Jack Beckford

Jack Beckford provides planning, development, training and assessment services to nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Southeast. As the founding Director of a nonprofit organization, chair of three boards of directors, and with 15 years of experience as a grantmaker, Jack brings a valuable mix of perspectives and experience to assisting nonprofit organizations. Since founding Beckford Consulting in 2002, Jack has provided organizational development, fund-raising planning, board training, assessments, and retreat facilitations to more than 80 nonprofit organizations and half a dozen foundations. In addition to being a member of the consulting team at GCN he is a Community Coach for the Neighborhood Fund of the Atlanta Community Foundation.

Previously Jack spent 13 years at the Fund for Southern Communities (FSC). FSC raised money from individual donors and private foundations, evaluated proposals for grant awards, and provided technical assistance and training to small community groups in Georgia and the Carolinas. While at FSC, Jack was a member of the National Network of Grantmakers, and chaired the “Funders Who Fund in the South” working group. He helped form and served on the board of directors for Georgia Shares and the Southern Rural Development Initiative. Earlier Jack had served as interim associate for National Relief and Development for the Presbyterian Hunger Program of the Presbyterian Church, USA.

A former junior soccer coach and tennis player, Jack stays in shape running and managing his organic vegetable garden. 

Read our conversation with Jack.


Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions

Organizational Development
Somali American Community Center
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Board Development
Forsyth Co. Family Haven
Lake Claire Community Land Trust


Open letter to a small nonprofit
Every small group should periodically take a step back and take a look at itself. 


“I’ve known Jack and his work for many years and have a high regard for him personally and professionally. He is committed to helping nonprofits survive and thrive. He listens well and is able to bring people to consensus.” 
—Krista Brewer, Board Chair, 
Georgia WAND