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Jeff Bagel
Jeff Bagel

Jeff Bagel, CFRE is a principal with eAdvancement Consulting, where he provides high quality counsel that helps not-for- profit organizations exceed their expectations through improved philanthropy. He is the author of "Annual Fundraising Plans Made Simple: A Roadmap for Community Colleges and Small Development Shops” and a sought after speaker for conferences, webinars and symposiums due to his informative and engaging sessions. Get Jeff on your team today!

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Exceeding Client Expectations:

“Once we met Jeff, we knew he was the person we wanted to work with. Our plans to meet face-to-face were quickly changed once the pandemic hit. Jeff spent hours and hours meeting with our team on ZOOM to create an alumni engagement plan. He kept us on track and encouraged us to keep moving forward. Jeff quickly became part of our team, and empowered us to complete the plan and celebrate the little successes along the way. The alumni engagement plan is being implemented now and we are on track to meet all our goals by June 2021. We all miss our regular meetings with Jeff. Along with being well-versed in philanthropy at the community college and in higher education in general, he has a great personality that put us all at ease. Jeff kept us motivated and gave us great advice all throughout the process. Chemistry plays an important role in any consultant/client relationship. Jeff’s humanistic, positive and engaging approach to projects made it a pleasure to work with him. I know that we will keep in touch with Jeff and hope to bring him back for more projects in the future.”

Judy Burke
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement
Middlesex Community College

Jeff's book

Annual Fundraising Plans Made Simple

If you are one of the many talented, dedicated people who tend to rush from one urgent deadline to the next, then Jeff Bagel, CFRE has thrown you a lifeline. Jeff makes a compelling case for developing a realistic annual fundraising plan and provides specific practical guidance and templates adaptable to institutions of any size and facing any set of circumstances. Jeff shows how proper planning can optimize your performance and that of your fundraising operation, as well as improve relationships with your supervisor, board members and colleagues. His book, now in its second printing, has become a solid resource for fundraising professionals across the globe.

Best Seller, worldwide, Case publishing.

The latest from Jeff's blog

  • If Not Now….When?

    If Not Now….When?

    In every crisis, there are opportunities for improvement and joy in both your personal and professional life. For me professionally, it has me returning to my roots as a writer, as I am …Read More »
  • Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Work Smarter, Not Harder I think we can all agree that we work hard. But do we always work smart? An annual fundraising plan (AFP) can help fundraisers do just that: Work smarter. …Read More »
  • What does the term “mission fundraising” mean to you?

    What does the term “mission fundraising” mean to you?

    I define mission fundraising as sharing the purpose or reason of existence for your organization with donors for the purpose of raising much-needed philanthropic support, so the organization may advance its mission or …Read More »

Testimonials

A Real Challenge

"We approached Jeff with a real challenge: Join our annual retreat at a time when our team and our organization are facing truly evolutionary changes, and lead us through a day of actionable discovery. He delivered the results we needed by working closely with me to customize the day’s content in advance, and by connecting with each and every member of our group. Jeff’s clear understanding of team dynamics and best-practice presentation techniques made our internal gathering a transformative event. I recommend him highly."

Susan St. Onge
Chief Advancement Officer, Hillside Family of Agencies

Jeff Bagel
2018-08-28T14:27:02+00:00

Susan St. Onge
Chief Advancement Officer, Hillside Family of Agencies

"We approached Jeff with a real challenge: Join our annual retreat at a time when our team and our organization are facing truly evolutionary changes, and lead us through a day of actionable discovery. He delivered the results we needed by working closely with me to customize the day’s content in advance, and by connecting with each and every member of our group. Jeff’s clear understanding of team dynamics and best-practice presentation techniques made our internal gathering a transformative event. I recommend him highly."

Jeff knows the challenges of community colleges

"Jeff knows the challenges of community colleges firsthand and is very strategic in providing me and my team the framework that positions us for success."

Karen L. Schmidt

Executive Director

Houston Community College Foundation

Jeff Bagel
2018-10-01T17:54:07+00:00

Karen L. Schmidt

Executive Director

Houston Community College Foundation

"Jeff knows the challenges of community colleges firsthand and is very strategic in providing me and my team the framework that positions us for success."

Your book is a great reference and I love the templates.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Our district foundation purchased 10 books of your Annual Fundraising Plans Made Simple for staff and our four college presidents and some board members. Your book is a great reference. Additionally, I love the templates.

LaNiece Jones
Executive Director
Peralta Colleges Foundation
www.peraltafoundation.org

Jeff Bagel
2019-06-21T15:24:17+00:00

LaNiece Jones
Executive Director
Peralta Colleges Foundation
www.peraltafoundation.org

Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Our district foundation purchased 10 books of your Annual Fundraising Plans Made Simple for staff and our four college presidents and some board members. Your book is a great reference. Additionally, I love the templates.

We truly appreciate your work with us…

“We truly appreciate your work with us on the Foundation program review. The report is excellent. You identified key areas for us to focus on and shared very relevant recommendations.”

Josh Bullock, Ph.D.
President
Lake Land College

Jeff Bagel
2019-09-04T20:32:39+00:00

Josh Bullock, Ph.D.
President
Lake Land College

“We truly appreciate your work with us on the Foundation program review. The report is excellent. You identified key areas for us to focus on and shared very relevant recommendations.”

Clear and concise recommendations for improvement

Jeff Bagel performed a development audit for our foundation. His interviews and research were extensive and resulted in a report that was not only comprehensive, but also contained very clear and concise recommendations for improvement. Those recommendations allowed a new executive director to establish a framework for operational planning. The format also created an understanding for the Board of Directors of the steps taken and those needed to move forward effectively.

Pam Hunter
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement
College of the Desert

Jeff Bagel
2020-11-04T17:53:01+00:00

Pam Hunter
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement
College of the Desert

Jeff Bagel performed a development audit for our foundation. His interviews and research were extensive and resulted in a report that was not only comprehensive, but also contained very clear and concise recommendations for improvement. Those recommendations allowed a new executive director to establish a framework for operational planning. The format also created an understanding for the Board of Directors of the steps taken and those needed to move forward effectively.
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Jeff in Action ...

“Gifts from the Heart” is a television program that aired multiple times on WBBZ TV. Jeff created the concept for “Gifts from the Heart” and also served as a producer of the show. Jeff provided in-studio analysis, discussing both the impact philanthropy has on a community and the ethics of professional fundraising. The program won the New York State Broadcasters Award for Best Community Service Program.

Jeff Bagel, Author: Annual Fundraising Plans Made Simple -- Lemur Studios Presents Episode 008

Jeff explains why it's so important for your organization to have an annual fundraising plan. His best selling book teaches how to get organized and maintain meaningful relationships with donors to your organization.

The Elevate Your 8 Podcast

Episode 005: Why You Need a Plan

In today's episode, we are talking to Jeff Bagel - your host, Kris McPeak, just met Jeff at a national conference and it was obvious after that meeting that Jeff NEEDED to be on this podcast!

Clients choose eAdvancement Consulting for its:

Experience: eAdvancement Consulting has guided more than 200 clients worldwide.
Expertise: eAdvancement Consulting principals all achieved success as nationally-recognized practitioners.
Excellence: Only eAdvancement Consulting principals work with each and every client.

Clients

There are many reasons to contact Jeff Bagel, CFRE

Drawing on his wisdom and experience as a fundraising executive for more than 30 years, Jeff Bagel, CFRE can guide you in numerous ways:

Consult: As a Principal with eAdvancementConsulting, Jeff can assist you in raising philanthropy beyond your expectations, strengthen your board, improve your alumni or member programs and facilitate your annual and multi-year strategic planning efforts.

Speak, Listen, Learn: From conferences to classrooms – webinars to media -- blogs to book:

Ask Jeff to speak at your next conference, retreat or symposium. Invite Jeff to your classroom for extended learning. Inquire how Jeff can develop and present webinars to help achieve your goals. Schedule Jeff for media appearances or analysis on philanthropy.

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