Category Archives: Celebrities

How does your leader affect your business—lessons from TOMS shoes

By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting Many nonprofits have very visible, charismatic leaders. In the wake of the Komen debacle, and the public scrutiny of leader Nancy G. Brinker’s personal life, it seems that increased scrutiny of charity leaders and their … Continue reading

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The power of individual leaders in fundraising

by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting At JVA Consulting, a week doesn’t go by that I don’t talk about the power of individual leaders in fundraising. There’s clear evidence that individuals of all backgrounds and wealth categories can have influence in … Continue reading

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How the Flobots empower youth and create social change through music

By Collin Lessing, JVA Consulting At a recent community meeting for Colorado Youth At Risk’s mentoring program at Aurora Central High School, we were privileged to have Jamie Laurie (a.k.a. Jonny 5) of the Flobots as a guest facilitator. In … Continue reading

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How our presidents give: Should Barack Obama talk to Joe Biden about his charitable giving?

by Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting Grantwriter/Editor The White House blog and an article in the Star Tribune recently revealed the giving preferences of the Obamas, Bidens, Bushes and Cheneys. The Obamas donated a combined total of $329,100 to a variety … Continue reading

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Prominent suicides force the question, “What can we do?”

by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting I recently heard the story of actor Andrew Koenig’s death in Canada and I thought, “Whoa, that story is uncomfortably too familiar!” Next, I realized that my brow was furrowed, jaw clenched and I was … Continue reading

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Elton John’s foundation continues to grow through evaluation

by Collin Lessing, JVA Marketing/Communications Coordinator The Nuggets and the Avalanche weren’t the only hot tickets at the Pepsi Center this week. Elton John and Billy Joel were in town on Monday night and performed in front of a sold-out … Continue reading

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Olympic medalist Hannah Teter is also a champion of philanthropy

If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics, there are probably three names that stand out: The Animal, The Flying Tomato and Shaun White. The snowboarding and skateboarding prodigy won his second Olympic gold medal this year and has been a … Continue reading

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Wyclef Jean’s charity—a cautionary tale about the importance of nonprofit transparency

By Collin Lessing, JVA Consulting One thing I’ve always appreciated about Wyclef Jean—along with his music—is that he uses his fame to raise awareness for his home country of Haiti. In 2005, Wyclef used his resources as a music star … Continue reading

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What do the Tiger Woods headlines mean for nonprofits?

To preface, this is not a story about Tiger Woods. This is a story about the impact  the recent series of events regarding Tiger Woods have on Nonprofit Street. Back in 1996, when Woods’ pro golf career began to take … Continue reading

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Top Nonprofit Street blog posts of 2009

Here is a roundup of what our readers in 2009 were most interested in. Not surprisingly, most of them addressed in some way or another the lifeblood of nonprofits: FUNDING! With a new president in office, the post JVA Consulting … Continue reading

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