20 04, 2017

Tips for “Having the Talk”

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Silvia Solis, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action

How to Speak with Someone on the Other Side of the Political Spectrum

Conversations are complex human dynamics at all levels. A casual interaction with a passing stranger at the grocery store, small talk with a new colleague at work, and a heated discussion with family at the dinner table are all communication exchanges that re

19 04, 2017

Pay it Forward – Website Development Training

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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 college graduate living in California who got smacked in the face by the 2008 Great Recession. I was engaging, eager and enthusiastic, but

17 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Joel Newton

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This week, we speak with Joel Newton, executive director of Edgewater Collective, a nonprofit that seeks to cultivate partnerships to “foster thriving Edgewater families, schools and community” using a collective impact perspective.

1. Tell us about you and your organization and the social change you are trying to achieve.

“I started Edgewater Collective four years ago as a dad of two daughters who attend our neighborhood

10 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Lillie Ben

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This week, we speak with Lillie Ben, founder and CEO of Women Warrior Vision, a small nonprofit that works to equip women veterans with the financial and business skills necessary for them to thrive economically and socially upon returning from service. Lillie also serves on the board of Dress for Success Denver.

1. Tell us about you and the social change you are trying to achieve with your nonprofit.

“Statistics have shown that

7 04, 2017

The Science of Resistance: A Vibrant Forum on Effective Advocacy, Organizing and Conversations

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On March 8, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) welcomed guests and panelists to the latest “Conversations that Matter” event at JVA offices, 2465 Sheridan Blvd. in Edgewater. Conversations that Matter is a series of salon-style forums hosted jointly by JVA and Social Enterprise Alliance on the second Wednesday of every month, enabling deep-dive conversations on important, current issues. The subject this evening was The Science of Resistance: exploring what science tells us about how we ca

4 04, 2017

Changemaker Profile: Turner Wyatt

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This week, we spoke with Turner Wyatt, executive director of Denver Food Rescue, “a health equity nonprofit that uses a bicycle-based delivery system to increase the nutritional value in the emergency food assistance system.” Turner also recently co-founded Goodness Groceries/Bondadosa, a social enterprise focused on increasing access to affordable, healthy food by delivering wholesale-priced groceries di

31 03, 2017

The Affordable Care Act: An Employer’s Perspective

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Marshall Vanderburg, Director of Operations at Joining Vision and Action

With increased public discussion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one important element easily overlooked is the role employers have in providing health insurance. Conversely, ACA’s effect for employees deciding whether to take advantage of employer-

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