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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.

 

Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Engage P2P Spotlight: St. Baldrick's Foundation's Peer-to-Peer Head-Shaving
Sep 18, 2014

By now, anyone in the fundraising sector knows about the St. Baldrick's Foundation and its head-shaving events to raise money...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
3 Steps to Year-End Fundraising Success
Sep 18, 2014

When fundraising works, it's often because someone took the time to do the "usual" just a little bit better....



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
10 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings
Sep 17, 2014

Lively meetings engage your board members and propel them into action. Deadly meetings can sap all the energy out of...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I Just Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity
Sep 16, 2014

Am I too old or just not opening my eyes to see the fundraising opportunity of Bitcoin?...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
I Wrote This Just for You
Sep 15, 2014

There's a danger in being a smart, experienced, seen-it-all fundraiser. It's too easy to project your own sophistication onto your...



Connections

Jeff Schreifels
The Monopoly Mentality — Why It Will Kill Major Gifts
Sep 15, 2014

Remember, everyone wants the donors on your caseload. What are you going to do to stand out?...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
So You Want a Successful Nonprofit Fundraising Job Interview?
Sep 12, 2014

The interview process in the nonprofit fundraising sector is what you make of it, but having a proper interview process...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Engage P2P: Keeping it Lively Right Up to the End
Sep 9, 2014

If your organization does P2P fundraising — or if you wish it would — I hope you'll join us in...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Gamification: Incentivize Your Constituents to Act
Sep 2, 2014

"Gamification" is one of those buzzwords that makes its way around the nonprofit and marketing worlds every so often. Maybe...



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...



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 >>

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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