What is Race-Based Caucusing and Can it Promote Equity?

Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In the past, when people who identify as white wanted to learn about or contemplate issues related to racial justice, our inclination might have been to ask a person of color to explain something to us. But these [...]

2020-05-26T17:51:11-06:00November 5th, 2019|2019, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

A Talk with JVA’s Stella Carrasco: Proud Lakota, Devoted Grandma

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action On Monday, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, honoring Native Americans, recognizing America’s history of colonialism and genocide, and reclaiming the former Columbus Day holiday. Denver first designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2016, though it isn’t an official city [...]

2019-10-28T10:00:43-06:00October 13th, 2019|2019, Blog|1 Comment

EDs Share Secrets of How to Shape a Nonprofit’s Culture, More

Above: STEMblazers Executive Director Wendy Merchant, left, and Adoption Options Executive Director Adrienne Elliott responded to questions from participants in JVA's Executive Director Academy on Friday.   By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action What’s the first thing new graduates of JVA’s Executive Director Academy (EDA) do when they get back [...]

2020-07-30T15:26:49-06:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Unconsultants|0 Comments

For Colorado Day, a Mountain of Reasons to Love Where We Live

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Got plans for Colorado Day this year? OK, maybe you didn’t know August 1 is Colorado Day—the (143rd) anniversary of the day Colorado became a state. And OK, it’s a Thursday, so maybe your plans are to work that day. Guess what—ours, too! But [...]

2019-10-28T10:05:31-06:00July 30th, 2019|2019, Blog, Unconsultants|0 Comments

In a Parallel Universe, Writing Flows Beautifully

(Photo by Ian Chen on Unsplash) By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In my previous blog on writing techniques, I focused on the use of active voice to improve sentence flow. This week—try to contain yourself—I discuss parallel construction. Using parallel construction helps your writing flow smoothly and makes it [...]

2019-06-03T11:30:40-06:00June 3rd, 2019|2019, Blog|0 Comments

2 Big Reasons to Vote in Denver’s Municipal Elections

(Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels) By Sandy Wiegand, Joining Vision and Action Copyeditor and Writer Denver’s municipal elections are May 7. Races are for mayor, city auditor, city clerk and recorder, and all 13 City Council seats. Voters will also decide on two ballot measures: the “Right to Survive” initiative and a measure to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. [...]

2019-04-24T10:31:28-06:00April 24th, 2019|2019, Advocacy and Action, Blog|0 Comments

Beyond Writing Rules: How to Make your Sentences Flow

(Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash) By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action It’s always surprising to me when my co-workers react with enthusiasm when I share grammar or writing rules. Despite having been the fourth-grader who diagrammed the tough sentences on the chalkboard, even I sometimes feel bored by, or [...]

2019-04-18T06:28:54-06:00April 17th, 2019|2019, Blog, Marketing & Communications|0 Comments

On International Women’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Women as Changemakers

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action March 8 is International Women’s Day. According to the United Nations, it’s “a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of [...]

2020-03-03T13:31:44-07:00March 5th, 2019|2019, Blog, Clients|0 Comments

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

Feeding the Giving Tree amid the Government Shutdown

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Do a quick online news search of the phrase “government shutdown and Denver nonprofits,” and you’ll get a lot of headlines about organizations stepping up their services to help furloughed government workers and those working without pay. Amid Shutdown, Nonprofit Helping Furloughed JeffCo Residents. [...]

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