- Your Connection to Nonprofit Success

The Beacon Podcast

Relief For Nonprofits

May 28, 2020

“Everything is open to public inspection and every decision, I feel, that you make as a nonprofit organization should be assuming that the public is going to be looking at that same decision, whether they are or not.” – Jeff Fucito In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Karen Kemp speaks with Jeff Fucito, CPA […]

Does Your Organization Have An Investment Statement Policy?

May 12, 2020

“One of the biggest benefits with investment policy statements is that it removes the emotion and any personal biases on a board.” – Jeff Schultz In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff speaks about investment policy statements with Jeff Schultz, executive vice president and financial advisor for Schultz Wealth Management of Janney Montgomery Scott […]

Benefiting from Donor Advised Funds

May 12, 2020

“How do donor advised funds compare to family foundations? Very favorably, assuming you prefer fewer costs and administrative burden.” – Kevin McKane In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff speaks with Kevin McKane about the uses and benefits of donor advised funds during these challenging times. Kevin is the senior financial planner for Schultz […]

How Nonprofits Can Adapt In A Time of Crisis

May 10, 2020

“When you’re fearful, you make a plea. When you’re courageous, you make a plan.” – Chuck Bentley In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff is joined by Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, to discuss ways to lead your nonprofit through a crisis. Chuck shares examples of how his team adapted to the […]

What Should We Do Now? A Discussion for Nonprofits During a Global Pandemic, Part Two

May 5, 2020

“If your work is directly impacted by COVID-19, yes, it makes sense for you to raise money for it. But if it isn’t, don’t do it — because your donors are going to see through it.“ – Pamela Barden This is part two of Jeff and Pamela’s discussion. To listen to the fist half, click […]

Working from Home: How to Manage Teams and Succeed at Remote Work

April 28, 2020

“Just like remote work will challenge you to become a better manager, I think remote work also challenges your team members to become better contributors.” — Ben Stroup In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy hosts Ben Stroup, chief growth architect and president of Velocity Strategy Solutions. Ben describes how to lead and […]

What Should We Do Now? A Discussion for Nonprofits During a Global Pandemic, Part One

April 27, 2020

“I think this is a really good time to correct some problems that we’ve created for ourselves in the nonprofit community.” — Pamela Barden In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Pamela Barden, president of PJBarden Inc. and of counsel to Lighthouse Counsel, joins Jeff Jowdy for a discussion on what nonprofits can do to […]

Strategically Employing an Endowment During Economic Uncertainty

April 3, 2020

“The most important thing — and we stress this in all environments — is for all organizations to have some sort of an operating reserve in addition to their endowment. Maybe three months of barebones, keep-the-lights-on expenses in cash … with very little volatility for times like these that we’re in right now.” – Clare […]

Major Gifts: When to Ask Someone to Stop and Think

March 2, 2020

“Remember, there are four types of no, and only one of them is permanent. The others are not now, but maybe later; no to this amount; and no to this project.” – Bill Sturtevant Making a major gift ask is a crucial moment for any nonprofit. In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, fundraising consultant, […]

Top 40 Nonprofit Trends for 2020

March 2, 2020

“If [a nonprofit] leverages [personalized communications] well, it can elevate the number of engaged folks. And not only how well they are engaged, but also how much they contribute to your cause.” – Chris Lyons In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Chris Lyons, publisher for NonProfit Pro and group president and chief revenue officer […]

How Giving Changes The Lives Of Givers

January 7, 2020

“There’s no such thing as a successful fundraiser who is not a giver.” – Doug Lawson In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with fundraising icon Doug Lawson. Doug has nearly 50 years of nonprofit and fundraising consulting experience as the founder of Lawson Associates. He also is the best-selling author of Give […]

Fine-Tuning The Search For Higher Education Leadership

December 8, 2019

This episode of The Beacon Podcast looks at executive searches, specifically focused on the search for higher education leadership. Finding the perfect leader for your college or university is proving to be more difficult with tenures in development and advancement positions becoming increasingly shorter. The hiring of an executive search firm simplifies the process and […]

Motivating And Inspiring Your Nonprofit Board

November 24, 2019

“Nonprofit board members across the country tell me the number one reason they become disengaged is because of poor communication. And it is not communication isn’t happening, it’s the communication is not effective.” – Hardy Smith In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Hardy Smith about nonprofit boards. Hardy is a […]

Disruptive Thinking In Leadership Benefits Students

November 13, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Pat Bassett, founder and president of Heads up Educational Consulting and former president of the National Association of Independent Schools. Pat has decades of independent school experience as both a teacher and head of school and advocates for change agency leadership within education. Through […]

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project

October 21, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Ben Miller, chief analytic officer at DonorTrends and an AFP Fundraising Effectiveness Project Growth in Giving Initiative steering committee member, about the Fundraising Effectiveness project. Ben uses his mathematics background to discover trends in the nonprofit industry. In his conversation, Ben answers: What is […]

Developing A Coaching Culture Within Your Nonprofit

September 30, 2019

“Trust within an organization is foundational to how effective it is.” – BG Allen In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with BG Allen, leadership coach for Coachwell, a customized coaching program for individuals, teams and organizations. BG has extensive experience in military, business and nonprofit leadership, which has […]

Advantages Of The Association Of Fundraising Professionals

September 18, 2019

“It’s incumbent upon the development officers to really advocate for AFP and membership in AFP.” – Susan Hosbach In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with Susan Hosbach, chief development officer of the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tenn., and immediate past chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. […]

Redefining The Story: Overcoming Obstacles In Liberal Arts Institutions

September 15, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel Senior Consultant Joan Bahner speaks with Jens Frederiksen, Fisk University’s vice president for institutional advancement and strategic development.  Jens was instrumental in increasing alumni giving participation and raising a record $25 million during a critical time for the university.  During their conversation, Jens answers: What were […]

Refining Engagement Strategies

August 22, 2019

“A new donor, who has given once… they probably need to hear different things from you than someone who has given 10 years in a row like clockwork. Those are two very different donors, even if the gift amount is the same.” -Steven Shattuck In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff speaks with Steven Shattuck, […]

At The Intersection Of Capacity And Interest: Tools For Identifying Major Donors

July 30, 2019

“Find every opportunity to really listen to people, to ask them questions that nobody else has really taken the time to ask them.” – Jay Frost In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with Jay Frost, nonprofit and fundraising consultant, advisor, speaker and trainer. Jay has worked with thousands […]

The Expanding Role Of The Dean In Higher-Ed Advancement

July 14, 2019

“Just about everything a dean does is directly related to advancement. Like when we hire the best faculty, we have to turn around and say, ‘We need to advance their work with support.’” – Cully Clark In today’s podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark about advancement in institutions of higher […]

No ‘Winging It!’ The Crucial Role Of Market Research For Nonprofits

July 11, 2019

“Nowadays you get a lot of data; it’s almost like data overload. But what’s missing from [a lot of these] direct responses is the why. Understanding the why can only be achieved by market research.” – Li Li In today’s podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with Li Li, managing partner at FourSquare Research, Inc. […]

Advancement In Higher Education

July 7, 2019

“In terms of major giving, what I see trending is the concept of metrics and the necessity of us as professionals to be much more proactive in figuring out what the end game is for each individual development officer and how to appropriately measure someone’s success.” – Dr.Perry Moulds In today’s podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff […]

Big Data, Big Good

June 22, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with David Lawson, co-founder and CEO of NewSci and author of Big Good:Philanthropy in the Age of Big Data. With over 25 years as a fundraising and tech entrepreneur, David Lawson focuses on bringing actionable insight to the nonprofit arena. In his conversation with Jeff, David […]

The Importance Of Donor Education

June 21, 2019

“There’s so much more to giving, and giving well, than just trying to prey on donors’ emotional responses.” – Gray Keller In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy discusses intentional giving with writer, speaker and philanthropic leadership consultant Gray Keller. The author of Everybody Wants Your Money: Helping You Navigate Through Philanthropy, Gray […]

AFP Announces New Member Benefits For Personal And Professional Development

May 16, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Association of Fundraising Professionals President and CEO Mike Geiger about AFP and three new member benefits designed to elevate nonprofit professionals – and the sector as a whole.  For more than 50 years, AFP has offered guidance and education for fundraisers on how to […]

Align Donors And Board Members With Projects That Ignite Their Passions

January 28, 2019

“If the development staff gets to really understand the interests and the direction that a potential donor wants to go in terms of how they give their money, it just sets up a wonderful situation where the development staff then can early recognize opportunities that would really fit the bill. When someone brings you an […]

Leadership And Integrity: The Backbones Of Nonprofit Success

January 5, 2019

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Lighthouse Counsel senior consultant, David Snow. David has more than four decades of experience in leadership and development roles, and today he’s speaking with Jeff about best practices around campaigns and case statements, fundraising, and staff development. He also addresses critical issues such as […]

Data Driven Nonprofits

December 1, 2018

Steve MacLaughlin, Vice President of Data and Analytics at Blackbaud and best-selling author of Data Driven Nonprofits, speaks with Jeff Jowdy in this episode of The Beacon Podcast to discuss how nonprofits can use data to drive their fundraising efforts. Steve describes the competitive edge data driven nonprofits have among nonprofits who do not use […]

Nonprofits And Digital Content Creation

August 20, 2018

Nhu Te, editor-in-chief and content director for NonProfit Pro, rejoins The BeaconPodcast to discuss the importance of nonprofits creating their own digital content. Through her conversation with Jeff Jowdy, Nhu shares what qualifies as“good content” and gives her own insight to help you transform your nonprofit into a thought leader online. She answers questions such […]