Think Reaching Out to Nonvoters is Pointless? So Did I

Photo by Kari Sullivan, on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action With Election Day fewer than 70 days away, the pandemic lingers, and doubts about ballot delivery continue to swirl around us. It’s easy to feel anxious about the prospect of uncounted—or uncast—votes. At least, that’s how I have [...]

How Can Nonprofits Prepare for COVID-19?

Three Ways to be Proactive By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action As much as we all might hope the new coronavirus will somehow just go away—or entirely spare us and our friends, our families, and the organizations we have poured countless hours and love into creating and maintaining—we cannot assume [...]

2020-05-12T09:50:56-06:00March 10th, 2020|2020, Blog, COVID-19|0 Comments

Is Language Important? It is to JVA (Part 2)

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash How to Find Answers Outside Your DEI Comfort Zone By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In my last blog, I talked about some trends in the language used by news media on topics such as race and ethnicity. This time, I’ll talk about [...]

2020-05-26T17:25:30-06:00February 11th, 2020|2020, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

Is Language Important? It is to JVA (Part 1)

What Nonprofits Can Learn from the News Media By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action The Seattle Times made news in journalism circles recently by changing its style to capitalize the word “Black,” as an adjective, when referring to a “culture, ethnicity or group of people.” The Times explained that “increasingly [...]

2020-06-27T20:47:07-06:00February 4th, 2020|2020, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

What is Race-Based Caucusing and Can it Promote Equity?

Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In the past, when people who identify as white wanted to learn about or contemplate issues related to racial justice, our inclination might have been to ask a person of color to explain something to us. But these [...]

2020-05-26T17:51:11-06:00November 5th, 2019|2019, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

A Talk with JVA’s Stella Carrasco: Proud Lakota, Devoted Grandma

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action On Monday, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, honoring Native Americans, recognizing America’s history of colonialism and genocide, and reclaiming the former Columbus Day holiday. Denver first designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2016, though it isn’t an official city [...]

2019-10-28T10:00:43-06:00October 13th, 2019|2019, Blog|1 Comment

EDs Share Secrets of How to Shape a Nonprofit’s Culture, More

Above: STEMblazers Executive Director Wendy Merchant, left, and Adoption Options Executive Director Adrienne Elliott responded to questions from participants in JVA's Executive Director Academy on Friday.   By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action What’s the first thing new graduates of JVA’s Executive Director Academy (EDA) do when they get back [...]

2020-07-30T15:26:49-06:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Unconsultants|0 Comments

For Colorado Day, a Mountain of Reasons to Love Where We Live

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Got plans for Colorado Day this year? OK, maybe you didn’t know August 1 is Colorado Day—the (143rd) anniversary of the day Colorado became a state. And OK, it’s a Thursday, so maybe your plans are to work that day. Guess what—ours, too! But [...]

2019-10-28T10:05:31-06:00July 30th, 2019|2019, Blog, Unconsultants|0 Comments

In a Parallel Universe, Writing Flows Beautifully

(Photo by Ian Chen on Unsplash) By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In my previous blog on writing techniques, I focused on the use of active voice to improve sentence flow. This week—try to contain yourself—I discuss parallel construction. Using parallel construction helps your writing flow smoothly and makes it [...]

2019-06-03T11:30:40-06:00June 3rd, 2019|2019, Blog|0 Comments

2 Big Reasons to Vote in Denver’s Municipal Elections

(Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels) By Sandy Wiegand, Joining Vision and Action Copyeditor and Writer Denver’s municipal elections are May 7. Races are for mayor, city auditor, city clerk and recorder, and all 13 City Council seats. Voters will also decide on two ballot measures: the “Right to Survive” initiative and a measure to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. [...]

2019-04-24T10:31:28-06:00April 24th, 2019|2019, Advocacy and Action, Blog|0 Comments