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prof. Frank Pisch

Frank Pisch

Founder & Chairman

Meet Frank Pisch

Frank established The Compass Group 25 years ago with a goal of providing a more client-centered approach to fundraising consulting. Clients, like donors, come first is a guiding principle. His belief that the way in which a client goes about raising money is more important than the money they raise empowers clients to be authentic and capitalize on their unique role in the world. Frank believes that it is all about relationships and encourages Compass clients to operate in a way that builds lifelong relationships with donors. The process and hands-on approach that Frank has developed through The Compass Group has allowed many organizations to build their capacity to raise more money every day.

A look back at 25 years of success

$ 2 Billion

Raised

150 +

Organizations served

Our Work in Action

Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Teaming Up for Success

  • Services:
  • Campaign Management
  • Readiness Assessment
Goal: $10 M Raised: $10 M

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) had recently updated their strategic plan which included several capital improvements and increased scholarship funding. Significant resources were necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. The school had never had a campaign before and the board and staff were very anxious about it. The board chair had worked with The Compass Group in the past and facilitated an introduction. Compass partnered with CRMS to conduct a Readiness Assessment to evaluate internal and external capacities to implement a successful campaign. Based on the findings  of the ...
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The Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) had recently updated their strategic plan which included several capital improvements and increased scholarship funding. Significant resources were necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. The school had never had a campaign before and the board and staff were very anxious about it. The board chair had worked with The Compass Group in the past and facilitated an introduction. Compass partnered with CRMS to conduct a Readiness Assessment to evaluate internal and external capacities to implement a successful campaign. Based on the findings  of the Readiness Assessment, the board of CRMS voted to advance a campaign. CRMS partnered with Compass to implement the recommendations of the assessment. Teaming with new development leadership, Compass provided both high-level strategic direction, board development, and training and day-to-day advice regarding  systems, processes, and team building.  The accountability and guidance from Compass enabled CRMS to successfully complete a $10 million campaign, providing the resources necessary to advance the strategic plan.  Even more importantly, the staff, board, and volunteers acquired the skills needed to fundraise on their own.
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"It brought our team together for the long term. Everything I’ve learned in that campaign I’ve institutionalized throughout our organization."

Lisa Raleigh

Development Director

Los Alamos Historical Society

Successful Small Shop/Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

  • Services:
  • Planning Study
  • Campaign Management

The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) was a small-town museum struggling to grow beyond their limited staff and facilities. A new community opportunity on the horizon spurred an interest in growing their member base, expanding their programming, and improving their fundraising productivity. Past campaigns had underperformed, and they were eager to understand why and to address weaknesses directly with a new campaign and different strategy. LAHS had an Executive Director, but no fundraising staff and a board that had not done a campaign before. In addition, there had been no successful ca...
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The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) was a small-town museum struggling to grow beyond their limited staff and facilities. A new community opportunity on the horizon spurred an interest in growing their member base, expanding their programming, and improving their fundraising productivity. Past campaigns had underperformed, and they were eager to understand why and to address weaknesses directly with a new campaign and different strategy. LAHS had an Executive Director, but no fundraising staff and a board that had not done a campaign before. In addition, there had been no successful campaigns in this community. Together, The Compass Group and LAHS executed a Planning Study to identify the right campaign strategy and created a campaign plan specifically for their circumstances. Compass provided the necessary structure, training and direction for this small but worthy organization to maximize on this opportunity and raise more money than the community had ever seen for a nonprofit. The campaign provided invaluable education for the board and staff to develop a culture of philanthropy as well as skills to further the goals of the organization. Compass adapted campaign management service to the unique needs of LAHS. Last year, LAHS had their most successful end of year campaign to date. They have established a healthy and growing membership base and honed their story to inspire and engage new supporters.
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"Our new ability to fundraise has transformed the organization. Compass showed us how to turn generosity into philanthropy - it was a huge culture change."

Heather McClenahan

Executive Director

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