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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

Seven Strategies to Pinpoint High-Quality Donors

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 02:08 PM


Though virtually all donors are valuable and vital to your organization, high-quality donors are those supporters who can make an extra impact on your cause. They are most likely to be “ideal” donors not only in the size of the gifts they make, but in terms of the degree of engagement, their match to your organizational values, and their sheer desire to be involved that they demonstrate to you. 

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Tags: fundraising practices, Pipeline management, donor prospects, donor profiles, donor search, donor research

Pipeline Is NOT Equal to Forecast. Explain

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

Does your forecasting feel like this? If so maybe we need to rethink things. One of the things I want to rethink is the difference between the pipeline and the forecast. 

The PIPELINE isn’t the same as the FORECAST. Even though we have almost always squished these two distinctive concepts into one, they're really not the same.  But there's an unquestioned assumption at work here.  

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Tags: pipeline, Sales, donors, Pipeline management, capacity building

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