Janeal Ford, MPA, CFRE
President and CEO
Janeal Ford is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer. After a 15 year career in nonprofit fundraising, Janeal started Fordable Fundraising to help leaders strengthen community engagement and improve resource gathering. Initially starting as a grant writer at her kitchen table, she has since grown the company to a team of nine employees. Since its beginning, the company has now helped leaders secure more than $59 million in charitable gifts.
Janeal has more than 20 years experience in nonprofit management and fundraising and is a seasoned entrepreneur, thought leader and consultant. She speaks regularly at conferences and workshops, sharing her insights on effective fundraising strategies, nonprofit management, and the evolving landscape of philanthropy.
Janeal holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah and is Certified as a Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE).
Originally from Utah, Janeal has called San Diego home for ten years. In her off time spending time with her family, spending time in nature, and exploring the world.
More about Janeal….
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. .