Monthly Archives: September 2009

Remembering Phyllis…

Phyllis Bigpond left us on Saturday, Sept. 26, after a two-year valiant battle with brain cancer. I tried to capture what we knew of Phyllis the professional in another article. Here, I want to remember the friend, who no matter … Continue reading

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Giving yourself the time, space and training to Write a Grant in a Day©

We have all had this experience, deciding THIS will be the day we tackle writing a new grant proposal, or finishing an old one. We’re entering the last quarter of this year, and know that we shouldn’t send funders the … Continue reading

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A sad day in Colorado: Announcement about Phyllis Bigpond

It is with great sadness that we at JVA Consulting pass along this announcement issued today by the Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) about our friend Phyllis Bigpond: Phyllis J. Bigpond, founding Executive Director of the Denver Indian Family … Continue reading

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Build community based on assets, not needs

Guest blog by: Angela Bomgaars, Extreme Community Makeover Director What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “community development”?  Through the social work classes I took in college and through other organizations and experiences I have been connected with … Continue reading

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Top 10 reasons to be a nonprofit executive director

10 You always wondered what NPO stood for. And now you get to be part of the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. According to The Nonprofit Almanac 2008, published by Urban Institute Press, the sector’s role in the … Continue reading

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Quick facts about individual donors…

At JVA Consulting, we are always collecting research about fundraising and what works. Here are some of our favorite facts about individual donors. Looking at these drives us to one clear conclusion: This is why nonprofits should make sure fundraising … Continue reading

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Evaluation Matters

The Urban Institute in partnership with the World Bank Group Community Outreach Program recently released a report chronicling the evaluation experiences of four youth-serving nonprofits. Each of the four organizations participated in the East of the River Initiative, a multi-year … Continue reading

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Expert instruction, resources and networking offered for current and hopeful nonprofit executive directors

On October 6, sessions will begin for JVA’s fifth Executive Director Academy (EDA). Started in 2007, EDA has helped nonprofit leaders from across the region and the country develop the abilities needed to succeed as an executive director. The seven-week … Continue reading

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IdeaEncore and JVA’s Grant Proposal Checklist

Many of you attending JVA’s grantwriting trainings know about our JVA Grant Proposal Checklist—the important form we use to ensure that when your grant proposal goes out, all the “i”s are dotted and the “t”s are crossed. We’ve all heard … Continue reading

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