Bristol Organizations

An Organization Made Up Of Organizations



  1. Board Development Workshop
  2. Password Policy Template
  3. Are You There Yet?
  4. Improve Your Ask
  5. Rules for Networking
  6. Employee's Blog
  7. Social Media Legal Issues


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

Effective board governance is critical to ensuring that a non profit organizations delivers on its mission, manages it resources effectively, and maintains it reputation. This workshop will provide board members, and non profit staff/volunteers, with tools to help them become more effective, more engaged, understand increasing complexities of operations, and better interpret the commitment of supporting and serving a non profit organization and the community. For flyer... .Click Here.

Please invite your board members, staff and volunteers to attend this FREE workshop. The short version of the presentation was very well received by those that attended our Bristol Organizations meeting and the expanded version will cover all the important topics and issues facing boards, relationships and operations. Please RSVP to Gary McGeough at Email: or Phone: 423-646-4982


By Sam Narisi

IT departments often struggle with getting users to choose secure passwords and keep them safe. For help, here’s a password policy template companies can use to create their own written rules. 

Getting users to follow password policies is difficult. We don’t just mean the rules about password complexity — for example, that each password must contain at least one capital letter, number and special character. To read more on this topic.......... 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 Sarah S. Brophy


It's a threshold moment: when you cross that line from being a good organization to a fundable one. It may happen when you aren't looking, or you may feel it one day as a number of successes coincide: you move from only asking friends and family for gifts to approaching other institutions -- foundations.

Whether or not you are really "there," though, is something too few institutions have thoughtfully considered. To learn more........... Click Here.


Guides, Reports & Plans

by .Jules Brown

One of the things I love about all those old-guard admen in the TV series Mad Men is the unabashed honesty they show when it comes to what they do for a living.

They don't (as so many of today’s advertising types do) try dressing it up in fancy terms like ‘building brand personalities’ or ‘shifting market paradigms’.

No, instead they openly admit they're in the business of "selling." Of course, in the non-profit world, we don’t sell . . . we ask. 

But how well are most non-profits doing this? Especially the smaller ones.

It should really go without saying that the primary goal of any fundraising direct mail appeal is to obtain a donation. 

Sadly however, a great many appeals I see either fail to make the most of every opportunity to ask for a gift, or actively stand in the way of doing so.  

To read more............ Click Here.


By Kelly Eggers

You know the type. The people with obnoxious laughs, pushy pitches, and the ability to corner you at industry conferences and talk about themselves continuously for what seems like hours? The ones who clearly mean well, but their lack of etiquette can make you wish you hadn't even gone?

Here's a friendly suggestion: Don't be that person.

Networking is a critical part of any job hunt, yet it's probably the easiest thing to get wrong. Using living, breathing connections works better than blindly sending out resumes over the Internet, but for many, approaching people they don't know for help finding or getting a job is uncomfortable and nerve wracking.

Knowing a few etiquette guidelines can help you keep your conduct aboveboard, and perhaps ease a few fears about putting yourself in front of the well-connected.  To read more........... Click Here.


Dear Rita

An employee googled our nonprofit's name and came across a coworker's blog. The blog contains some outrageous material, including some unflattering comments about working at our organization. What can our nonprofit do?  To read more on this subject........ Click Here.


By Megan C. Spratt


There is no denying that social media’s importance to organizations, including nonprofit organizations and associations, is growing exponentially.  Blogs, Listservs,, and social networks like Twitter and Facebook offer nonprofits a range of benefits, enabling them to market themselves in new ways, disseminate their messages and missions, educate users, connect with other nonprofits, recruit volunteers, solicit donations, and increase audience interaction.  These benefits, however, come with certain risks. 

In this two-part article, we touch upon some of the common legal issues associated with nonprofit organizations’ and associations’ use of social media and provide guidance on how to avoid them.

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



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