What about the federal budget?

Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action Will the federal grant programs that support our organization’s critical safety net projects be included in President Donald Trump’s budget? That’s the multi-trillion dollar question that JVA is very concerned about. As background, the U.S. spent $4 trillion dollars last year, and about $2.5 trillion of that was used [...]

Going with the crowd

By Erin Shaver, Senior Grantwriter for Joining Vision and Action JVA FUNDRAISING TRAINING Crowdfunding Crowdfunding continues to be among the most buzzworthy phrases in fundraising in the past few years. Eager entrepreneurs and young folks alike have been quick to jump onto its still trendy bandwagon, from the Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Watch to [...]

2017-01-28T13:36:40-07:00January 22nd, 2017|Blog, Fundraising|0 Comments

#GivingTuesday: Polish Your Website with SEO

By John Connelly, president and founder of Sensus Media #GivingTuesday is 13 days away. Colorado Gives Day is 20 days away. And your nonprofit website should’ve been search engine optimized (SEO) yesterday. #GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day, approaching their 6th and 8th anniversaries, respectively, have been a major fundraising boon for nonprofits nationally and across Colorado—especially for [...]

2017-11-14T16:14:32-07:00November 15th, 2016|Blog, Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Four important fundraising lessons: ice cream for Cooper

by Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action Cooper's friends show how fundraising is done! What can Brown and Skinner students teach us about important fundraising lessons? Brown Elementary and Skinner Middle School students out by Mile High Stadium selling ice cream for Cooper, a friend with brain cancer, teach us the most important [...]

2017-01-07T18:50:13-07:00October 9th, 2016|Blog, Fundraising, Unconsultants|1 Comment

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 [...]

Top 5 Benefits of Strategic Fundraising (Part 3 of 3)

Strategic fundraising. Cashing in on what your organization does best. In the past couple of posts (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this three part series), we’ve asked you to take a giant leap. A leap that may result in losing donors or losing contributed revenue. The unthinkable. We’ve recommended this to organizations with [...]

2018-10-23T14:55:04-06:00May 31st, 2016|Fundraising|1 Comment

5 Ways to Energize Your Fundraising Plan (Part 2 of 3)

How can you get your fundraising plan from Point A (need money) to Point B (have money) in a straight line? Perviously we shared the first post of a three part series: the 7 Roadblocks to Strategic Fundraising. It's clear that those responsible for nonprofit development can experience fundraising fatigue and want to start applying more strategy to [...]

2018-10-23T14:52:58-06:00May 23rd, 2016|Fundraising|0 Comments

7 Roadblocks to Strategic Fundraising (Part 1 of 3)

Effective fundraising isn't just about how much money you raise. It's also about how you raise it. How can your organization apply principles of strategic fundraising? As our team prepares for the upcoming Development Intensive (DI), I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes some organizations’ fundraising more successful than others. We’ve worked with hundreds [...]

2018-10-23T14:56:16-06:00May 17th, 2016|Fundraising, Strategic Planning|0 Comments

The Impact of Program Evaluation

By Gayle Warner, Director of Grants and Program Strategy Why is program evaluation important? My 25-year nonprofit career challenged me to develop programs that would impact a person’s life – whether it was about finishing high school and/or being the first-generation graduate from college. Often, I worked hand in hand with local and national foundations [...]

2017-01-07T18:50:15-07:00April 1st, 2016|Evaluation, Fundraising, Policy and advocacy|0 Comments