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.

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    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]

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