Bedrocks & Beacons

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 NonProfit PRO Editorial Advisory Board.

If eye contact can prompt the purchase of cereal, what can meaningful eye contact mean when someone is sharing their passion about an opportunity to transform or save lives?...

When we attend the same conferences, see the same people and hear from many of the same people, we are not growing as much as we can. One of the things I love about our consulting practice is that we work with clients of all sizes and stripes. We learn from each engagement, which we are honored to work with...

In our profession, I think this has great significance. We are trained and experienced nonprofit leaders; many of us specializing in fundraising. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S...

Ty Cobb still holds the Major League Baseball batting average record with a career average of .366. This means that one of the best in the sport had a hit only 36.6 percent of the time he was up to bat. Even though you work for an incredible organization and present worthy causes—some lifesaving and life-changing—for donors to invest in, rejection and stumbling blocks are a part of the life of a fundraising professional...

It is important to be metrics-driven in fundraising. Yes, fundraising is relationship-based, but it is vital that metrics, including the number of visits and the number of asks, be included in goals and performance reviews. This is not just for accountability—it is a very useful tool of focus for the fundraising professional...

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