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.

Pamela Barden is an independent fundraising consultant focused on direct response. You can read more of her fundraising columns here.

Much of what we knew about fundraising before COVID-19 seems to have gone out the window, and “nimble” has been the new No. 1 skill.

Despite a troubling economic climate, our nation is still blessed with incredible wealth, and many donors are still positioned and willing to make incredible gifts. Here are 10 ways to navigate rough waters. 1. Maintain positive, mission-focused leadership. Donors will continue to respond to bold visions with shared values that transform lives and communities. Stay positive, and don’t focus on the current economic fluctuations. 2. Share life-changing opportunities. People want to be a part of something larger than themselves, leave a legacy and make a difference. If we are timid in inviting donors to invest, they’ll follow our lead. Keep sharing your

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