Bristol Organizations

An Organization Made Up Of Organizations



  1. Open Their Rolodex
  2. Non Profit Dashboards
  3. Selecting Board Leadership
  4. Strategic Planning Questions
  5. Hoe to get Help
  6. Keys to Non Profit Turnaround


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

By Joan Garry


“Can you look through your contacts and identify folks you will talk to about our organization? We need names.” In a heartbeat, every one of your board members becomes a monk. Friendless loners who live under rocks. That’s not entirely fair. Some board members have like two friends.


Why does this happen? Type-A, successful people, interested in the wellbeing of others and willing to serve can’t identify 5 or 10 people who would be willing to have a conversation about people doing something good? What an amazing opportunity to avoid cable news! To read more........... Click Here


by Jonathan Poisner


The phrase “Nonprofit Dashboard” is not one I recall hearing in my first decade in the nonprofit sector (1994-2004). Then, about 10 years ago, I started to hear the phrase occasionally. Around 3-4 years ago, I started to hear the phrase nearly every week.ey

Dashboards aren’t a fad. Dashboards have emerged as a tool because most organizations today have far more data about their own performance than their counterparts two decades ago. In addition, tools for graphically displaying data have become commonplace, embedded within programs we already use like Excel. To read more about Dashboards..... 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

by Hardy Smith


The question is not meant to be funny, but the consistent reaction makes a distressing point. This haphazard selection method is all too familiar to nonprofits, associations, and other groups with volunteer leaders.

So, is volunteer leadership really a joke? Can an organization with such a casual approach — picking leaders without much forethought — really be serious about achieving its stated purpose?

Shouldn’t leadership selection be intentional instead of accidental? To read more on this subject............ 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

by Suzanne Smith

Through input gathered in conversations, social media and an online survey, we have seen a strong theme emerge – everyone is talking about strategic planning right now. Such discussions are not uncommon, when you reflect on what you have accomplished and plan what you want to do better in the following year. But, we think there is greater focus on strategic planning this year than in the past. We believe this increase is connected to some important shifts in the sector. Many nonprofits are using strategic planning as a tool to ensure their organization stays relevant and impacts the communities and clients they serve. To help you make the most of your strategic planning conversations, we collected your most pressing questions and quizzed our staff for their best answers. 

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


By Heidi Grant

We’re often reluctant to ask for help because of the social threats involved—uncertainty, risk of rejection, potential for diminished status, relinquishment of authority. But without support from others, it’s virtually impossible to advance in your career. And studies show that most people are surprisingly willing to lend a hand—if you ask in the right way.

The author provides three reinforcements that can be incorporated in requests: (1) In-group: Assure the potential helper that you are on the same team and that the team is important. (2) Positive identity: Create or enhance people’s recognition that they are uniquely placed to provide assistance and that they routinely come to others’ aid. (3) Effectiveness: Be clear about what you need and about what impact the help will have. To read more on this topic............ Click Here.


By Don Crocker,

Unfortunately, in the recent challenges posed by a difficult economic environment, many organizations find themselves in difficult, sometimes “crisis” situations where they need to decide a course of action designed to “turn around” the organization.

Many people ask, “What are the key elements needed to move the organization in a better, more sustainable, more practical direction?”  To read more in this topic.......... Click Here.



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