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Insights, Tips, & Research For Achieving Fundraising With A Lasting Impact.
Ellen Bristol
Another Productivity Secret: Do NOTHING

I just got back from a two-week vacation, where I did nothing.  Well, I..

Ellen Bristol
Secrets to Overcoming the "Overhead Myth"

The "overhead myth" still haunts us. That's the myth that says your..

Ellen Bristol
The Secret to Retaining Donors

Want to double your income from philanthropy?  Just retain your donors.  

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising Effectiveness: Activity vs Productivity

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and..

Ellen Bristol
Events  for Small Shops: What Happens AFTER  Counts MORE

A recent Facebook post asked "who has cool ideas for a new fundraising..

Ellen Bristol
Are Donor Retention and Staff Turnover Rates Related?

We've been hearing a lot about turnover in the development shop. Latest..

Ellen Bristol
Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness: What BoardSource Overlooked

I'm always writing about fundraising effectiveness, and thought maybe it..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising Effectiveness: Are Your Donors Worth the Effort?

Fundraising is hard enough, so it's easy to fall back on the idea that any..

Ellen Bristol
3 Tips for Driving Donor Engagement Through Your Web Design

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of articles out there about forming..

Ellen Bristol
What Fundraising Can (and Should) Learn from Sales

The terms “sales” and "selling" make a lot of nonprofit people nervous,..

Ellen Bristol
Have a Happy, Stress-Free Holiday

Fundraising professionals, are you burned out from too many holiday..

Ellen Bristol
Management Secrets for Super-Power Fundraising

This is the first in a series of blogs about things YOU can do to make it..

Ellen Bristol
 Are Your Donors GOOD ENOUGH For You?

Tired of donor prospects who promise much but deliver little?  Wasting time..

Ellen Bristol
3 Ways Prospect Research Boosts Fundraising Productivity

As all good fundraising managers know, raising money requires heavy-duty..

Ellen Bristol
4 Missing Management Tools That Derail Your Fundraising Success - Part 4 of the Revolutionizing Fundraising Series

 

This is the fourth in our series on fundraising management. Last time we..

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

This is the third article in our series on fundraising management. This..

Ellen Bristol
Ellen Bristol
Revolutionizing Fundraising - Part One "Great Managers Do Nothing"

This is the first in a series of posts on the question of fundraising..

Ellen Bristol
What's the Deal with Development Audits?
Why conduct a development audit? What is it anyway?

Development audits are..

Ellen Bristol
Have a Great Year-End - Without Spoiling 2017 Fundraising

Yahoo, it's the end of the year! Let's all go bananas with our year-end..

Ellen Bristol
Seven Strategies to Pinpoint High-Quality Donors

SEVEN STRATEGIES TO PINPOINT HIGH-QUALITY DONORS

Though virtually all donors..

Ellen Bristol
Why Social Media is a Game Changer for Nonprofits in 2016

What's the biggest secret weapon to give you fantastic fundraising results?..

Ellen Bristol
Pipeline Is NOT Equal to Forecast. Explain

Does your forecasting feel like this? If so maybe we need to rethink things...

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising and My Cousin Judy

How My Cousin Judy Taught Me About Fundraising - and Never Knew She Did

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Ellen Bristol
Fundraising the SMART Way: Hard Data about Fundraising Productivity

Hard Dara about Fundraising Productivity

Our Leaky Bucket Assessmen, open..
Ellen Bristol
Who's In Charge of Fundraising?

Hey, fundraising professionals - who's your boss?  I'm pretty sure I can..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising: Who Are You Raising Money for, Exactly?

When it comes to fundraising,who are we raising the money for, exactly? I..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising and the Tin-Cup Mentality

This posting is about the tin-cup mentality, and my strong desire to get..

Ellen Bristol
Why We Need a Fundraising Revolution

The data are in: nonprofits need better fundraising performance. AFP's..

Ellen Bristol
This Woman is Off Her Fundraising Rocker!

Recently the wonderful people at 4Good.org invited me to do a webinar ..

Ellen Bristol
Take the Uncertainty Out of Fundraising

What's the bigger challenge to fundraising: complexity or uncertainty? Both..

Ellen Bristol
Tips for Stress-Free Fundraising for the Holidays

Fundraisers, has the holiday season got you down? Have you gone to too many..

Ellen Bristol
To Find Donors, Stop Looking

Have you ever asked yourself "where can I find donors?" Many nonprofit..

Ellen Bristol
The Infamous Board Give-or-Get Policy

Sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake.  Even though my website has..

Ellen Bristol
Our Next Nonprofit Entrepreneurs Are In Jail

Happy graduation day to the Fall 2012 program of LEAP for Ladies, also..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising and the Mud-Pie Factory

Everything I ever wanted to know about fundraising, I learned in my mud-pie..

Ellen Bristol
The Leaky Bucket: Fundraising in China

We knew our Leaky Bucket Assessment for Effective Fundraising was popular. ..

Ellen Bristol
Getting Fundraising Right: Part 2

If you want to get fundraising right and not backwards, then the first step..

Ellen Bristol
Getting Fundraising Right - and Not Backwards
“Cut it near the end,” says Owl.

“Which end?” says Pooh, “the beginning..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising War Stories: Pursuing the "Usual Suspects"

I'm sure you'll agree with me.  Fundraising is everybody's job.  The board..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising War Stories: Nonprofit Strategic Planning for Dummies?

What a fantastic opportunity to improve the client's fundraising plan! We..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising the SMART Way: Using Social Media Right, Part 3

This is the last in our series of three posts on how nonprofit..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising the SMART Way: Using Social Media Right, Part 2

This is the second in our series of three posts on how nonprofit..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising the SMART Way: Using Social Media Right, Part 1

I usually focus on how nonprofits can manage and improve their fundraising..

Ellen Bristol
"Watertight": A Fundraising Success Story

We've been running our Leaky Bucket Assessment of Fundraising Effectiveness..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising War Stories: Three Lessons on Choosing Prospects

"You've got to help us out," they said, "we really need you!"  And so, with..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising for People Who Don't Fundraise: Call for Scenarios!

Quick, boys and girls!! What's the least understood function in the..

Ellen Bristol
Nonprofit Fundraising: Donors Are Your Investors

Let’s talk about entrepreneurship for a minute.  Nonprofits are a lot like..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising Metrics: More Power To Your Development Team!

There's often a lot of talk about metrics in the fundraising world.  Yet,..

Ellen Bristol
Who's In Charge of Fundraising, You or the Donor?

When you're fundraising, are you in charge or is your prospect?  It might..

Ellen Bristol
Jumpstart Your Fundraising in 2012!

Quick, the fundraising year's half over!  Well, not really, but before..

Ellen Bristol
Fundraising: Art vs. Science

I just had a great conversation with two people who, like me, have been..

Ellen Bristol
Where's Your Case Statement?

Hey, do you know where you put your Case Statement?  Maybe you call it your..

Ellen Bristol
Nonprofit Funding: The Leaky Bucket Survey Keynote at FDMA Aug. 18

Where does your fundraising spring a leak?  You might be surprised to..

Ellen Bristol
Nonprofit Fundraising: Your Bucket is LEAKING!

We began our Leaky Bucket Assessment for Effective Fundraising in May of..

Ellen Bristol
Focus Expert Briefing: Sales Process - Yea or Nay

"Does your sales department really need a sales process?"  When I saw that..

Ellen Bristol
How Effective Is Your Fundraising? Take the Leaky Bucket Survey.

Productivity, efficiency and effectiveness tend to "leak" out of..

Ellen Bristol
Why Your Pipeline Should Speak "Donor."

Your fundraising pipeline, that useful calendar of prospective grants and gifts..

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Fund Development Needs Strong Leadership

If there is ever a time for your organization's  leadership to rethink ..

Admin Admin
Is your fund development plan sustainable?

Does your nonprofit have a fund development process? Is that process..

Eros Canabrava
THE BOARD’S ROLE IN FUNDRAISING PART 3
 Tip #7:  Encourage them to leverage their contacts.  Board members know..
Eros Canabrava
THE BOARD’S ROLE IN FUNDRAISING PART 2

Tip #4:  Profile the types of donors you’d like to attract.  Describe your..

Eros Canabrava
THE BOARD’S ROLE IN FUNDRAISING PART 1
“Should my board help me raise funds?”  The obvious answer is yes, of..
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