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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.

 

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Nonprofit Leadership: Succession Planning Is a Must
Feb 27, 2015

If you ask most senior-level nonprofit professionals they would admit succession planning doesn't exist or the plan sits and gathers...



Peeling the Onion

Katrina VanHuss
I Am a Paid Volunteer Fundraiser
Feb 27, 2015

"We pay volunteers to fundraise." Even as I write this sentence I realize that the words themselves sound ludicrous. And...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Washington Nonprofit Conference Keynote: 'Will the Mail Be There in the Future?'
Feb 26, 2015

Robert Taub, acting chairman of the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission, summed up the state of the USPS in 2015 during...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Danger: Icky Money Ahead! — When Nonprofit Leaders Won't Ask Volunteers
Feb 26, 2015

Volunteers want you to succeed. These true believers will be more than happy to provide financial resources if you ask...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
6 Habits of Fundraising Excellence
Feb 26, 2015

Knowledge matters in fundraising, but that's not all. What each of us brings to the job matters, and I am...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The Fastest Way to Turn Off Your Major Donor Prospect
Feb 25, 2015

There is one important thing you can do to ruin your chances with a major donor. It's when you are...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
A Much Better Way to Make Money Than Fundraising
Feb 24, 2015

The opinions, thoughts and feelings of our prospects, supporters and donors exist whether we seek them or not; 100 percent...



Connections

Jeff Schreifels
Major Gifts Fundraising: You Need a Friend
Feb 23, 2015

As a major gifts fundraising professional, you need people in your life to help guide you personally and professionally. I'm...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Learn This 1 Skill and Improve Your Fundraising Results
Feb 23, 2015

I'm a firm believer that empathy has the potential to solve more problems than war and peace put together. From...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Navigating Off the Napkin: 75 Nonprofit Fundraising Posts Later, Part 2
Feb 17, 2015

Two years ago I decided to launch my blog. I never promised it would be pretty, but I did promise...



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...



Get Engaged

Margaret Battistelli
What's Cooking in 2015?
Jan 7, 2015

Here's your chance to chime in and help us paint a picture of trends and best practices across all aspects...



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...



Do Your Donors Feel Appreciated and Part of a Worthwhile Group?

Be a worthy cause, and be a group that people want to be associated with — from your mission to how you fulfill it to how you fundraise. And be sure that your donors, at every level, know that they are appreciated.  
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How Do You Recognize Your Donors?

Saying thank you more than please, celebrating the joy of giving and helping donors fulfill their needs are all vital efforts and strategies. Just be sure that, at the end of the day, you are truly advancing relationships and being appropriate stewards of the culture and resources of your organization.

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When Is It Time to Ask for a Major Gift?

If your answer is no to any of the following questions, it is too soon to ask for a major gift.  Read More >>

7 Deadly Sins of Fundraising

A campaign to encourage board giving had too many foundational principles that were violated. Here are the seven deadly sins of fundraising committed, sins you can avoid by following fundraising best practices.
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Fundraising: It's Not the Pitch

Major-gifts fundraising isn't about "the pitch." It's not about a presentation. It is about having a meaningful conversation with prospective donors to see if they share your values, mission and vision — aspirations to make a difference.

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8 Great Fundraising Habits

Good habits are developed over time. By practice. By repetition. Build the strength of your fundraising program through good fundraising habits.  Read More >>

Be Sure You Have the Right Fundraising Strategy

But that's still not enough. You also have to be ready, willing and able to follow through in a timely manner.  Read More >>

Stayed Focused on Your Priorities

As you look at your fundraising program, and priorities, always keep a focus on what you can do with excellence versus what has to get done — and when. Don't be afraid to make tough calls — it may even have you thinking of new and better ways to accomplish your goals.

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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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