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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.

 

Connections

Jeff Schreifels
I Never Wanted to Be a Fundraiser
Dec 22, 2014

But — wow! — it's the greatest job in the world, isn't it?...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
3 Steps to More Persuasive Writing
Dec 22, 2014

If you're a fundraising copywriter, you already have most of the tools you need to go from good to great....



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Companies That Walk the Philanthropic Walk
Dec 19, 2014

In this season of giving, we are blessed to have such corporate friends. Never take for granted any amount of...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
4 Online Giving Best Practices From a Giving Tuesday Campaign
Dec 19, 2014

The University of Cincinnati Foundation nearly doubled the number of gifts it received this Giving Tuesday. Here are the four...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Keystone Cops to the Rescue
Dec 18, 2014

If you're in an organization that is overly dependent upon single-source funding, especially the structured variety of public and institutional...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Make 2015 a Year of Resurrection: The Importance of Thanking and Retaining Donors
Dec 18, 2014

How can you retain more donors in 2015? Start by resurrecting the lost art of saying "thank you." Be sincere....



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Podcast: Advice on Maximizing Your Return on Big Data for Nonprofit Fundraising
Dec 17, 2014

At a recent Wake Up Your Fundraising Breakfast Panel presented by FundRaising Success and sponsors Blackbaud and Listen Up Espanol,...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
Show Your Donors Some Love in the Holiday Season
Dec 17, 2014

Make your holiday greeting relevant. Make it work for you and your cause. And make it warm, fuzzy and touching...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Is 1 Child Actually More Motivating Than 1 Million?
Dec 16, 2014

It's not the actual number that matters — it's the ability for a donor to feel like he or she...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Our Virtual Show Is Today!
Nov 18, 2014

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it takes place today! It's not too late to register...



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...



Be Accessible to Your Donors at Year End!

Enjoy the holidays! But be sure that someone is either in your office or easily accessible to donors as they include your worthy cause in their year-end giving!
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Lead for Success

As a nonprofit leader, volunteers and especially board members need to be looking to you as the expert, as the leader. If you need additional expertise for various reasons, bring in consultants, advisors, board members and staff. For nonprofit success  — and fundraising success specifically  — be strategic and lead!  Read More >>

Focus for Fundraising Success

What is it each day, each week and each month that you absolutely must focus on for the best possible fundraising results?  Read More >>

Gratitude in 3 Steps

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share," said W. Clement Stone.  Read More >>

That Fancy Brochure Isn't Going to Raise a Dime

Don't let the journey for "impressive" materials take the focus away from the right strategy and making inspiring visits with prospective donors.
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Donors Want to Make a Difference — Help Them by Sharing Your Stories

Nonprofits are in the business of changing lives; learn and share your stories with donors, and make hearts soar.  Read More >>

Do Board Members Really Need to Fundraise?

In a word … yes.  Read More >>

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 >>