if you don't put forth the effort to...



Outrageous Hope

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Engage P2P Conference Is Next Week
Oct 15, 2014

Join FundRaising Success in Washington, D.C., next week for our inaugural peer-to-peer conference, Engage P2P: Redefining Peer to Peer.
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Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen
Is There an App for Us?
Jul 1, 2014

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an...



Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis
Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2
Dec 27, 2013

Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to...



Hump Day Hullabaloo

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Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway
May 22, 2013

This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about...



It Is a Time of Thanks and to Celebrate Giving!

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Take time today to be sure that you are maximizing this opportunity to deepen relationships with your donors and other key friends!
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Major Gifts: People Aren't Always Who or What They Seem

There are many ways to prospect for potential major donors. But to really uncover opportunity, there is no substitute for being out in the field.  Read More >>

Who Knows You?

Life is full of reciprocity. Be someone whom people know by knowing them, and for those of us in the nonprofit and fundraising arena, be sure that you are known by your board, top donors, potential major donors and colleagues!  Read More >>

Do You Invest in Capacity-Building?

It takes an investment of time and money and a commitment of focus to achieve transformational fundraising results. But isn't that  what your mission deserves?  Read More >>

Stand Firm for Principles

When we cave in and take shortcuts, we truly shortchange the project at hand, the mission of our organization, those we serve, ourselves and our noble profession!  Read More >>

A Secret to Success in Relationships and Fundraising

In the fundraising arena, the discipline of a handwritten note, each week and even better each day, goes far. Showing gratitude is a big part of what we need to do — must do — to be successful.  Read More >>

How Do You Serve Your Donors?

Do donors believe that we are there, to help them, no matter what? And are we?  Read More >>

On the Rocks, Please

Part of the power of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is that it relies on specific, one-on-one invitations to participate.  Read More >>

Take Time to Celebrate Fundraising Success With Everyone

We all love to celebrate! Find appropriate ways to constantly celebrate your fundraising success with those who make a life-changing impact on those you serve!  Read More >>

Go With Your Gut

If you are struggling with an employee or a board member and your gut says to move him or her along, then make a plan and do it!  Read More >>

The Big 3 Ingredients in a Successful Fundraising Campaign

A compelling case, inspiring leadership, the right plan, and skillfully and timely execution are essential!  Read More >>

Call It What You Will, But It Is Fundraising — Isn't It?

Labeling a campaign volunteer a "storyteller" blurs what is expected of the annual-fund volunteers — that they ask for a gift.  Read More >>

Get Away and Get Energized to Increase Your Fundraising Impact!

Allow yourself the essential luxury of thinking longer term. Not day to day — but month by month, year-end and even two to three years out for you and your organization.  Read More >>