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Advancement Directors Workshop


February 26, 2019 

(10:00 - 3:00 Central Time)

St. Paul Christian Academy, Nashville (Green Hills)

Speakers:  Lighthouse Counsel Consultants &

Jeff Jackson, President of GISA


9:30  Registration, Coffee & Conversation
10:00  Welcome

  Presentation #1:  Strategic Planning ~ by Jeff Jowdy & Jeff Jackson

11:15  Break

  Lunch & Roundtable Discussions

1:00  Presentation #2:  Major Gifts & Planned Giving ~ by David Snow

  Presentation #3:  Annual Giving

  ~ by Kathy Gaston "Show Me The Money"

3:00  Closing




Speaker:  Jeff Jowdy, President


A veteran of nonprofit leadership and fundraising, Jeff is known for his integrity, broad expertise, keen insight and accurate strategizing. He has been the guiding force behind Lighthouse Counsel since founding it in 1999.  As senior vice president of development for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, he led one of the nation’s most successful YMCA fundraising programs. He also was senior managing director at Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners.


Jeff began his fundraising career as executive director of the South Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and then served as advancement director at Mount de Sales Academy.  Jeff is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nashville Chapter and was recognized as their Fundraising Professional of the Year. Jeff is a member of the AFP Atlanta and Nashville chapters. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville and the Sons of the American Revolution. Jeff is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Middle Tennessee.  He is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, and the AFP Executive Management and Leadership programs.  He is chair of the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation and past chair of the Board of Trust at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Middle Tennessee. He was an executive committee member of UGA’s national alumni association for a decade.  Jeff was a multi-year member of the Fundraising Success (now Nonprofit Pro) Editorial Advisory Board and writes the popular Bedrocks & Beacons weekly blog for the publication. 


Speaker:  Kathy Gaston, Senior Consultant


Kathy joined Lighthouse Counsel after 20 years as director of development at The Oak Hill School in Nashville, where she led two successful capital campaigns. She also directed all volunteer activities and shepherded an annual fund campaign that achieved 100 percent parent participation.


Kathy is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for overall improvement in educational fundraising and is founder of the Nashville Area Development Directors Association. She also is a dynamic and popular presenter on the fundraising and development circuit.  She has served on a number of nonprofit boards and founded the Families Supporting Families support group with The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee.

Speaker:  David Snow, Senior Consultant  

David Snow offers more than four decades of experience in executive and development leadership in health care, education and social services.  Most recently, David served as the Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of Greater Houston for 10 years, doubling the annual campaign to nearly $8 million, significantly growing the endowment and leading $50 million in capital campaigns. David previously led institutional advancement at The Dominican Campus (Aquinas College, St. Cecilia Academy and Overbrook School) in Nashville, TN where he led three successful capital campaigns to fund campus expansions.


With a reputation for building solid support staff teams and developing strong volunteer leadership, David is a leader in annual support campaign and endowment development strategy.



TAIS Member Registration Fee:  $150/person

Non-member Registration Fee:  $225/person

Lunch is included.  TAIS will mail an invoice to your school's business office in February.

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