Jeff Buchanan

Jeff BuchananSenior Consultant

: Australia (Brisbane): 1300 758 812:

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), BSc (Hons), Dip Ed

Your Fundraising Consultant

Jeff has 15 years experience as a professional fundraiser and consultant, achieving considerable success for several organisations, and recognised by his peers for national awards. Jeff has personally asked for multi million dollar philanthropic gifts and large corporate sponsorships and coached many clients to do the same.

The skills and experience Jeff offers to clients is wide ranging:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Solicitation of Major Gifts

  • Data Analytics

  • Fundraising Training & Workshops

  • Marketing

  • Enterprise and Innovation Initiatives

  • Major Events

A client of Jeff’s can expect a thorough and frank assessment of their situation, options to consider, expert recommendations to pursue with explanations and (when possible) an evidence base to support it.

I enjoy taking on large challenges and breaking them down into steps and working with clients to navigate through the complexity that gets results.


  • Member Fundraising Institute of Australia

  • Member Educate Plus

  • Directed the campaign that won Best Capital Campaign (State), Best Capital Campaign (National) and Best Campaign Overall (National) in 2006 FIA Awards



Jeff moved from the teaching profession into a Development Officer role in 1999. Following a good year in this role he accepted a position at another school to become Director of Development for 5 years and then into consulting in 2005, moving to a role as a Senior Consultant at AskRIGHT in 2007.

At AskRIGHT Jeff’s clients have included universities, schools, health research organisations, aged care and religious organisations, and international aid organisations. He has worked with fundraising teams of just one person through to comprehensive progams with 20 or more staff and volunteers.

He works with clients to build their capability to achieve better results across a range of fundraising activities, improve their donor/prospect engagement outcomes, and shift their thinking and behaviour to be more donor-centric.

Jeff has given guest lectures at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and at the Faculty of Business at the University of Queensland. He has also presented at conferences for FIA, Educate Plus, FINZ, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ, Better Boards Australia Conference, and Research Australia conference.

I enjoy teaching people, challenging their thinking and developing better ways to bridge the divides that can impact good fundraising practice and productive fundraising culture.

Client Testimonials

Both we and the Hummingbird House Board have learned a great deal from our relationship with Jeff Buchanan and AskRIGHT. In all sincerity, we cannot understate how valuable the advice and support from them was, particularly at a time when we really needed it. They have played a critical part in our fundraising success and laid the platform for a very promising future for Hummingbird House as we build this facility and develop this very important service for families in desperate need of respite and other services.

– Paul and Gabrielle Quilliam, CoFounders, Hummingbird House Queensland

Jeff Buchanan from AskRIGHT identified a number of areas where improvements could be made, and worked with us to map out a realistic way forward that aligned with our budget outlook. Our Board enjoyed a very good session lead by Jeff on key issues we face as we press forward to improve our fundraising outcomes and raise more money to be used in the wonderful services provided across NSW and ACT. At the completion of the work, we were pleased to retain AskRIGHT for further assistance in recruiting a suitable Fundraising Manager to drive implementation of the plan. We currently remain a client for support services to the Fundraising Manager we recruited. I am pleased to say that AskRIGHT have provided a great deal of insight and value for our journey toward better fundraising. It is a good feeling as the Chief Executive Officer to know that we have a trusted fundraising adviser that we can call on to address any particular issue with us.

Ross Law, CEO, BaptistCare


Fundraising Commitment

I decided to work as a consultant because I greatly enjoy helping people to solve complicated problems, and fundraising has many, to then raise more money so that they can achieve the extraordinary things they do to make the world a better place.

Jeff is known as an experienced professional who understands a client’s situation and provides them with the strategies and tools to fix problems and achieve improved results. Through working with Jeff, clients are more informed, more confident, more willing to develop and test new initiatives, and have a better grasp of best practice.

In addition to solving their immediate problems, Jeff is able to add value through what he brings to a client to absorb for the long term, including the tools and insights to maintain a high standard of practice and tackle new problems and opportunities.

I’ve seen clients do amazing things when they have the funds they need. I’m really passionate to do what I can to make it possible for them to press forward to reach their goal.

Jeff serves on the Board of Huntingtons Queensland.

It’s a terrific group of thoroughly dedicated men and women who provide support to hundreds of families and professionals throughout Queensland who are grappling with this terrible illness. Huntingtons Queensland raises funds for much-needed services and research. While all remain hopeful for better treatments and a cure, we strive in the meantime to support those individuals and families who have many and varied needs.

He is also a Board Member of the Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health that develops and successfully implements mental health awareness, prevention and intervention programs second to none for people living and working in rural and remote Australia.


Jeff Buchanan

Jeff Buchanan

Senior Fundraising Consultant at AskRIGHT
Jeff has 15 years experience as a professional fundraiser and consultant, achieving considerable success for several organisations, and recognised by his peers for national awards.

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Jeff Buchanan

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