What Makes People Trust a Nonprofit?

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Let’s start with the good news. Charities are the most trusted institutions in the United States, according to a recent Give.org survey. People trust the nonprofit sector more than businesses, banks, the media, government (a lot more than government), and [...]

2020-11-02T16:51:31-07:00January 28th, 2019|2019, Blog, Evaluation, Training, Unconsultants|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

The Subtleties of Inclusion

by Silvia Solis, Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action There is a secret challenge to inclusivity. The challenge lies in that there are, at least, two different levels at which inclusivity happens and is expressed. The first level is rooted in the recognition and acknowledgment of diversity— meaning, the explicit ways in [...]

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

Websites are the New Storefronts

Alaine Anderson, Digital Strategist and Implementer at Joining Vision and Action 100% of the jobs I’ve had involved at least some interaction with an organization’s website. As a young person—a millennial, as you’d have me—websites are an integral part of my life. Every step of the normal sales process has become digital in one way [...]

Pay it Forward – Website Development Training

John Connelly, President & Founder at Sensus Media I won’t waste your time with a long post that highlights all the benefits of learning coding fundamentals or use the cliché ‘you have to try this’ spiel. No. Instead, I’m going to share an anecdote with you. Almost 10 years ago, I was a fairly recent [...]

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 [...]

[How Much is] That Doggie in the Window?

Pricing Your Goods or Services PRICING YOUR SERVICES TRAINING By Rolfe Larson, Senior Consultant for Strategic and Business Planning, Joining Vision and Action. Nonprofits and government agencies like to provide services for free. Admit it, the idea of charging for what you do does not come naturally to your organization. With budgets tight and getting [...]