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March 2010

Survey: 52 percent of adults 18­–64 use social media

By | March 5th, 2010|Blog|

According to a new report released by Pew Research Center, social media use is up 45 percent for adults 18–64 since February 2005. Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next looks at the values, attitudes and experiences of the Millennial generation while also shedding light on the Boomer generation.

Pew Research Center’s survey of more than 2,000 adults shows that 30 percent of boomers use social networking sites, up from only five percent in 2005. In total, the report found that 41 percent of adults use social networking sites. […]

April 2016

Top 5 Traits of Successful Social Enterprises

By | April 26th, 2016|Social Enterprise, Training|

what makes successful social enterprises?

By Rolfe Larson, Joining Vision and Action Social Enterprise Consultant

Research shows that successful social enterprises often share common characteristics.

There are many theories why some social enterprises flourish while others languish. Is it leadership, business planning, funding, market or timing that makes a successful social enterprise?

Joining Vision and Action is dedicated to providing social enterprises, nonprofits and government agencies with the tools and resources they need to succeed, sustain and scale. We bring research and innovation to this work, which we call implementation science. This allows our team of experts to provide more effective and imaginative tools to increase community impact.

So we took a deep dive into the research into what makes for a successful social enterprise. We studied what works and what doesn’t, to help practitioners, leaders and funders gain research-backed perspectives on the common ingredients for success. […]

March 2016

The One Thing a Social Enterprise Must Never Do

By | March 29th, 2016|Social Enterprise, Training, Un-consultants|

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By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action

What is the one thing a social enterprise must never do?

Believe that your customers will buy from you simply because of your social mission.

It’s a lesson I learned managing my first social enterprise in the early 1980s. Hoping to both employ women and generate revenue for the center, a nonprofit had started a home cleaning service. The marketing proposition that you can have your house cleaned and benefit other women at the same time was geared to middle- and upper-income women who had flooded the workforce.  […]

Race and Justice Design Challenge Mini-Grant Applications

By | March 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Office of Community Affairs, on behalf of Mayor Michael Hancock announces funding is available to residents and civic organizations, who develop community driven projects designed to unite youth and law enforcement officers, promote inclusion and equality for more connected neighborhoods, identify and address community needs, cultivate and restore a climate of hope. The maximum grant amount is $3,000 and should be matched with in-kind support, volunteer hours or other grants or other grants and funding sources for the specified project. NEW application deadline is April 13, 2016Click here to apply!

Questions? Contact Shawn Johnson, Director of Community Affairs, at

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February 2016


By | February 16th, 2016|Blog, Board of directors, Executive Directors, Social Enterprise|

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By Janine Vanderburg, CEO, Joining Vision and Action

I just returned from the Encore 2016 conference in San Francisco last week. Over 400 people gathered, inspired by a collective vision: that people as they age can experience an “encore” in work, service, learning and leadership – using their talents and experience to better their communities and society as a whole.   […]

January 2016

5 things funders do in reviewing your grant proposal

By | January 8th, 2016|Blog, Grantwriting|

by Janine Vanderburg

In my years at JVA, I’ve worked with lots of funders, and have served as a funder reviewing grant proposals.

Yes, funders do all of these in reviewing grant proposals:

  • Check your website to see if what is in your proposal matches how you describe your programs on your website. Tempted to stretch your

    No kneeling required; just do the right things. No kneeling required; just do the right things.

    program description to match a funder’s interest areas? Not a good idea. Look for funders that are a strong match with your work instead.

  • Notice when you copied and pasted directly from another proposal. Worst case: Copying and pasting Funder A’s name in a proposal to Funder B. Be careful to read through your proposal, or better yet, have someone else read through.
  • Read the notes in your audit to see if there are any red flags, or if the notes explain the red flags that might be elsewhere in your financial statement. Be sure you read them too and offer additional explanation in your cover to the financials if needed.
  • Are moved by compelling stories of those who benefit from your services. Numbers are of course important, but don’t forget to inject emotion into your proposals as well. Just don’t go overboard.
  • Feel bad when they have to turn down good projects. There are always more high quality grant proposals than funding available in any given round, and funders usually have to turn down requests that they feel genuinely passionate about. So do ask politely for feedback if you are turned down, but don’t berate and if the funder doesn’t have time to provide feedback or if their organization discourages that, be graceful and simply say thank you. There is always the next round.

Are you ready to submit your 2016 grant proposals? Do they need a refresh? Join us at Write a Grant in a Day©, where you’ll literally write a great first draft of your grant proposal.


September 2015

Why a Give-or-Get Fundraising Policy is a Bad Idea

By | September 12th, 2015|Blog, Board of directors, Fundraising|

Is someone recommending that your nonprofit board adopt a give-or-get fundraising policy?

Hang around any nonprofit for a while, and you’ll hear someone proposing a give-or-get fundraising policy.

Typically found in a board contract or policy, it might say something like:

“I agree to personally give $1,000 annually, or to raise that amount from others.”

Sounds great, right? A written commitment by your board members to raise money?

Here’s why it’s a bad idea.

In organizations that are most successful, there is a culture of fundraising. Everyone participates in fundraising (getting) and everyone gives (to the extent they are able, a personally significant gift). I like to GIVE and GET

A give-or-get fundraising policy sets up uneven dynamics on the board if wealthier board members are able to buy their way out of participating in the nonprofit’s fundraising activities. All board members should be introducing the organization to friends and colleagues, and identifying ways that they can contribute to the organization’s financing.

The better fundraising policy for your nonprofit board of directors? Give and get.

If you’re a nonprofit board member:

  • Give an amount that is personally significant to you.
  • And find a way to use your strengths and talents in the “getting!”


Membership Level 2

By | September 9th, 2015|

For $799, you get all of Package 1, as well as access to all two-day intensives (over 80 trainings, a $4,664 value)

August 2015

Maximizing Your Social Media for Year End Fundraising

By | August 28th, 2015|


Does your social media presence disappear at the end of the year when your board and staff are busy fundraising? Do you use social media in your fundraising efforts but the strategies you’re using aren’t getting much traction with your donors?

With donors in a giving mood, social media platforms have more fundraising potential than ever. We will show you how to turn your online champions into fundraisers and donors in our Maximizing Your Social Media for Year End Fundraising  training. From creating shared fundraising goals, to communicating the impact of dollars raised, this training will help you optimize your posts and get your supporters excited about supporting your organization.

In this training you will learn how to:

  • Engage people not just to give but to encourage others as well
  • Design and create an online graphic that shows real-time progress toward the goal
  • Use photos, video and testimonials to underscore the importance and urgency of the campaign

For more information and to reserve your spot in this exciting training, click here.

Price: $49.00

Nonprofit Dashboards

By | August 28th, 2015|


How are you doing? Do you need to wade through lots of reports and data to find out whether you’re in the black, meeting monthly goals, changing the world?

Learn about innovative dashboard tools that provide quick, relevant visual information for organization leaders, in real time, to understand financial and programmatic growth/challenges.

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more organizational or programmatic outcomes.

Dashboards are typically developed on a single page and allow for the quick identification of where performance is going well and where improvement is needed. This method of presenting important data is quickly becoming popular as a means to communicate outcomes across diverse stakeholder positions and personal abilities (i.e., ability to understand data and outcomes).

JVA was selected to present dashboard basics to over 50 nonprofit professionals at the Colorado Nonprofit Association Conference. We’ve developed dashboards for our clients to help directors and program managers easily track metrics important to them, and to their boards and funders.

If you want to learn how to build a dashboard for your organization or department,  this training is for you!