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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.”


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. 


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.


Have a Great Year-End - Without Spoiling 2017 Fundraising

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 09:28 AM

Yahoo, it's the end of the year! Let's all go bananas with our year-end campaigns!!!! Why not? You do it every year, right? So that means you should keep on doing it, um, er, right? You are being a good nonprofit leader. Aren't you?


Fundraising the SMART Way: Hard Data about Fundraising Productivity

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Sun, May 03, 2015 @ 01:40 PM

Hard Dara about Fundraising Productivity

Our Leaky Bucket Assessmen, open since April 2011, has revealed significant gaps - "leaks" - in the way large proportions of nonprofits manage their fundraising efforts.  The data is troubling indeed. While we know and honor the brilliant dedicated work of many outstanding fundraising professionals, we recognize that many more nonprofits could improve their financial situations by adopting some basic management tools to improve accountability and performance.

Who's In Charge of Fundraising?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 01:20 PM

Hey, fundraising professionals - who's your boss?  I'm pretty sure I can guess your answers.  You're most likely reporting to one of the following humans: your director of development;your executive director/CEO; or your board. Ask a simple question, you get a simple answer, right?


Fundraising: Who Are You Raising Money for, Exactly?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 07:45 PM

When it comes to fundraising,who are we raising the money for, exactly? I think we're raising it for our donors.


This Woman is Off Her Fundraising Rocker!

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

Recently the wonderful people at 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!!!"


Fundraising and the Russian Revolution

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


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