T.J. McGovern – Episode 32

T.J. McGovern is the president of the McGovern Consulting Group. He was formerly the Development Manager at Fairbanks Hospital and Development Director at Ivy Tech Community College. T.J. focuses on helping nonprofits develop their message.

Learn more about McGovern Consulting Group at

Click here to listen on YouTube!

    Topic Timestamps

    • Introduction [00:00]
    • T.J. McGovern [01:03]
    • When did you know fundraising was what you wanted to do? [01:34]
    • Where did you work before starting your business? [02:17]
    • Fairbanks Hospital [04:07]
    • Working with healthcare institutions today? [04:47]
    • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra [05:11]
    • Understanding the role of the board [06:12]
    • What have you learned in the 5 years since starting your business? [06:53]
    • Did you work with consultants as an employee? [07:36]
    • Any advice for those getting started? [08:41]
    • What has been your biggest challenge so far? [09:13]
    • Have you turned down work from potential clients? [10:48]
    • How do you work on an organization’s message? [11:29]
    • How else do you help nonprofits? [13:08]
    • How do you find new business? [13:52]
    • What makes a good client for you? [14:28]
    • Was there an initial financial investment? [14:50]
    • Who in the organization do you like to work with? [15:30]
    • Have you had any mentors over the years? [16:15]
    • How much business experience did you have prior to starting yours? [17:45]
    • What tasks do you hope to delegate in the future? [19:10]
    • What tools do you use to get your job done? [19:37]
    • What’s your typical schedule like? [20:12]
    • for Consultants [20:53]
    • Lightning Round [22:02]
Released Episode
23  Apr  2019 Michael Rubin (HIBMFC-0043) Download
09  Apr  2019 Scott Koskoski (HIBMFC-0042) Download
26  Mar  2019 Mary Cahalane (HIBMFC-0041) Download
12  Mar  2019 Hannah Zollman (HIBMFC-0040) Download
26  Feb  2019 Amy Varga (HIBMFC-0039) Download
29  Jan  2019 Elise Saltzberg (HIBMFC-0038) Download
08  Jan  2019 Dan Shephard (HIBMFC-0037) Download
11  Dec  2018 Arlene Cogen (HIBMFC-0036) Download
27  Nov  2018 Joe Tumolo (HIBMFC-0035) Download
13  Nov  2018 Sherry Quam Taylor (HIBMFC-0034) Download
30  Oct  2018 Penelope Burk (HIBMFC-0033) Download
16  Oct  2018 T.J. McGovern (HIBMFC-0032) Download
02  Oct  2018 Cathy R. Sheffield (HIBMFC-0031) Download
11  Sep  2018 Jay Frost (HIBMFC-0030) Download
28  Aug  2018 Emma Kieran (HIBMFC-0029) Download
14  Aug  2018 Sarah Jackson (HIBMFC-0028) Download
31  Jul  2018 Claire Axelrad (HIBMFC-0027) Download
17  Jul  2018 Matthew Dubins (HIBMFC-0026) Download
03  Jul  2018 Sam Laprade (HIBMFC-0025) Download
19  Jun  2018 Andrew Olsen (HIBMFC-0024) Download
05  Jun  2018 Sheila Dwyer Schwartz (HIBMFC-0023) Download
22  May  2018 Missy Gale (HIBMFC-0022) Download
08  May  2018 Nadine Gabai-Botero (HIBMFC-0021) Download
24  Apr  2018 Jeff Brooks (HIBMFC-0020) Download
10  Apr  2018 Jim Langley (HIBMFC-0019) Download
27  Mar  2018 Michael Rosen (HIBMFC-0018) Download
13  Mar  2018 Andrea Kihlstedt (HIBMFC-0017) Download
27  Feb  2018 Amy Eisenstein (HIBMFC-0016) Download
13  Feb  2018 Kelley McGeehan (HIBMFC-0015) Download
30  Jan  2018 Richard Perry (HIBMFC-0014) Download
16  Jan  2018 Steven Screen (HIBMFC-0013) Download
02  Jan  2018 Lori Kranczer (HIBMFC-0012) Download
19  Dec  2017 Greg Lassonde (HIBMFC-0011) Download
05  Dec  2017 Marcy Heim (HIBMFC-0010) Download
21  Nov  2017 Larry Raff (HIBMFC-0009) Download
07  Nov  2017 Gail Perry (HIBMFC-0008) Download
24  Oct  2017 Katherine DeFoyd (HIBMFC-0007) Download
10  Oct  2017 Kathy Swayze (HIBMFC-0006) Download
26  Sep  2017 Phyllis Freedman (HIBMFC-0005) Download
12  Sep  2017 Julie Carter (HIBMFC-0004) Download
29  Aug  2017 Diane Remin (HIBMFC-0003) Download
15  Aug  2017 Tom Ahern (HIBMFC-0002) Download
01  Aug  2017 David A. Mersky (HIBMFC-0001) Download

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About the Podcast

How I Built My Fundraising Consultancy is a bi-weekly interview podcast with fundraising consultants. Hear how individual consultants and consulting firm leaders got their start.

Learn what it takes to launch your practice, the tools you’ll need, and the hardships you may face. Discover what it takes to build a fundraising consultancy. Check out How I Built My Fundraising Consultancy by MarketSmart.

New episodes released every other Tuesday!

How I Built My Fundraising Consultancy Podcast Now Available!

Submit Your Feedback
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Get smarter with the SmartIdeas blog

Subscribe to our blog today and get actionable fundraising ideas delivered straight to your inbox!