27 03, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Laurel Delmonico

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Welcome to our blog series, Changemaker Profiles! Each week, we 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 and social enterprise, we hope we will bring a little light and inspiration to your Mondays!

Laurel Delmonico works for the

25 03, 2017

What can businesses learn from nonprofits: Thoughts from nonprofit executive directors

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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, <
24 03, 2017

What does it mean to collaborate effectively?

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By Jill Iman, Director of Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science at Joining Vision and Action

Every day we’re being confronted with more news that might/could (does?) feel disheartening to ourselves and to many in our world. As I find myself riding my own waves of optimism and frustration (currently in an optimistic phase, thank you very much), I’ve only strengthened my b

21 03, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Bob Dorshimer

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Welcome to our new blog series, Changemaker Profiles! Each week, we 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 and social enterprise, we hope we will bring a little light and inspiration to your Mondays! 

Our first interview of the series is with Bob Dorshimer, chie

19 03, 2017

4 Techniques to be a Better Digital Marketer for Social Change

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Alaine Anderson, Digital Strategist and Implementer – Previous Blog

With so many topics, advertisements, and media competing for attention now days, being a marketer is quite the challenge. We constantly are trying to find a way out of the weeds and new ways to differentiate our organizations against the plethora of other organizations that are doing very similar work.

Well, how does o

18 03, 2017

Selecting Good Rules, and the Beauty of Good Structure

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By Caroline Savery, Editor/Associate Consultant at Joining Vision and Action

In my last post, I wrote about the importance of evaluating and experimenting with the rules in one’s life. I’d like to continue that conversation into the domain of rules governing the operations, management and governance of an organization.

Mostly in my career, I have worked with start-up cooperatives or short-ter

17 03, 2017

What we learned from the skinny budget

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By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action

President Donald Trump has released his skinny budget, “America First,” which gives us some broad stroke glimpses of where he would like Congress to approve cuts to domestic, discretionary programs in the 2018 fiscal year. At a high level, it will squeeze federal grant programs, which have already been cut under sequestration, much harder.

Some of the proposed program cu

16 03, 2017

Being a Skillful Rule-breaker: Optimize Your Obedience

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By Caroline Savery, Editor/Associate Consultant at Joining Vision and Action

Rules, rules, rules.

Most of us relate to the idea of “rules” with an automatic sense of grudging, borne from childhood. Remember what it felt like growing up, when it seemed like every aspect of your natural behavior was policed by grown-ups, citing rules? “Cross on the green and not in between.” “Sit still and be quiet.” “Don’t stay out after 9.” “

11 03, 2017

The Work-Life Balance Myth

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By Rolfe Larson, Senior Consultant for Strategic and Business Planning, Joining Vision and Action.

Now here’s a frank perspective:

Balance doesn’t work.  So don’t even try.

Accept the fact that the only way to really make something happen is to go “all in,” with everything you have. Anything less than that won’t get you wher