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  • What Makes a Great Non Profit Secretary

  • How to Tell Your Financial Story

  • Goals & Objectives of an Executive Director

  • 5 C's of Non Profit Communication

  • CEO Interviewee Questions

  • Guide to Board Reporting

  • Summer Things to Do for Fall Fundraising

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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A boardroom can be an intimidating setting. For it to be less so, each person involved in an NFP’s management and its board should understand the intricacies of their given role. In this article we’ll explore one important, but often misunderstood, position: that of the Company Secretary (CoSec) — AKA, the Chief Governance Officer.

Because they’re privy to confidential information and have access to its most senior executives, a CoSec has a bird’s eye view of an organization. They’re the sole liaison between management and board members. Yet, their significance can be underestimated. To learn more... Click Here.


Your organization’s financial story needs to be communicated in an impactful way that accurately and effectively showcases your data and precisely tells your organization’s narrative.


The days of just sitting behind a desk and crunching numbers are behind you. Leading nonprofits rely on technology to capture financial data and automate operations, leaving more time for leaders to tell the story behind the numbers to drive better decision-making.


To download this Best Practices document…. Click Here.


By: Danielle Smyth


Goals and objectives have to cover all the areas the executive director is responsible for, not just operations or the bottom line. Goals should include specific projects and programs that are key to success; targets for communication of information both internally and externally; strategic development and investment back into the company; systems, IT and communications upgrades; ensuring legal compliance throughout the organization; and additional concerns depending on the specific company or nonprofit.

To learn more on this subject.......... Click Here.


Resources & How-To's


Policy & Procedure Library 

Complete list of documents

Guide - How to Write Meeting Minutes

All Volunteer Organization?

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"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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It’s demoralizing the first days of your new job as a nonprofit leader, especially if the interview process leads you to believe everything is great.


You can avoid unpleasant surprises by exploring critical topics during your interviews. These twelve questions will help you see what’s in the pond before you jump, determine if it’s safe to jump, and begin candid interview conversations.

To access these 12 critical questions.... Click Here.


based on a webinar with Arnold Wong

It’s fair to say that many people don’t relish compiling reports for the board. It’s also fair to say that this formality is a critical part of your involvement as a director. Your board needs to know what’s happening with your organization in order to do its job effectively. And you need to know how to collect, organize, secure and share the appropriate data to facilitate that. How do we ensure that the right (accurate) information gets to the right person, for the right reason, at the right time to make the right decisions?

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. To learn more on this subject.... Click Here.


By Ann Green


What is your intention? What message are you sending to your donors? Are you asking for a donation, thanking them, or sharing an update?


Whatever it is, make sure your message is clear. If you have a call to action, that needs to be clear as well. You also want to stick to one call to action. If you ask your donors to make a donation, volunteer, and contact their legislators in the same message, you run the risk of them not doing any of those.


You want your message to produce results.  To read more on this topic....... Click Here.


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By Amy Eisenstein


Summer tends to be a slower time for fundraisers. Many donors and staff are away on vacation.

However, fall fundraising will be here before you know it. That’s why it’s a good idea to take advantage of quiet time in the office to prepare for the mad dash to year end.


With that in mind, here are six things you can do RIGHT NOW to help you prepare for fall fundraising so you absolutely crush it when autumn arrives. To read more on this subject........... Click Here.