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  • Essential Tools & Technology for Fundraisers

  • Impact Fundraising Jobs for Board Members

  • Increase Chances of Implementing Strategic Plan

  • Employee Took Confidential Information

  • What's it really like to be an Executive Director

  • Write an Appeal Letter That Brings In Money

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.

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)

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

     20 Mistakes
Fundraising Readiness Checklist
     Get Checklist

     Staging  Special Events (PDF)

     Step by Step Guide (PDF)

     Organizing you office (PDF)

  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)


    Basics of Email Marketing (PDF)

    Promoting your Program (PDF)

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

    Informing the Publilc (PDF)
Outcome Measurement
     Demistifying (PDF)
     Leadership for Board Members (PDF)
Systems Checklist
     Get Checklist (MS Word)
Board Manual
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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How to write an appeal letter that will open our donors’ hearts and prompt them to make generous gifts?

So many nonprofits struggle with this challenge. And unfortunately, many efforts to write appeal letters end up falling flat with donors.

Appeal letters are the backbone of your annual fundraising campaigns that your nonprofit absolutely relies on.

Many annual giving programs include direct mail integrated with social media and digital appeals to create a true campaign. These tips focus mostly on the direct mail solicitation package, but they also apply directly to digital appeals as well.

To continue reading about this subject............ Click Here.


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by Joan Garry

Ever wonder what life is really like for nonprofit executive directors? In this blog post, I invite you to explore the world of nonprofit executive directors from their point of view.

One of my favorite assignments to give my undergrad students back when I was teaching Nonprofit Communications at the Annenberg School at the University of Penn was called “You Are An Alien.”

The instructions? Read a hard copy of The New York Times cover to cover through the lens of an alien, and tell me what you learned about women (as an alien).

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


by Gail Perry,


How do we harness our board members' passion for the cause and channel it into productive fundraising activities?


Here are practical, easy ways your board members can open the door, connect their friends to your organization, expand your organization's social networks, and help you find new friends and donors—without having to solicit.

Your board members need to be roaring advocates for your organization; they need to talk about it wherever they go. They should be all over their friends, telling them why it matters and urging them to get involved.  To read the complete article......... Click Here.


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How do we increase our chances of implementing our strategic plan?



Organizations and their leadership are often reluctant to commit time and resources to a planning process because of the fear of the plan "ending up on the shelf." This article addresses a key question regarding the strategic plan: What can I do to ensure the plan does not end up on the shelf?

There are three areas that must be addressed to ensure that the planning process and resulting strategic plan are valuable and useful for the organization.  Click Here to read more.


by Mike Bishop

Dear Rita,

We’re in a disturbing situation that we never had to deal with before.

Our agency generates a considerable amount of intellectual property and computer data that we designate as proprietary and confidential.

Recently, it became necessary to look at an employee’s work email to get some information on a case they were handling while they were on PTO. That’s when we learned for the first time that this employee has opened their own nonprofit to provide the same services that our agency provides.

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


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By Amy Eisenstein


In the 21st Century, there’s no getting around the essential nature of technology. When it comes to using the latest technology, where do you and your nonprofit fit?

Nonprofit leaders are likely among the late majority when it comes to adopting new technology, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. It likely stems from small budgets, but not investing in time saving technology can be penny-wise but pound-foolish. To read more about this issue........ Click Here.


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