How Do I Ask for Money in a Pandemic?

Photo by Daniel Pérez via Pexels And More Q&A from Executive Directors and JVA’s Grants Team By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Nonprofit leaders talked funding with JVA’s grantwriters earlier this month as JVA held the second session of our remote, three-part Executive Directors in a Changing World networking and conversation [...]

2020-12-03T12:53:25-07:00October 20th, 2020|2020, Blog, Executive Directors|0 Comments

JVA’s Genius Bar on Building a Better Board

Graduates of JVA's October 2018 Executive Director Academy (above photo) got insight and advice from Cultivando Executive Director Erin Mooney (below right) and Extreme Community Makeover Executive Director Angela Bomgaars (below left). By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action If you’re starting a new nonprofit from scratch or rebuilding your [...]

2019-08-29T16:36:05-06:00November 5th, 2018|2018, Blog, Executive Directors, Training|0 Comments

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

Seeing People as People, Part 1: Employees

What matters to you? Joining Vision and Action and M3 Consulting are teaming up to conduct a survey and analysis of what kinds of rewards (or benefits) are most meaningful to nonprofit and social enterprise workers. Take Survey Here Nora Welch, Senior Leadership Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action (JVA) You know the drill—nonprofits [...]

What can businesses learn from nonprofits: Thoughts from nonprofit executive directors

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) On March 10, JVA concluded Executive Director Academy, our signature executive director training, with a Genius Bar panel. I had the privilege of posing a series of questions that were on my mind to some of my favorite nonprofit executive directors: Coby Gould, The Growhaus Jay [...]

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

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 [...]

Planning your next nonprofit career move: Tips and three books to read

Are you thinking about leaving? Image via Hippie Bowman  by Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action About a decade ago in the pre-recession years, I was leading a workshop on succession planning for nonprofit sector leaders. After invoking the JVA Vegas [1] ground rule, I asked participants to introduce themselves and why [...]

2017-01-07T18:50:14-07:00July 19th, 2016|Books, Encore careers, Executive Directors|0 Comments

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 [...]

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