Leaky Bucket Blog

Leaky Bucket Blog

Welcome to the Leaky Bucket blog, where we discuss everything related to measuring, managing, and improving fundraising performance. And some other stray thoughts from time to time.

Leaky Bucket Productivity

Leaky Bucket Blog

Welcome to the Leaky Bucket blog, where we discuss everything related to measuring, managing, and improving fundraising performance. And some other stray thoughts from time to time.

The Latest From Our Blog

Matt Hugg

Nonprofits MUST emphasize the importance of continuing education and new ideas, not just due to COVID. Here are ten suggestions to stay ahead of the curve.

Ellen Bristol

Nonprofit leaders and managers need to know how successful they've been so they can plan wisely. Yet our research shows they DON'T. Find out why.

Ellen Bristol

Another secret to fundraising productivity: do nothing! Overtired and overworked? Even if you can't take two weeks off, try these ideas for mini-vacations.

Ellen Bristol

Are you still 'buying' the overhead-ratio myth? Even worse, are your donors or grantmakers buying it? Keeping your overhead artifically low is a route to disaster. Here are a few secrets for overcoming the Overhead Myth in your nonprofit. Adopt them and see how much more impact you can achieve.

Ellen Bristol

Stop trying to do more and better activities. Focus instead of getting RESULTS. Manage fundraising for productivity!!

Ellen Bristol

Events don't raise money. They raise LEADS. See how.

Ellen Bristol

BoardSource has a great article on Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness, and you should read it. But I think they overlooked one important concept - what it takes to manage and empower the people who actually DO the fundraising for your nonprofit.

Ellen Bristol

Are your major donors and other major investors worth the costs to cultivate them? The major gift team needs documented ideal-donor profiles. Without them, fundraising effectiveness suffers. You could be losing thousands of dollars an hour, and not even know it.

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