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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.

 

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Who's Up Next?
Surround Sound Fundraising
Oct 24, 2014

While the old techniques — direct mail and telemarketing — still work and generate responses, they alone are no longer...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Getting It Right the First Time
Oct 23, 2014

When making an organizational shift, we almost always want to start with a process, a thing that is easy to...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Fundraisers, Don't Ignore the Competition
Oct 23, 2014

There is too much competition for your donors' attention and dollars to make fundraising a narcissistic exercise....



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The Fastest Way to Ruin Your Appeal Letter
Oct 22, 2014

Be explicit, don't beat around the bush, get to the point and be clear in your fundraising appeal letter. You'll...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Giving Tuesday: I’ve Changed My Mind
Oct 21, 2014

Is Giving Tuesday about raising awareness or raising money — or both?...



Connections

Richard Perry
What Should Your Total Caseload Value Be?
Oct 20, 2014

It is very important to have a clear handle on what your caseload value currently is and if that number...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Best Birthday Gift of All
Oct 17, 2014

Think about ways your organization can partner with others to help those in need. It may stir your passion toward...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Engage P2P Spotlight: 5 Steps for Effective Donor Cultivation
Oct 16, 2014

Dan Germain, vice president of business development at Small World Labs, tackled cultivation best practices, which certainly should be...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
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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Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
More Usage Mistakes Writers Make
Oct 13, 2014

Part 2 of my alphabetical list of writing mistakes that are easy to make but important to avoid.
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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

Jo Sullivan
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...



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 >>

What Is Your Strategy to Make and Keep Connections?

Relationships can be magical when nurtured. Be sure that you are focused on the right professional relationships to ensure success for you and the worthy cause you represent!   Read More >>