19 06, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Stephen LeFaiver

2017-06-19T14:00:13+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we caught up with Stephen LeFaiver, executive director of Teens, Inc., which is based in Nederland, Colorado. Stephen has led Teens, Inc. since 2005.

1. Tell us about you and your organization and the social change you are trying to achieve.

“The mission of Teens, Inc. is to support, educate and empower youth and their families to make healthy choices and to thrive. At the heart of this are our core values: believing in and promotin

12 06, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Elycia Cook

2017-06-15T11:07:36+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we spoke with Elycia Cook, executive director of FRIENDS FIRST, an organization she has led and has been a part of for nine years. Elycia is an inspiration to us for her incredible motivation to make a difference through mentoring—one child at a time.

1. Tell us about you and your organization and the social change you are trying to achieve.


5 06, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Jerry Tinianow

2017-06-05T14:02:13+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week (prior to the Paris Climate Agreement controversy), we spoke with Jerry Tinianow, chief sustainability officer with the City and County of Denver Office of Sustainability. In this role, which he’s had for nearly five years, Jerry is a leader in the field–and enjoys working with other inspiring #changemakers like Sonr

1 06, 2017

Consensual Hierarchies and Nurtured Networks: How Understanding Watersheds and Mushrooms Can Improve Your Organization

2017-06-01T11:51:41+00:00 Blog, Social Enterprise, Tools for Changemakers, Unconsultants|

Image from Kaltaka

Adam Brock, Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action

This post is the third in a series explaining how the natural patterns can inform the work of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and others working for social change. The content is adapted from “Change Her

29 05, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Angelle Fouther

2017-05-30T09:23:40+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we speak with Angelle Fouther, a long-time volunteer on the board of Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC). Angelle currently chairs the retail and economic development task team of MOC. She also works as the director of communications for LiveWell Colorado. She shared her passion for weaving strong community through dialog, development and action.

1. Tell us about you and the Montbello Organiz

25 05, 2017

Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO)

2017-05-25T12:10:48+00:00 Reports and Publications|

JVA is honored to have partnered with Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) to develop their strategic plan. Over the course of a year, JVA developed WFCO’s 2017-2021 plan, focused around the question, “how can we create better economic opportunities for Colorado women to progress toward prosperity?” Our team engaged with nearly 1,300 women across the state to gather input about economi

25 05, 2017

Grantmaker’s formatting requirement: Help or hindrance?

2017-05-26T15:43:06+00:00 Blog, Grantwriting, Tools for Changemakers|

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action

I recently finished working on a grant proposal that had such a restricted page length that I spent as many hours cutting language as I did writing the narrative in the first place. In my 16 years of writing grant proposals, I have learned that it is much easier to write a grant that does not have any page length restrictions or character count

23 05, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Sonrisa Lucero

2017-05-23T13:33:14+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

(L to R) Jerry Tinianow, Jamila Rockette, Sonrisa Lucero, and Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

This week, we speak with Sonrisa Lucero, sustainability strategist with the Office of Sustainability of the City and County of Denver, where she’s worked for three years. Sonrisa is a Denver native passionate about awakening people of all ages and backgrounds to the benefits of adopting sustainable ways.

16 05, 2017

Is There Hope for Science?

2017-05-17T19:05:41+00:00 Blog, Policy and advocacy, Unconsultants|

By Marshall Vanderburg, Director of Operations, Joining Vision and Action

When I first came across the March for Science, I made plans to participate. For most of my adult life, I’ve paid attention to matters of science. Here at Joining Vision and Action we’ve incorporated

15 05, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Toni Saiber

2017-05-23T12:28:07+00:00 Blog, Changemakers, Unconsultants|

This week, we speak with Toni Saiber, founder and board president of the Eating Disorder Foundation, located in uptown Denver at 20th Avenue and High Street.

1. Tell us about you and your organization and the social change you are trying to achieve.

“We are working to make eating disorders a public health priority. Our broadest aim is to radically alter the trajectory of suffering, illness and death that accompanies eating disorders.