Get on Board: Nonprofits Have Room at the Top—and it’s Rewarding

By Katalin Wishart, Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action JVA’s work is all about supporting nonprofits and social enterprises, but outside of work, many of our staffers also give back by serving on nonprofit boards and committees. It makes perfect sense to us, but a lot of people just don’t get it. And I [...]

2018-09-27T10:39:45-06:00September 25th, 2018|2018, Board of directors, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Does Your Nonprofit Board Engage in Groupthink or Rubber-Stamping?

Photo by fauxels on Pexels Six Tips for Healthy Board Decision-Making and Relations By Sandra Harris Howard, Senior Trainer and Facilitator with Joining Vision and Action In my work supporting executive directors with their nonprofit board relations, I was asked a thought-provoking question: “Is there ever dissension among members of the board of directors?” My immediate [...]

Can increasing your social capital increase your sustainability?

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action What kind of social capital can increase the sustainability of your organization? Over the weekend I read Hillbilly Elegy, the much-discussed memoir of being from Appalachia and growing up in the rust belt. In it, Yale-educated lawyer J.D. Vance tells the personal story of growing up white [...]

2017-01-07T18:50:13-07:00October 5th, 2016|Board of directors, Books, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Succession Planning Resources: How to Find Your Next Leader

Janine Vanderburg, CEO and President Joining Vision and Action These succession planning resources will help guide the conversation about what traits you want to see in your next leader. Inevitably your nonprofit or social enterprise will have to addresses the critical question: Who is our organization's next leader? Done correctly, with [...]

The 10 books that should be in every nonprofit executive director’s library

Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action What are the top books for nonprofit executive directors? There are thousands of books out there on all aspects of nonprofit work. Over time, these are the ones we turn to again and again, and recommend to nonprofit executive directors attending JVA’s Executive Director Academy. Are these [...]


By Janine Vanderburg, CEO, Joining Vision and Action I just returned from the Encore 2016 conference in San Francisco last week. Over 400 people gathered, inspired by a collective vision: that people as they age can experience an “encore” in work, service, learning and leadership – using their talents and experience to better their communities [...]


Is this the right location for your strategic planning retreat? By Janine Vanderburg, CEO, Joining Vision and Action  Are you planning for your strategic planning?  Let JVA’s training help you with the legwork! Strategic planning: Where to hold your retreat When designing strategic planning retreats with clients, I’m often asked: Do you know where we can hold our [...]

Why a Give-or-Get Fundraising Policy is a Bad Idea

Is someone recommending that your nonprofit board adopt a give-or-get fundraising policy? Hang around any nonprofit for a while, and you'll hear someone proposing and/or using a give-or-get fundraising policy. Typically found in a board contract or policy, it might say something like: "I agree to personally give $1,000 annually, or to raise that amount from others." Sounds [...]

2017-07-20T12:47:44-06:00September 12th, 2015|Blog, Board of directors, Fundraising|0 Comments

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