Monthly Archives: November 2009

Facebook users to decide winners of JPMorgan Chase grants

JPMorgan Chase has announced the launch of a $5 million community giving program on the social networking site Facebook that it hopes will inspire a new approach to corporate philanthropy. The Chase Community Giving program invites Facebook users to nominate … Continue reading

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Apply now for Year 3 of the Colorado Compassion Initiative

JVA Consulting is excited to announce that the application period for Year 3 of the Colorado Compassion Initiative (CCI) has officially begun. CCI is a capacity building program for faith-based and community organizations that provide services to people 55 and … Continue reading

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An online petition tool recently launched by will give individuals and small nonprofit organizations a new way to connect with people who share their passion. The petition builder can be found on the Web site and is accompanied … Continue reading

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Executive Director Academy graduates look to apply new knowledge

On November 19, JVA Consulting and friends celebrated the graduation of the Fall 2009 Executive Director Academy (EDA). Students from a variety of backgrounds in the nonprofit world—all desiring to reach their potential as nonprofit leaders—were recognized for completing the … Continue reading

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The everyday philanthropist: realizing the impact of modest donations

The everyday donor is emerging as philanthropy’s newest hero, according to an article recently published in The New York Times. Although attention toward smaller-size donations is often overshadowed by the coverage of million dollar gifts coming from the world’s wealthiest … Continue reading

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What’s on your to-do list before the end of the year?

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving! It’s also the time for JVA’s annual ritual of ordering our 2010 planners for next year. (Yes, even those of us who do everything electronically like ordering those wonderful books with tabs … Continue reading

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Building capacity to avoid the nonprofit starvation cycle

There is a cycle that fuels the persistent underfunding of overhead in the nonprofit sector, according to a report by Ann Goggins Gregory and Don Howard. In ‘The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle,’ Gregory and Howard examined four national nonprofit organizations, took … Continue reading

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Keeping your program relevant through assessment

In a blog recently posted at, Jan Masaoka compares stale programs in the nonprofit sector to an old fruitcake that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away. Like a fruitcake around the holidays, you may keep a struggling … Continue reading

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KBDI-TV to roll out Colorado Public News

According to The Associated Press, Denver-based broadcast station KBDI-TV is planning a nonprofit investigative news operation with a Web site and on-air program. KBDI-TV said this week it will launch the project when it raises an initial $400,000 in funding. … Continue reading

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Strengthening your online advocacy with YouTube

Last month, shared news about the launch of YouTube’s Nonprofit Program. This innovative and free program allows nonprofit organizations to insert links inside their videos so that viewers can be easily directed to the cause’s Web site. For this … Continue reading

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