5 Colorado Nonprofits Share Innovative Ways They are Pivoting

Above: In response to the pandemic, on Wednesdays, Re:Vision partners with Kaizen Food Rescue and Lifespan Local to bring a no-cost grocery program to Westwood families. (Photo courtesy of Re:Vision) By The JVA Resource Development Team Amid the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, JVA has been supporting nonprofits as they pivot in thoughtful, creative ways [...]

2020-05-05T11:32:39-06:00May 5th, 2020|2020, Blog, Changemakers, Grantwriting|0 Comments

The Grant Award Goes to…

By Nora Welch, Senior Leadership Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action We know that we have an incredible grantwriting team, but we still regularly find ourselves in awe of their accomplishments—and more importantly, their contributions to communities across the country. If you will allow us to humble brag just a bit, we want to [...]

2019-07-09T11:22:59-06:00July 9th, 2019|2019, Blog, Clients, Grantwriting, Unconsultants|0 Comments

How your Nonprofit Can Negotiate an Indirect Cost Rate with a Federal Agency

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash By Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action If your nonprofit organization receives a lot of federal grants, you may want to negotiate an indirect cost rate agreement. Here is a brief summary of what you can expect from this process. Identify your cognizant agency The [...]

2019-03-25T09:30:27-06:00February 19th, 2019|2019, Blog, Grantwriting|0 Comments

Getting Your Ego Out of the Way

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash By Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action I’ve been a professional grantwriter for 15 years. Over those years, I’ve written proposals for nearly every type of human service program. The high that I feel after winning funding for a program I believe in wholeheartedly is one of [...]

2019-01-02T15:27:12-06:00December 11th, 2018|2018, Blog, Grantwriting|0 Comments

A Phone Call is Worth a Thousand Hours of Research

By Katalin Wishart, Senior Grantwriting Associate at Joining Vision and Action Fundraising is all about communication and relationships. As a grantwriting consultant, I sometimes think grantwriters see their job as different from those of other fundraisers—you know, the kind that call potential donors to chat or schedule lunches so they can connect. Grantwriters love writing, [...]

Character Counts: Hacks—ahem, Strategies—for Trimming Grants

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Just about every grant application that JVA writes spends some time on my laptop screen being edited, mostly for things like style, spelling and grammar. Frequently, though, our grantwriters ask me to help trim grant narratives down to a required word length or character [...]

Self-care: One of the Best Tools in a Grantwriter’s Toolbox

By Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action OMG, my grant is due in one week and it’s not where it needs to be. I’ve had this thought countless times. It’s a challenge that comes with this profession—whether it is striving to find that extra piece of data to make the [...]

2019-01-09T09:43:25-06:00June 20th, 2018|2018, Blog, Grantwriting, Tools for Changemakers|0 Comments

Deadline Overload: Survival Tips From the Trenches

By Erin Shaver, Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action Sometimes deadlines fit nicely into your life—spaced out neatly, one being met as the next one appears on the horizon. Or, if you’re lucky, there is breathing room between the big ones, a chance to pause, reflect and recharge before the next one bears down. [...]

Not your ordinary housing. Rocky Mountain Communities

 By Katalin Wishart, Senior Grantwriter What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think “affordable housing”? For 7-year-old Natasha, it means living in a supportive environment where she receives one-on-one and small-group help with her homework. For her younger sister, it means access to preschool, and for their mom, it means academic [...]

2018-05-21T19:43:12-06:00February 9th, 2018|2018, Blog, Clients, Grantwriting|0 Comments

Federal Spending Uncertainty—Continuing Resolutions are Paralyzing National Progress

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action Congress has developed a habit of using continuing resolutions (CRs) as a stop-gap funding measure to keep the government open. While a CR is a useful tool when a government shutdown is looming because Congress cannot agree on a long-term spending bill, CRs were [...]