Janeal Ford, MPA, CFRE

Janeal Ford, MPA, CFRE

President and CEO

Janeal has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years’ and brings a wealth of experience to best-practice fundraising  As a fundraising professional, board member, community volunteer and consultant, she has helped charities raise millions of dollars. Charities such as Volunteers of America, Utah Food Bank, Junior League and Intermountain Healthcare have all benefited from Janeal’s energy, strengths, and passion. In 2014, she founded Fordable Fundraising, a fundraising consulting firm designed to help leaders expand their capacity to change the world.  

Ford received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive. Janeal is originally from Utah and has made San Diego her home for the past eight years. She enjoys teaching the joy of fundraising and currently serves as instructor for UCSD Extension’s Fundraising Certificate Program teaching both Annual Giving and Donor Relations and Stewardship.

Janeal Ford is not only extremely knowledgeable about the nonprofit sector, but she is also passionate and practical in her teaching practice. I benefited from her expertise as a student in her UC San Diego Extension Annual Giving course. She facilitated and guided us expertly through what any nonprofit professional would need to know in the realm of annual giving. She created a community among a class made up of both nonprofit professionals (with varying levels of experience) and professionals exploring the nonprofit sector. If that were not enough of a feat, she did this during a pandemic with a remote course. She made sure the experience remained valuable as she facilitated Zoom classroom meetings that were interactive and a good use of our time. She shared her space with guest speakers who provided meaningful insight about the different aspects of annual giving. Finally, her assignments were useful because they helped students simulate real-world experience ranging from writing a direct mail piece to analyzing why a solicitation went wrong. Her specific feedback on each assignment was timely and designed to help us move forward to the next assignment or work in our professions. Janeal’s experience and leadership skills, along with her warmth, make her an ideal, collaborative instructor. .

Suzanne Sanders

Instructor, University of California, San Diego Extension