Bristol Organizations

An Organization Made Up Of Organizations


  1. Ways the Board can Help CEO
  2. How to Handle Criticism
  3. Top Strategic Plan Questions
  4. From Planning to Action
  5. Handle a CEO Dismissal
  6. Email Templates for Communication Plan


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 Bill Hoffman

Board members have a lot of responsibility to the organization they represent, to the community for which they are stewards of the nonprofit’s resources, and also to the organization’s CEO. The CEO’s success is tied closely to the support he or she receives from the board. How can individual board members support their CEO’s success? 

To learn about the six ways we’ve found that have the greatest impact.... Click Here.


By Joan Garry


We live in a strange new world. Not a particularly kind and generous one if you ask me. Our world is polarized as never before and civility in dealing with those with whom you disagree seems to have been erased from our society’s hard drive.


And I am so not talking only about politics. I see it with nonprofit organizations galore. The negativity comes from both inside the organization (a staff upset with a change in health benefits) and externally (community members who feel voiceless in some kind of directional change.)

To read more on this issue.............. 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 Suzanne SmithSocial Impact ArchitectsStrategic Planning


With a new year almost upon us, we are getting lots of calls on strategic planning. We often say that the point of a strategic plan isn’t to create a piece of paper; it is about creating momentum for your organization. So, we believe this increase in interest is very much 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 about Strategic Planning........... Click Here


Guides, Reports & Plans

Action Plans Help You Get Things Done After Your Strategic Plan

by Suzanne Smith

One of my favorite sayings is a Japanese proverb – “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” As we approach Halloween, many think about being scared by vampires and ghosts. These days I’m scared by meetings without agendas and action without planning. It is the very definition of being caught in the proverbial hamster wheel.

If impact is the bottom line of the social sector, we have to get from vision to action and hold ourselves accountable to the results.

To read more on taking a Plan to Action............ Click Here




Firing the CEO can be one of the most difficult decisions a board can make – it will also be among the most critical. However, many boards, including those of non-profit organizations, will resist bringing up the need to fire their CEOs, while other boards will be far too quick to fire their chief executives.


There are many reasons a board may be slow to act when it comes to CEO dismissal. To learn more ........... Click Here



When you only contact supporters during your major campaigns, you miss out on opportunities to cultivate them and deepen their connections to your cause. Strengthen your donor relationships by sending consistent, personalized, and most importantly, varied email communications all year long, even if these messages don’t all include a hard ask.


To inform your annual email communications plan, we’ve created nine email templates for key moments when you should reach out to donors. Think of these stewardship emails as their own campaign since it requires you to plan ahead and outline each touch point throughout the year.

By engaging your supporters all year-round, your organization can improve donor retention long term. And remember, it costs up to five times as much to acquire a new donor than it does to retain one.


Use these sample emails to create messages that will engage and delight donors in every season and foster lasting relationships. To access the Email Templates for Your Non Profit’s Annual Communication Plan …………… Click Here



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