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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
Plan A, Plan B or No Plan?
Aug 29, 2014

Do you have a written operational plan to follow for you and your team? Having a plan helps you see...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Final Call: 2014 FundRaising Success Gold Awards Entries Due Tomorrow!
Aug 28, 2014

The final deadline for the 2014 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence is tomorrow, so overnight those entries and join in...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
When Donors Come to Visit
Aug 28, 2014

We may not have a “Welcome — come on in!” sign hanging at the door, but from time to time,...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
How to Learn From the Ice Bucket Challenge and Make Social Media Work for Your Cause
Aug 27, 2014

What made the Ice Bucket Challenge so successful? There were a few key factors of the challenge that all fell...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
You Could Win a Free Pass to IFC in the Netherlands!
Aug 22, 2014

The IFC is taking place Oct. 14-17 this year and, in an exciting turn of events, is giving nonprofit fundraisers...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I'd Like to Order Some Social Influencers
Aug 26, 2014

Oh, and can I have a side of “how to find them” and “what to do with them”?...



Connections

Richard Perry
Who Should Be on My Caseload?
Aug 25, 2014

What kinds of donors should be on your caseload? By kinds I do not mean gender, age, ethnicity, political or...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Everybody LOVES the Fundraising Pacakge. You Should Be Worried
Aug 25, 2014

If getting people to do what we went them to do was easy, there'd be no need for nonprofits....



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
The Perfect Recipe for Donor Prospect List Segmentation
Aug 11, 2014

Looking for the perfect recipe for donor prospect list segmentation? With just a few ingredients, you can tailor every donor...



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...



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 >>

3 Keys to Nonprofit Board Success

You usually get the board you deserve. Be sure that your board is invested, educated and nurtured. Make the board a priority, and it will do the same with your organization.
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Don't Be Afraid to Question — and Question Again

If things don't seem right as a staff or volunteer leader — ask. Don't be afraid to ask, and ask again and again, to challenge and to push.

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The Process of Developing Fundraising Campaign Materials

Be sure that your case statement and other fundraising campaign materials can be fine-tuned and tailored to each donor, and evolve as your campaign progresses toward its goal.  Read More >>

Don't Start a Major Fundraising Campaign Without This!

If you are looking at a major fundraising campaign, please take the proper steps to be prepared. Include a research and cultivation phase that gives you the information needed to maximize the opportunity and fulfill your potential!
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Asking Is Easy

The reality is that if we are truly donor-focused and are building deep, genuine relationships, the ask really takes care of itself. It takes care of itself in terms of some people self-identifying and in terms of some people removing themselves from the process or from a timeline you had hoped for.  Read More >>

Organizational Planning: How Far Do You Stretch?

Be sure that your organization's plans — overall through its strategic plan and with the fundraising plan as well — are grounded in valid needs.  Read More >>

Seize the Fundraising Opportunity!

Fundraising is a complicated arena because it requires multiple relationships, balancing priorities. But sometimes — like retaining donors — we miss the opportunities right at our feet.  Read More >>