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 Are Your Donors GOOD ENOUGH For You?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

Tired of donor prospects who promise much but deliver little?  Wasting time on donors who can't seem to make up their minds?  No surprise. Raising major gifts (or major anythings) is hard work. Plus it's even tougher when your "prospects" turn out to be DOA - dead on arrival. They don't really have the money. They don't really love your mission. Or they just don't like you, personally. Sigh.

 

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Tags: tin cup, Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy Group, ideal donor profiles, donor profiles, DonorSearch, improve fundraising results

Three Major Duties of Great Fundraising Management - Part 3 in Our Series

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 08:45 AM

This is the third article in our series on fundraising management. This time, we’ll discuss how good management practices remove obstacles to success. This is one of the three majorduties of management. And by the way, we’ll reveal (gasp!) the difference between management and “managers.”

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Tags: fund development process, Leaky Bucket, fund development plan, Bristol Strategy Group, Fundraising the SMART Way, sales management, Pipeline management, capacity building, Nonprofit management, donor management, Moves Management,, fundraisng management, Charity Development, charity management

Revolutionizing Fundraising - Part One "Great Managers Do Nothing"

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Oct 03, 2017 @ 03:10 PM

This is the first in a series of posts on the question of fundraising management, an issue I believe will revolutionize fundraising as we know it; as long as we understand and adopt the concept.

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Tags: effective fundraising, fund development process, Bristol Strategy Group, Fundraising the SMART Way, Pipeline management, nonprofit culture, non-profit development, Nonprofit management, nonprofit leadership, nonprofit mindset, fundraising tools, Nonprofit fundraising

Take the Uncertainty Out of Fundraising

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

What's the bigger challenge to fundraising: complexity or uncertainty? Both plague most development shops. Development officers encounter complexity every day. They juggle a zillion prospects, campaigns, events, sponsorships, and reporting tasks, so maybe it's all that complexity that's the bigger problem. On the other hand, uncertainty is also a constant threat, from the development officer's concerns about whether or not Mrs. Richperson's major gift is or isn't ever going to come to fruition, all the way to the board's lack of certainty about the accuracy or timeliness of reporting. And the potential face-ripping that might be encountered by the CEO if the forecast isn't actually met. Ouch.

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Tags: effective fundraising, manage fundraising performance, Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy Group, fundraising productivity

Fundraising and the Russian Revolution

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

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Tags: fundraising, Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy Group, Fundraising the SMART Way, sustainable fundraising

To Find Donors, Stop Looking

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Have you ever asked yourself "where can I find donors?" Many nonprofit executives tell me they don’t know how to “find” donors. The "finding" problem keeps them awake at night. They worry about it, their boards worry about it, their staff worries about it. Eventually, all that worrying can produce desperation moves such as foregoing the executive director's salary or health benefits, sending out un-researched grant applications in bulk, or throwing yet another event.

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Tags: fundraising, fundraisers, fund development plan, Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy Group, performance metrics, inbound marketing for nonprofits

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