The Leaky Bucket Productivity Assessments

The Leaky Bucket Productivity


The only popular studies of fundraising-team performance. Find out where your fundraising springs a leak!

Leaky Bucket Productivity

Leaky Bucket Productivity

The Leaky Bucket Free Fundraising Assessment

Designed for individuals, the free version measures nine business practices that either contribute to or detract from your fundraising productivity. It only takes about five minutes to complete. If your fundraising bucket is leaking, use this assessment to find out where! You’ll get your results right away.

The Leaky Bucket, Professional Edition

The Professional Edition delves deeper into fundraising practices, technologies, and results to show the correlation between your fundraising success and the practices and methods you’re using. The Professional edition is for your nonprofit’s entire team – fundraising team, volunteers, senior leaders, board members, even program people, no limit on participants. We provide you with a unique ID; your people complete the assessments; we analyze them. Deliverables include a narrative report with graphs and charts, and a live 90-minute debrief on your findings.

The SMART Way™ Comprehensive Fundraising Assessment

Comprehensive fundraising assessments are the gold standard for larger or more complex development shops. Our comprehensive assessment includes a great deal of data analysis, with a modicum of one-on-one interviews, giving you faster results at a more affordable price.

The standard SMART Way™ Comprehensive Assessment includes:

Leaky Bucket Professional Edition

5-year historical analysis of donor performance

Wealth screening of your entire donor database

Interviews with selected leadership, board, and current donors

Additional research may be required based on your organization’s preferences, needs and capacity.

How Leaky is YOUR Bucket?

Leaking like a sieve!

Call the productivity helpline!

Time for preventive productivity maintenance!


The Leaky Bucket Fundraising Assessment is the largest popular study of fundraising-staff capacity and readiness to provide predictable, consistent income growth. We have been collecting data for this study since 2011. The most recent benchmarking study analyzed results from 1370 respondents. Findings from this study demonstrate a clear need for improved productivity.  Download it to understand more about the importance of fundraising productivity.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project from AFP, and Giving USA, from The Giving Institute, are are invaluable, but they do not examine fundraising team performance.  

You will only find that information here, in the Leaky Bucket Benchmarking Study, Fundraising Down the Drain.

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