Jeff Jowdy

Jeff Jowdy

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.

Recruiting and Engaging High-Quality Board Members

An effective board embodies credibility and confidence in its institution. It’s one to which leaders aspire to serve; one that knows its strategic role, its fiduciary role and where members leverage their influence to help secure support and engagement.

A Nonprofit Board Chair Crisis?

We have been doing a lot of listening. Listening about what I feel is the most important role for a nonprofit: the board chair. 

Success With Grants: Relationships, Research and Communication Are Key

The granting processes can seem daunting. It can be a wasted effort or a program that yields great results. Like with other fundraising, be sure to do your research, have the right approach, establish relationships, follow guidelines, communicate clearly and follow up as appropriate.