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Bacon Lee raises more than $100 million for charities
Bacon Lee & Associates

October, 2010

Nonprofit consulting firm Bacon Lee & Associates will celebrate both its 10-year anniversary this fall and the surpassing of a milestone: helping nonprofits raise more than $100 million for causes in San Antonio, Austin and the Texas Hill Country. 

“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done helping our clients achieve their goals.  We’ve helped them raise the essential funds to provide food and shelter for needy families, supply haven for animals, build libraries, create new arts and cultural experiences, provide scholarships for worthy students, and cure diseases,” said Marion Lee, one of the founders of the firm.  “That’s immensely rewarding work.”

Bacon Lee is one of the region’s largest nonprofit consulting firms, and offers expertise in capital campaigns, annual campaigns, major giving, strategic planning, board training, development assessments, database support, and job searches for nonprofit executive directors and development office staff positions.                                                                                     

Michael A. Bacon and Marion Therese Lee founded Bacon Lee in November 2000 to address a major need: helping nonprofit organizations, especially the one-person development shop, to achieve demonstrated success.  They came together after having enjoyed careers in small and large development offices, in successful nonprofit management, and in grant making as well as fundraising.  Their successful partnership has grown to include a team of 11 associates in San Antonio and Austin. 

Bacon says that throughout the 10 years, “Bacon Lee’s philosophy of “your mission matters most” drives everything that we do, from time spent listening, learning and understanding an organization, to tailoring the best possible team to work with our clients, to the services that we provide to meet their specific needs.”  

Today’s economic downturn, he says, has forced nonprofit organizations to work “smarter, not harder.  That means being very focused on their message, building strong, committed boards, and differentiating themselves from all of the other causes in the community and beyond.”

Lee concurs, “We’re advising clients today to be very attentive to the ways they are different from other groups and why they are worthy of donor investment.”

Bacon Lee will initiate a contest offering three hours of consulting services to clients in San Antonio and in Austin during special10-year anniversary events in both cities.  Current and former clients of the firm may submit a one-page essay on “My Nonprofit Rocks!” to compete in the contest.

Bacon Lee’s clients include educational, faith-based, human service, arts and culture, and environment/animal service organizations throughout Texas, including San Antonio, Austin, the Hill Country and the Rio Grande Valley.  In addition, Bacon Lee assists philanthropic foundations and individuals in making decisions about their charitable giving.  “We can help donors ascertain if their gifts are being used appropriately and in the ways they have designated,” explained Lee.

Client Rachel A. Gonzales-Hanson of Community Healthy Development, Inc. of Uvalde, said,  “Our agency has been working with Bacon Lee and Associates for almost two years.  Throughout this time, they have consistently demonstrated their expertise, professionalism, and passion for what they do.  And, just as important, they deliver."

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