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Management Secrets for Super-Power Fundraising

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 04:19 PM

This is the first in a series of blogs about things YOU can do to make it easier for your development shop to get consistently great results and predictable levels of growth, by improving the way you manage things. 


"Watertight": A Fundraising Success Story

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 04:12 PM

We've been running our Leaky Bucket Assessment of Fundraising Effectiveness for about a year now, and to our surprise, only a tiny fraction - 3% - of  respondents to date have scored at the "Watertight" level.  Only a teeny-tiny minority of nonprofit organizations are truly efficient and effective in their fundraising practices, at least in terms of the nine  practices measured in the Leaky Bucket. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of one of those "Watertight" agencies, and got a  taste of what it's like in a nonprofit with effective development practices.


Nonprofit Fundraising: Your Bucket is LEAKING!

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @ 11:03 AM

We began our Leaky Bucket Assessment for Effective Fundraising in May of this year, and already we are seeing some trends that should give all fund-development professionals food for thought.  But we need YOUR assessment to help validate our findings, so please, just visit -Leaky Bucket for Effective Fundraising to complete yours.  It's free, it only takes 5 minutes, and when you're done, I'll be happy to review it with you personally. 


Why Your Pipeline Should Speak "Donor."

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 @ 01:21 PM

Your fundraising pipeline, that useful calendar of prospective grants and gifts that you try to keep full, may only tell you two things today:  "what's coming in soon?" and "are we going to meet our fundraising goals this quarter?" But your pipeline could tell you many other valuable things - if it could speak "Donor,"' that is, speak to you in the voice of your donors, grantors and corporate partners.   


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