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

The first thing people notice when they meet Lori is her passion for the positive. She helps find the “it’s possible” angle to most any fundraising challenge. Lori’s speaking & coaching helps executive directors, development directors and even fundraising committee chairs’ communicate powerfully to exponentially increase their fundraising.

Named one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Lori L. Jacobwith is an internationally-recognized master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert. Lori has more than 35 years’ experience helping nonprofit organizations raise more than $400 million dollars from individual donors. And counting.

Not your average speaker or trainer, Lori’s poise, humor, enthusiasm and best practices inspire and electrify. She teaches how to connect with and engage others by doing the same herself. By sharing easy-to-implement strategies and tools that will inspire even the most-weary or overworked nonprofit staff or board member, Lori makes your training sessions, keynotes or board retreats effective and memorable.

How Does She Do It?

When she’s not speaking at conferences around the world, or delivering board training sessions, Lori delivers virtual communications training through her annual Ignite Your Fundraising Results program.

Lori is a prolific writer: Fire Starters, her must-read weekly 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.

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 “home-study” experience to deeply engage board members and catapult individual donor 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 the Indiana University 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 25 Fundraising Experts. She has delivered more than 10,000 coaching and training sessions that have helped nonprofit organizations raise more than $400 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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