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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
Being Authentic: The Only Way You Can Be as a Major-Gifts Officer
Jan 26, 2015

One of the greatest struggles as a major-gifts officer, and for colleagues who work with major donors, is to be...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Story Styles That Open Readers' Wallets, Part 1
Jan 26, 2015

It takes a little extra effort, and often some extra homework, to make case studies compelling enough to persuade a...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
2012 FS Lifetime Achievement Honoree Geoff Peters Named 2015 Max Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award Winner
Jan 23, 2015

The DMA Nonprofit Federation is honoring Geoff Peters, CEO of Moore Direct Marketing Group, for his dedicated service with the...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Fundraiser's Daily Grind
Jan 23, 2015

To give it your best you must be on top of your game and give 100 percent. Our jobs are...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Fundraisers: Let's Get Hungry Again
Jan 22, 2015

Often, the hungrier a fundraiser is, in terms of needing to acquire and retain donors, the more he or she...



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...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Looking for Donors? It's Inside Out
Jan 22, 2015

Nonprofit boards should conduct peer solicitations of themselves annually. Doing so both raises the commitment levels of individual board members...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Year-End Email Under a Microscope
Jan 20, 2015

Steve MacLaughlin, director of analytics at Blackbaud, goes to great lengths to provide insight to us all, and he has...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Why Nonprofits Should Run Like Businesses
Jan 13, 2015

Throughout my career, as a "reformed" lawyer, I have learned that in order to succeed in raising funds as a...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
Mega Donors Making Mega Gifts
Jan 7, 2015

The top 10 biggest charitable gifts in 2014 came to a combined total of an amazing $3.3 billion. Imagine that...



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...



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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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 >>