More from JVA’s Genius Bar: Applying New Lessons, Capturing Outcomes, Pushing Boundaries and More

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Two experienced nonprofit executive directors joined JVA’s Executive Director Academy participants on the last day of the recent weeklong training, to answer questions and offer insights on nonprofit leadership. Angela Bomgaars (left photo) is executive director of Extreme Community Makeover [...]

2019-01-02T15:09:48-07:00November 5th, 2018|Unconsultants|0 Comments

Get on Board: Nonprofits Have Room at the Top—and it’s Rewarding

By Katalin Wishart, Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action JVA’s work is all about supporting nonprofits and social enterprises, but outside of work, many of our staffers also give back by serving on nonprofit boards and committees. It makes perfect sense to us, but a lot of people just don’t get it. And I [...]

2018-09-27T10:39:45-06:00September 25th, 2018|2018, Board of directors, Unconsultants|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 [...]

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 [...]

Starting a New Job: How to Kill It in Your First Few Weeks

By Katherine Jarvis, Business Development Manager at Joining Vision and Action So you got the job—now what? The worst is over. After months of tedious online applications, stressful interviews and heartbreaking rejection, you’ve finally accepted an offer for an exciting new job! Your hard work is done, right? Well, not quite … Although a job [...]

2018-07-31T19:00:45-06:00July 23rd, 2018|2018, Blog, Tools for Changemakers, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Dad Jokes: The Fuel for Social Change?

By Nora Welch, Joining Vision and Action This is a lighthearted post. I know, I know. Much of what we at Joining Vision and Action (as well as you all) do is practical, thought-provoking and social-change inspiring. And this is not that … or is it? Let me tell you two things up front. My [...]

2020-06-15T16:06:31-06:00June 11th, 2018|2018, Blog, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Digging Community

By Erin Shaver, Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action It’s that time of year—when I find dirt under my fingernails more often than not, my morning routine includes remembering which beds to water, and I’m somewhat tolerantly anticipating the first fruiting blossoms on my plants. For quite a few of us at JVA, myself [...]

2018-06-11T11:08:37-06:00June 11th, 2018|2018, Blog, Clients, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Warmth and Competence: Where Do You Fall and Why Does it Matter?

By Jill Iman, Co-Managing Director and Director of Research and Evaluation Regardless of whether you consider yourself social or not, the reality is that people are social animals—and as part of that, we are primed and equipped to make quick judgments of others. These judgments, whether accurate or not (e.g., stereotypes), are believed to stem [...]

Changemaker Profile: Emily Merritt

Welcome to our Changemaker Profiles blog series! Each edition will profile one outstanding social changemaker from the JVA client community. By sharing the stories of some of the incredible people we get to work with every day, each accomplishing extraordinary work in nonprofits, government, social enterprise and elsewhere, we hope we will bring a little [...]