You might be asking yourself, where in the world has Jessica been?! Real Deal Fundraising hasn’t had anything new since early May!
Well, I’ve been doing two important things:
1. I’ve been raising a LOT of money.
Our year ended with three big fundraising events in New Orleans. Those events were breakaway successes for our organization. For the entire fiscal year, we tripled overall fundraising, bringing 301% more dollars than FY16. We’ve implemented a new fundraising model this year and I plan to share the details about it with you on this blog soon. (Here's me and my hubby at our Gala celebrating the success of this year.)
2. I’ve been recharging my own batteries.
I revamped, redecorated, and organized my office. I went to a three day yoga retreat. I spent quality time with my husband and kids. I re-dedicated myself to my health. I worked on some work planning and worked on my thesis a bit. (I’m graduating with my M.A. in English Literature in December.) But those things were NOT my focus. (Below you'll see me after completing my very first 1 hour long run and then me and my favorite girl at yoga in the park.)
And here’s the amazing thing: things have been happening and coming to me.
I got an inspired idea for our fall direct mail and email campaign. My thesis revisions went much more smoothly than I expected. And I have ton of ideas for this blog and for the community I want to build around it in the future.
To that end, I have a few announcements:
Here are some of the things that I can help you with as a consultant:
I can look at one aspect of your program (phonathon, major gifts, etc.) or at your entire shop. I could do the analysis via distance (looking at reports and interviewing your staff via phone or video chat) or I could come to you in person. I do have a full-time position though and need to schedule early and work everything together seamlessly.
I’m excited about this new opportunity to continue teaching and helping institutions reach their fundraising potential.
Contact me here and let’s chat.
Jessica Cloud, CFRE
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Jessica Cloud, CFRE
I've been called the Tasmanian Devil of fundraising and I'm here to talk shop with you.