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   inTHISissue:

  • How to Implement Strategic Inquiry

  • Budgeting for Non Profit Organizations

  • Board Recruitment Mistakes to Avoid

  • Guide to Overcoming Writer's Block

  • Routinely Update Employee's Handbook

  • Thoughtful Planning & Successful Fundraising

  • Forming Effective Volunteer Committees

Mission Statement 
 

The goal of Bristol Organizations is to provide service and non-profit Organizations in the NE Tennessee and SW Virginia, the best possible avenue for mutual communication and the greatest exposure to the community.

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Resources & How-To's

 

Policy & Procedure Library 

Complete list of documents


Guide - How to Write Meeting Minutes

All Volunteer Organization?

Read This:
"All Hands On Board" (PDF)

Brochures
     Distilling you message (PDF)
Communications
     Getting the word out (PDF)
Strategic Planning 
     Effective Strategic Planning (PDF)

Fundraising
     20 Mistakes
Fundraising Readiness Checklist
     Get Checklist

Fundraising
     Staging  Special Events (PDF)

Fundraising
     Step by Step Guide (PDF)

Fundraising
     Organizing you office (PDF)

Fundraising
  Part 1- Getting Ready  (MSWord)
  Part 2- Identifying Prospects  (MSWord)
  Part 3- Cultivation  (MSWord)
  Part 4- Solicitation  (MSWord)
  Part 5- The Ask  (MSWord)
  Part 6- Preparing Proposal  (MSWord)
  Part 7- Stewardship  (MSWord)

 

Email
    Basics of Email Marketing (PDF)

Marketing
    Promoting your Program (PDF)

Risk Management
    Surviving a Crisis
    Lawsuits - Need to Know
    Collaboration Risks
    Volunteers - Balancing Risk

Newsletters
    Informing the Publilc (PDF)
Outcome Measurement
     Demistifying (PDF)
Board
     Leadership for Board Members (PDF)
Systems Checklist
     Get Checklist (MS Word)
Board Manual
     Checklist
Audit Services
      List of Audit Firms (MSWord)
Good Practices Guide
      Non Profit Good Practices
Board Recruiting Matrix
      Sample Board Matrix (MS Word)
Free Downloads
      Kim Konando Downloads (web)
      More Free Software
Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Implications
      Implications for Non Profits (MS Word)
Get Corporate Sponsorships
      How can my small charity get sponsorships (MS Word)
Samples and Templates
      Various sample letters, templates, etc. (MS Word)
Specialized  Organnization/Board Workshops
      Workshop Listing and Description

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By Stephen King

 

Effective budgeting is essential for nonprofit organizations to achieve their goals.

The thing is, the purpose of a budget isn’t for it to be right. The purpose of budgeting for nonprofit organizations is for it to reflect your realistic financial goals and plans for the upcoming year. The purpose of a nonprofit budget is to provide your organization with a roadmap that will help you plan, make decisions, and adjust the plan when things don’t go exactly as expected so that you can stay on track as the year unfolds. To read this entire article.........Click Here.

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by Gail Rothman

 

Nonprofits are endowed with a deep desire to fix problems they see in society. However, the fixation on problem-solving can limit impact and be part of the problem. Strategic inquiry and planning can be seen as a luxury by nonprofits and the leaders who run them. But this misses the value of deep thinking to enable nonprofits to pivot away from problems and toward possibilities. Using the example of an educational nonprofit, this article presents five steps nonprofits can take to implement strategic inquiry including building board support, listening to community, research, broadening networks, and sharing the journey.

To read more about this subject............. Click Here.

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by Karen Eber Davis

Inviting people to lead your #nonprofitboard is filled with promises and risks. You can maximize the odds of reaching your high board aspirations by avoiding these common mistakes.
 

We know relationships take time, yet we recruit at the last minute. The mistake here is waiting until your deadline for finding board members is less than 60 days, which allows for too little vetting. Unknowns increase risks. Practice ongoing board recruitment for peace of mind. After all, you may need a new board member at any time. To read more on this topic........... Click Here.

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By Amy Eisenstein

As a fundraiser, you’re expected to do a lot of writing. Annual appeals, grant applications, thank you letters, emails, donor stories, newsletters, annual reports. The list goes on and on. In fact, you may spend a large chunk of every workday writing.

 

And regardless of whether you enjoy writing or believe yourself to be a good writer, writing can sometimes be a drag. It can also feel redundant if you find yourself telling the same story over and over.

Here we explain 6 tips to overcome writer's block as a fundraiser

The challenge for you as a fundraiser is to constantly come up with new and interesting ways to share the story of your organization. With that in mind, here are some ways to overcome writers block for fundraisers. To continue reading this article..........Click Here.

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By: Suana Watson, MS, SHRM-CP - swatson@nonprofithr.com

Your organization’s handbook is a new employee’s introduction to your organization and an essential communications tool representative of how your organization operates. It demonstrates what is expected of employees and leadership’s commitment to them. It reminds employees of their benefits, rights and obligations, as well. Not only does it serve the purposes mentioned above, but it can also be your organization’s best defense in legal court proceedings between employees and employers.

 

This article talks about the importance of ensuring that your handbook is up to date and compliant with federal, state and local laws. To continue reading this critical article.........Click Here.

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Contributed By Gayle L. Gifford, ACFRE

 

I frequently encounter organizations that are having a difficult time raising money (no surprise to those of us in the nonprofit world); and, when we begin exploring the reasons for the difficulty, it’s not long before I discover that these organizations don’t have any clear plan for the future.

Pretend I’m a potential donor; and, when I ask, “What do you need the money for?,” what will be your answer? Can you only tell me about the upcoming crisis, how hard it is to pay the rent each month, how your staff works for peanuts, how difficult it is to get grants, and on and on?

To continue reading this article............Click Here.

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 Contributed By Debbie Anderson

 

For many volunteers, especially the ones with the most experience and dedication, past experience with committees have not been positive or productive experiences. I suppose that’s why so many organizations have opted to use the term “team” over committee. But really, it’s the same clown in a different costume.

 

That said, we still need committees to do important work for our organizations. We all know that three heads are better than one, and when we need to think creatively, or tap many people for resources, a group is more likely to achieve success than individuals.  To read more on this topic...........Click Here.

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