A talented and highly respected fundraising professional has joined the Global team as Vice President British Columbia and Senior Consultant. Jeff Sodowsky takes up his role April 12, 2018, working from the Vancouver office. Jeff brings the BC Consultants team to four, joining Esther Jang (Vancouver), Richard Walker (Victoria) and John Davies (Victoria).
“I’m absolutely delighted with Jeff’s appointment. It’s been a long search, and I’m pleased that we took our time to find the right match. With his experience working in the Arts and Healthcare sectors, Jeff brings another important set of skills to our clients.” — Guy Mallabone, President and CEO
Following a professional performing career, Jeff has been working in fundraising and the social-profit sector for over 30 years in Canada and the US.
“Philanthropy changes our world. From donors contributing so an artist’s vision can be realized, to those able to further their education because of a scholarship, from feeding the hungry to seeing first-hand a life saved by equipment generously funded from a donor who will never meet the patient, the impact of the gifts of others has been all around me. I am quite excited to join Global Philanthropic and empower more organizations to enhance the world in which we live – starting with Canada.” — Jeff Sodowsky
In addition to his consulting and work as a board member for charitable organizations, Jeff has served as the Chief Development Officer for BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Executive Director for Opera Cleveland and Acting General Director and Chief Development Officer for Vancouver Opera. He held education and development positions at several major US arts companies and was Finance Director for a US Congressional campaign.
Jeff’s consultancies have focused on comprehensive campaign planning, developing new giving programs, interim leadership, solicitor training and mentorship of fund-raising personnel. He has led the development of strategic directions, managed through cutbacks and crises, worked as a grant writer for all levels of support and produced scores of special events.
Jeff holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration, a Masters in Business Administration and a CFRE designation. He serves as a Vice-President and mentor for the Greater Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is the also the program co-chair and on the executive for Vancouver’s chapter of Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).
Committed to equity, inclusion and new opportunities, Jeff previously volunteered as a lead coordinator for building five houses for Habitat for Humanity.