What’s So Great about Volunteering?

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Over the past several weeks I’ve been updating JVA’s internal resumes, the ones we attach to our proposals. The experience has left me amazed—and just a bit shamed—by the level of my colleagues’ volunteerism and community engagement. Sure, I collect monthly water samples [...]

Always Be Testing

Alaine Anderson, Digital Strategist and Implementer at Joining Vision and Action Anyone who has entered the realm of website design and development knows it can be a series of complex rabbit holes and can feel like too much to handle at times. One thing that comes up time and time again is the need [...]

7 Simple Strategies for Motivating Your Nonprofit’s Staff

More Insights from JVA’s Genius Bar Panelists By Sandy Wiegand, copyeditor and writer at Joining Vision and Action If you’re having any trouble motivating your nonprofit’s staff members to do their best work, JVA’s Genius Bar panelists have some words of wisdom. Their most emphatic message? Give your team members a degree of independence and [...]

2020-07-28T18:28:27-06:00October 24th, 2017|Blog, Tools for Changemakers, Training|0 Comments

Why Your Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Nonprofit’s Success

Genius Bar Panelists Agree You Should Get a Life By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Work-life balance: We all say it’s important to us. No one WANTS to be a workaholic. But if you’re working for a nonprofit or social enterprise with a small, dedicated staff… you might think the [...]

2018-05-21T19:45:18-06:00October 19th, 2017|Blog, Tools for Changemakers, Training|0 Comments

Eight Things You Can Do to Better Engage Your Board

 Lessons from JVA’s Executive Director Academy Genius Bar How do engage your board of directors? By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Whether your board members get their hands dirty helping with the day-to-day business of your nonprofit, or they’re all about (raising) the money, you’ll do well to nurture relationships with each of [...]

2018-11-01T09:59:13-06:00October 17th, 2017|Blog, Tools for Changemakers, Training|0 Comments

Three Concepts from Nature That Can Help Your Organization Thrive

According to Adam Brock, JVA’s Director of Social Enterprise, the major barriers we face to living well on the planet are not technological--they are economic, social and political. In his years of food activism and permaculture design, Adam encountered many brilliant initiatives that failed as a result of their execution at the social or economic [...]

July 12 Conversations That Matter: Permaculture Wisdom for Thriving Organizations

On July 12, #changemakers from around the Denver area met at the Joining Vision and Action offices for the monthly Conversations That Matter salon and networking event. This month featured Adam Brock, director of social enterprise at Joining Vision and Action and recent author of the new book, Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal [...]

Total Rewards

This word cloud represents those non-monetary areas mentioned most frequently by respondents in Joining Vision and Action’s Total Rewards survey (larger words indicate concepts mentioned more frequently). Each need serious attention by anyone in the C-suite responsible for furthering their organization’s mission though an engaged workforce The Engagement Equation “It’s one of your biggest challenges: [...]

How to have “the talk” with your board members—yes, about fundraising!

By Janine Vanderburg, Joining Vision and Action “How do I talk with our board members about fundraising?” In my over three decades of working for community and social change, one of the most frequent issues I hear about is motivating nonprofit board members to fundraise. The Giving USA 2017 report, which came out this week, [...]

2017-06-27T17:02:12-06:00June 27th, 2017|Blog, Fundraising, Tools for Changemakers|1 Comment

Consensual Hierarchies and Nurtured Networks: How Understanding Watersheds and Mushrooms Can Improve Your Organization

Image from Kaltaka Adam Brock, Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action This post is the third in a series explaining how the natural patterns can inform the work of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and others working for social change. The content is adapted from “Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation”, [...]

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