Our Story

At Joan Wood & Company we think of ourselves as change agents. We fix problems, improve systems, help build development shops to support organizations that want to grow. We coach nonprofit leaders about development, mentor development professionals and train boards and development staff on fundraising best practices. We use fundraising best practices – and our expertise in fundraising process improvement – to provide uniquely-tailored coaching and training services.

We are expert presenters to CEOs, major donors, boards and fundraisers. We have 35+ years of development experience to guide nonprofits as they navigate an ever-changing fundraising landscape.

Ultimately, we help nonprofits raise more money – we teach them the tools to fundraise more effectively.

Coach. Mentor. Train.

Our Services

We tailor our services to meet the unique needs of our nonprofit clients.

Coaching Nonprofit Leaders

Coaching Nonprofit Leaders

› Evaluate Fundraising Strategy & Tactics
› Analyze Performance Related Metrics
› Develop Case for Support & Donor   Messaging
› Build a Fundraising & Engaged Board
› Use Advisory & Ancillary Boards in   fundraising

Mentoring Development Professionals

Mentoring Development Professionals

› Create Actionable Development Plans
› Determine Strategies for Individual,   Foundation & Corporation Outreach
› Multi-Channel Segmentation & Targeting   Strategies
› Prospect Research & Wealth Screening
› Identify, Cultivate, Ask & Stewarding   Major Donors

Training Nonprofit Boards & Staff

Training Nonprofit Boards & Staff

› Board Engagement Strategies
› Recruitment & Orientation
› Improve Messaging & "Elevator Speech"
› Understanding which development KPIs   matter


Folks like us, but what they really like is that their revenue increases after we help improve their development program.

Recent Wood Posts


Planned Giving Zoom 8.17.21

Joan facilitated a conversation with two planned giving professionals for the Seasoned Fundraisers Affinity Group of the AFP New Mexico Chapter. Bonnie McLeskey, Associate VP

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