Bristol Organizations

An Organization Made Up Of Organizations



  1. Failing Non Profits
  2. Sustainable Donors
  3. Marketing Strategy
  4. Sizing Up Competition
  5. Roberts Rules Tips
  6. Bring Back the Joy


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 &


Policy & Procedure Library
Complete list of documents

All Volunteer Organizations
All Hands On Board (PDF)

A manual for All Volunteer Organizations

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

20 Mistakes
Fundraising Readiness Checklist
Get Checklist

This article talks about four strategies are given for those organizations in crisis, which are to stop staring at the dashboard and make sure program indicators are correct; be honest about impact not value and have strong measured program outcome metrics; consider partnerships or a merge scenario; and stop innovating and focus on keep pace.


If you are working for an organization that is circling the drain and heading for failure or even closure, consider reviewing lessons from other organizations that closed.  To read more........ Click Here.


By Claire Axelrad , J.D., CFRE and principal of


We talk a lot about the need to be “authentic.” Donors want authenticity and transparency. Most of all, donors want you to fulfill on your promises. Consistently. So they can trust you.


How important is this? It’s everything.


Trust is the foundation of all sustainable relationships. It’s fundamental.


You can look to research from marketing, neuroscience, psychology and even fundraising, and the results are all the same. Across industries, positive consumer-experience emotions—encompassed in a feeling of trust—are the biggest drivers of satisfaction and loyalty. To read more on this subject............. Click Here


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

Cart Before the Horse: Marketing Strategy vs. Tactics

by Suzanne Smith


As we go into Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, be ready to be moved. If early releases, such as Budweiser’s Stand by You commercial, are any indication, the game won’t be the only thing we are talking about on Monday. While our team is a big fan of proactive corporate social responsibility (see our related Forbes article), we also love companies that tie their brands directly to social good.


On the flip side, if history is any indicator, we will also see commercials that are so good the brand gets lost. You’ve seen these before – you walk away loving a clever commercial, but not knowing who or what it was for. Nor are you motivated to buy the product it was intended to promote. We call this “cart before the horse marketing.” It happens with huge companies that spend millions on marketing and advertising, and, unfortunately, it also happens with nonprofits, where marketing dollars are a luxury. 

To help sort out the issues, we have identified some common mistakes and offer some solutions....Click Here


Guides, Reports & Plans

120 Day Fundraising Plan

A year of funding ideas

Anatomy of a Successful Fundraiser

Audit 101- -Guide to Fundamentals

Guide to Peer to Peer Fundraising

Best Practices Checklist

Board Member Handbook

Boards Reviewing IRS 990 - Checklist

Communications Strategy Guide

Complete Donor Thank You Guide

Compliance Guide for Public Charities

Crisis Communications Plan

Donor Retention Handbook

Emergency Communications Checklist

Fiscal Policies and Proced. Template

Guide - Faith Based Fundraising

Guide to Annual Reports

Guide to Customer Service

Guide to Grow Online Support

Guide to Marketing Wisdom

Guide to Peer to Peer Fundraising

Guide to Pitching Corporate Sponsors

Guide to Special Events

How to Build Trust w/ Internal Controls

How to Hold Great Fundraising Events 

How to Plan a Fundraising Event

Internal Controls Checklists

Killer Third Party Events

Non Profit Compliance Checklist

Non Profit Strategic Planning Toolkit

Online Fundraising Assessment

Outcome Metrics: Measuring Matters

Performance Review Documents

Pocket Guide for Professional Development

Principles & Practices for Excellence

Social Media Guide for Non Profits

Storytelling Guide for Non Profits

Super Simple fundraising Plan Template

Fundraising Planning Toolkit/Templates

Volunteer Mgmt Guidebook

Your Best Marketing Plan Ever

Sizing Up Your Nonprofit Competition

By Otis Fulton and Katrina VanHuss



Some nonprofit executives fear that the nonprofit pie is a zero-sum game. They fear that there is a limited number of charitable dollars available and that they are in nonprofit competition with other organizations for their share of the pie. 

We tend not to ascribe to this philosophy; our view is that the dollars in the nonprofit universe isn’t fixed and is far from being tapped out. The competition often isn’t another nonprofit. It is that people sometimes do nothing. The key is to engage with donors and constituents in a meaningful way. 

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


Roberts Rules of Order Survival Tips


Robert's Rules of Order (or parliamentary procedure) is unfortunately a source of frustration for countless boards. This is not because there is a problem with Robert's Rules of Order, it is because board members typically receive little or no Robert's Rules training when they join or get elected to a board. This lack of training leads to confusion, frustration, wasted time and money.


But it does not need to be this way! Whether you use Robert's Rules of Order in your Homeowner's Association, Board of Directors, Volunteer Organization, City Council, Non-Profit, Church Council, Civic Organization, College or University Board or Greek Organization, learning and understanding Roberts Rules of Order can help! 

To download a simple guide……… Click Here.

For a training course on Roberts Rules of Order go to 


Are you experiencing fundraising fatigue right now?

Are you dreading yet another year filled with many opportunities—but also too much to do? Does your message sound—to you—like an endless loop of “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”? If so, my journey back to joy—albeit a bit differently shaped than before—may give you a map to adapt for your own needs. 

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



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