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Ellen Bristol
How Do I Know I've Been Successful This Year?

How DO You Know You've Been Successful This Year? PS: Board Member Opinions..

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Another Productivity Secret: Do NOTHING

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

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Secrets to Overcoming the "Overhead Myth"

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

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The Secret to Retaining Donors

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

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Fundraising Effectiveness: Activity vs Productivity

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

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Events  for Small Shops: What Happens AFTER  Counts MORE

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

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Are Donor Retention and Staff Turnover Rates Related?

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

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Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness: What BoardSource Overlooked

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

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Fundraising Effectiveness: Are Your Donors Worth the Effort?

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

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3 Tips for Driving Donor Engagement Through Your Web Design

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

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What Fundraising Can (and Should) Learn from Sales

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

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Have a Happy, Stress-Free Holiday

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

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