August Fundraising Strategies was established as KirschLeuchs Consulting in 2007 by Ellen Leuchs and Dan Kirsch with the goal of providing high-quality, effective fundraising counsel to local, regional, and national non-profits.
Ellen’s 25-year career in development and fundraising has encompassed work in social services, higher education, and health care. She has managed multimillion dollar campaigns, bringing in hard-to-reach donors, cultivating and soliciting new major gift prospects, and stewarding long-term supporters. She specializes in helping small, mid-size, and large organizations establish donor relationships of integrity, develop fundraising capacity, and institute appropriate infrastructure and planning. Ellen has extensive experience working with philanthropic individuals and organizational leaders to strategize effective giving programs and build fundraising skills among staff and volunteers.
Ellen has held senior management positions in development and advancement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, and Safe Horizon (formerly known as Victim Services, Inc.) in New York City. She also played key fundraising roles at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Free Press, in Northampton and Florence, respectively, as well as the Minority Task Force on AIDS and Henry Street Settlement, both in New York.
Ellen has consulted with an array of not-for-profits in New England and New York including the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Love Heals: The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education. She serves on the Development Committee of the Amherst (MA) Education Foundation. Ellen holds a Bachelors degree from Columbia College of Columbia University.
Dan has spent more than 25 years as a resource development specialist, manager, consultant and volunteer for education, the arts, and social services. He has planned and managed campaigns with goals from $12 million to $112 million, built and mentored fundraising teams, restructured fundraising operations, managed portfolios of high net worth donors, and coached nonprofit executives and senior volunteers. Dan specializes in working with organizations in transition to establish or revitalize their donor programs. He has also launched entrepreneurial ventures to serve nonprofits’ fundraising and hiring needs and to help professionals transitioning to new careers in the nonprofit sector.
Dan has served in executive development roles for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, New England Conservatory of Music, Pine Manor College, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, and as a Mentor/Consultant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. His consulting clients have included Northeastern University, Safe Passage, Treehouse Foundation/Treehouse Boston, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network.
Dan serves on the board of the Friends of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School. He has also worked with the Pioneer Institute’s Development Initiative capacity-building program for urban charter schools and was a member of the founding board of KIPP Boston Academy Charter School. Dan received his BA from Dartmouth College.