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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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Why Traditional Moves Management is Hurting Your Fundraising Efforts - Part 2 of the Revolutionizing Fundraising Series

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:45 AM

What's missing in Moves Management? In most sales organizations, Moves Management would simply be called “Account Planning,” which is how big companies handle their major, national, or global accounts. 

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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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This Woman is Off Her Fundraising Rocker!

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Recently the wonderful people at 4Good.org invited me to do a webinar Fundraising the SMART Way: Why We Need a Fundraising Revolution, for about 300 attendees. One comment stood out above the rest: "I've been in fundraising for twenty years, but this woman is off her rocker!!!"

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Fundraising and the Mud-Pie Factory

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

Everything I ever wanted to know about fundraising, I learned in my mud-pie factory.  I learned it because I set up my mud-pie factory with a very orderly process, including ways to track results.  I never wanted to just mix up any old mud or call any old ball of dirt a "mud-pie."  I had higher standards than that.

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Getting Fundraising Right: Part 2

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Sep 04, 2012 @ 02:24 PM

If you want to get fundraising right and not backwards, then the first step toward doing so is to get the Five Components of Successful Fundraising clear in your mind.  Do this stuff before you start planning your next gala or sending out a bunch of (unqualified) grant applications.

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

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 01:27 PM

This is the last in our series of three posts on how nonprofit organizations can use Social Media Right, with thanks to Ken Okel.  In Part 2, Ken explores some of the effectives ways your use of Social Media helps to manage successful fundraising performance.

8.  Does Your Social Media Campaign Go to Disney World?

People go on vacation and they get sick. When this happens, does your social media output stop? Make sure there is a structure in place to ensure new content is created and distributed. 

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

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

This is the second in our series of three posts on how nonprofit organizations can use Social Media Right, with thanks to Ken Okel.  In Part 2, Ken explores some of the ways your nonprofit's strategic use of Social Media helps to manage successful fundraising performance.

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Fundraising Metrics: More Power To Your Development Team!

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

There's often a lot of talk about metrics in the fundraising world.  Yet, why is it that I work with so many nonprofit professionals who don't get metrics, don't use 'em much, choose metrics that are weak at guiding performance, or seem to fear using metrics at all? Maybe people think that the use of metrics will slow down their development efforts, or make it harder for the team to perform.  When metrics actually give power to the team - at least if you define them right! Repeat after me: the right fundraising metrics lead to the right fundraising results.

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Jumpstart Your Fundraising in 2012!

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Quick, the fundraising year's half over!  Well, not really, but before things get too crazy again for you professional fundraisers out there, think about adopting sustainable fund development practices.  If you do your fund developmet planning early, everything else falls into place.

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