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Lori L. Jacobwith

Fundraising Culture Change Expert & Master Storyteller

My mission is to help you raise more money from individual donors.

My vision is that you do that with genuine ease & joy!

Meet Lori

Lori L. Jacobwith is the Founder of Ignited Fundraising. The sweet spot of her work is to help organizations put a face on their impact by sharing inspiring, ethical mission moment stories.

For more than 35 years Lori has had a laser focus on helping nonprofit staff & board members implement fundraising solutions that put ease and joy into raising money.

To date, she’s helped nonprofit organizations raise more than $500 million.

Public speaking & training remain her passion in her quest to fulfill her personal mission of helping as many nonprofit organizations as possible exceed their annual fundraising results.

How She Does It

When she’s not speaking at conferences, Lori delivers in-person or virtual coaching and training.

Her blog has been recognized as one of the top fundraising blogs in the U.S.

Lori is author of Nine Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign and co-author of The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits both available on

Lori wrote and created the only step-by-step video training program that marries the art of fundraising with the power of storytelling.  The Complete Storytelling System provides a video learning experience to catapult your fundraising to unbelievable levels of success.

A longtime member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lori holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and additional training from Indiana University’s Fund Raising School. It’s true, Lori has a passion for fundraising — She also has a passion for attending her native Minnesota State Fair —for more than 50 consecutive years.

Short Bio: Lori L. Jacobwith is a nationally-recognized fundraising culture change expert and master storyteller who has been named one of America’s top fundraising experts. She has delivered more than 10,000 coaching and training sessions that have helped nonprofit organizations raise more than $500 million dollars from individual donors. Lori helps staff and board members share their stories powerfully and effectively to cause donors to give more. With a BA in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota, Lori also has training from Indiana University’s Fund Raising School and is a longtime member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Thank you for advancing the great work in the nonprofit sector that happens in Minnesota through your workshops, training and coaching.

Jackie StichaComo Friends

Our four weeks of partnership has left me more energized and prepared to ask leading questions and conveying stories that inspire. I'm grateful for the mentorship.

Mike ReuterExecutive Director, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions

Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of attending your webinars. I want you to know that I so appreciate your perspective and insight. When I know you are facilitating a webinar I make sure to clear my schedule so I can attend. I learn so much and take away some really fantastic ideas and therefore am better equipped to help my organization.

Michelle DuffCommunity Relations Manager, Rimrock Trails Treatment Services

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