Bristol Organizations

An Organization Made Up Of Organizations



  1. Bristol Organizations Meeting
  2. CEO/Board Chair Partnership
  3. Your Nonprofit on Life Support?
  4. Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit
  5. Executive Disorder
  6. Overlookded Part of Grantwriting
  7. Worthy Nonprofit Videos


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

Organization Overview

This month we will hear from two organizations that benefit our organizations and our constituents.

Karen Boyd - Director - Family Justice Center

The Family Justice Center completely changes what a domestic violence or sex crime victim has to go through when they want to report a crime or get help. Victims of domestic violence or a sex crime could come here and access law enforcement. We connect them with advocacy, help them get the intake done to get placed in a shelter if that's what they want to do.


Jennifer Long - Program Coordinator - SCSEP

Today, many older Americans are looking for employment to help make ends meet. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the only federal program targeted to help older workers. Each year, thousands of low-income seniors earn and learn while working in local programs serving their community. The program promotes healthy aging and offering employment opportunities for low-income older Americans while providing staff to local programs and agencies serving communities.

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Where: Food City, Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA location, (2nd floor)

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 if  you eat.... Free if not

RSVP to  Gary McGeough at email: .


By Joan Garry

In an earlier post, I asserted that the best sign of a healthy nonprofit is a healthy partnership between the Board Chair and the CEO. I wrote:


“Shared leadership with an invested thought partner with leadership skills can cut so many challenges off at the pass and propel your organization toward the fulfillment of your mission more quickly, more clearly, and more strategically.”


What’s the Single Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit? To read more..... 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

Is Your Nonprofit on Life Support?

A Financial Check-up for the Social Sector

Suzanne Smith, CEO and Founder

Social Impact Architects

Every day society asks more of nonprofits, but they are often constrained by their existing resources. Society asks them to be “sustainable” but stops short of defining sustainability or giving CEOs and boards the tools to decipher where they are and how they compare to other organizations.  With that in mind, we have developed a comprehensive tool for staff (e.g., CFOs, CEOs) and board members (e.g., finance chairs) to diagnose the health of their organization’s financial management. We encourage the board and management team to review the matrix and evaluate progress – as a financial check-up for its organization. Then, develop a list of priorities and an action plan for each area. 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

What is The Single Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit?

Joan Garry


So riddle me this batmen and women. Tell me the ONE thing that tells you a nonprofit is thriving. You can pick just one.


No fair you say? Well it’s MY blog so my rules. But let me help you get your creative juices flowing.


Let’s start with the wrong answers. It has nothing to do with: 

  • A strong mission
  • A cash reserve
  • The diversity of your revenue streams or meeting your annual revenue goals
  • Your staff turnover %
  • The size of your board
  • Yes, these things are really important, but the charge here is to pick ONE. And these aren’t it.
  • There is no one thing, you need different types of people with different skills, if you don’t have people who are certified on health and safety then send them to cscs card training course to get the proper training.

 OK, give up? Read on and I’ll give you the right answer..... Click Here


Coping With PTED- Post-Traumatic Executive Disorder

By Nonprofit HR, May 2018


After months of mediation, performance improvement plans, recalibration, blood, sweat and tears, the (seemingly) inevitable has occurred: your nonprofit organization’s toxic leader has resigned. Like something akin to a divorce, there are combined feelings of relief, abandonment, disappointment and uncertainty, and that’s just among the board of directors. But once the dust has settled, PTED –– Post-Traumatic Executive Disorder –– can set in, and it can ruin an organization.

To read more about this topic............ Click Here


The Most Overlooked Part of Grant Writing

Laura Rhodes, CFRE, CGW

Principal at Third Sector Consulting


Here’s a secret: there’s more to grant writing than just “writing.” A lot more. Successful grant writing always starts with thorough research, and it ends with a thoughtful review. This post focuses on research – the most overlooked part of grant writing. 

If you’re new to grant writing, you might not know how to start your research. And even if you have some experience, you might not know exactly what you’re looking for or what’s useful information.

Don’t worry. Here’s what you need to know to get started with your grant research.

To read more about this topic........... Click Here


5 Easy Tips for a Share-Worthy Nonprofit Video

By Michelle Arnold

Want to make a great video to share on your nonprofit’s social media channels? Here are five easy tips.

Video is the trend of the moment. If you're not creating nonprofit video content for your organization, you really should be. Creating video content doesn’t need to be overwhelming, and you don’t have to spend tons of marketing dollars to create cinematic, lengthy, elaborate videos. Great video content can be short and simple—and still draw awareness to your cause!  To read more on this subject.......... Click Here



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