Changemakers summer reading list

By Janine Vanderburg, President, CEO/Joining Vision and Action  Changemakers summer reading list Looking for something to download on your Kindle before you head out of the office? Or for a leisurely thinking day? We’ve taken the favorite books of nonprofit leaders we’ve interviewed this year for our changemakers blog series and compiled this summer reading [...]

2018-05-21T15:42:04-06:00July 10th, 2017|Blog, Books, Changemakers, Executive Directors|0 Comments

How I make commuting enjoyable and informative

By Rebecca Shisler, Business Development Coordinator, Joining Vision and Action I love living in Boulder; the Flatirons are beautiful and living in a college town means I have many great local opportunities to experience arts and culture. However, one downside to living here is my 80-minute round-trip commute down to the JVA office in Denver. [...]

2018-03-02T10:10:17-07:00March 5th, 2017|Blog, Books, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Permaculture For Social Change: Principle Two – “Catch and Store Energy”

Adam Brock, Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action Permaculture design is a flexible framework that uses natural systems to inform our efforts to improve society. This post is the second in a twelve-part series explaining how the principles of permaculture design can inform the work of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and others working for [...]

2017-02-27T10:58:24-07:00February 28th, 2017|Blog, Books, Social Enterprise, Unconsultants|0 Comments

What our team is reading this month

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO Research shows that people who read books live longer, on average, than people who don’t. Spurred on by a conversation over lunch in our Changemakers co-working space this week about who was reading what, I asked our JVA team members what they were reading this month. Here’s what they said: Adam [...]

2017-02-17T16:02:51-07:00February 17th, 2017|Blog, Books|0 Comments

Everyday phrases cost you time, money and joy

By Nora Welch, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) It’s rare to hear from nonprofits and other organizations doing good that they don’t have concerns about their bottom line. While this is a common problem, with some common solutions (see also: JVA tips for grantwriting and fundraising), here’s a rather uncommon solution to ponder and implement. [...]

2018-12-20T08:43:49-07:00February 14th, 2017|Blog, Books, Tools for Changemakers|0 Comments

Permaculture For Social Change: Principle One – “Observe and Interact”

What is Permaculture Design? Permaculture design is a flexible framework that uses natural systems to inform our efforts to improve society. This post is the first in a 12-part series explaining how the principles of permaculture design can inform the work of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and others working for social change. The content is adapted [...]

2017-05-12T15:36:00-06:00January 26th, 2017|Blog, Books, Social Enterprise, Unconsultants|0 Comments

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

The 3 Books You Must Read if You’re Starting a Social Enterprise

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action What are the best social enterprise books to read before you start your social business? As social enterprise becomes more popular, dozens of books are being published every year on the topic ranging from academic to inspirational. And while my library contains them all, here are the [...]

2017-07-25T14:34:13-06:00September 14th, 2016|Books, Social Enterprise|0 Comments

Why systems are key to nonprofit succession planning—and your vacation!

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action What is the most important element of your nonprofit succession plan? Having good systems in place. Yup, that's it. You can have developed leaders around you, left your board the password list and list of key donors, but without documented systems in place, the organization will flounder [...]

2017-07-25T14:52:45-06:00August 9th, 2016|Blog, Books, Executive Directors|0 Comments

Nonprofit Succession Planning: Three Must-Read Books

The exit of a nonprofit or social enterprise leader—founder or longtime executive director—is a critical turning point for an organization. In our experience, the biggest problems that occur when transitions are not successfully managed include: Disruption in, and loss of, funding Key staff leaving Decreased programming in the year following the transition Arguments and confusion about the future direction of the organization You can mitigate these problems with careful succession planning.

2017-07-25T15:22:55-06:00August 3rd, 2016|Blog, Books, Executive Directors|0 Comments