Professional phone etiquette: Ask Amber

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

If you are applying for a job, submitting your application to graduate school or taking any sort of professional calls on your personal phone, it’s important to think of the message your phone etiquette is sending. Does your how you behave on the phone show that even in casual settings you present yourself with poise, or is your cell phone as dangerous as those photos you begged your friend not to tag on in Facebook? Most young professionals know how to clean up their social media accounts and wardrobe, but this week’s Ask Amber focuses on cleaning up your cell phone habits. Continue reading

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Steps to increase your productivity today: Ask Amber

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

If you’re staring at your to-do list wondering how to get everything done, then this blog is for you. This blog is also for you if that large lunch you just devoured has you in an afternoon food coma. This week, I want to focus on increasing productivity—no matter what the situation might be. After consulting some great sources on the subject, I am ready to share my favorite tips with you. The best part? These are all strategies you can start using today! Continue reading

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Finding a professional mentor: Ask Amber

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

Lately I have been seeing article after article, blog after blog and hearing personal story after story about the value of a professional mentor. For young professionals and/or anyone new to the nonprofit sector, a mentor can provide you with consistent and authentic guidance to help you achieve your professional goals. If you decide to seek out a professional mentor, here are some tips to find the right person and maximize the potential of this relationship. Continue reading

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Cutting through the noise: Optimizing your end-of-the-year appeal

By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting

While you may cringe to hear the words “end-of-year appeal” while it’s still 90 degrees outside, now is the time to start working on your appeal, before it gets lost in the noise of all the other tasks you have on your end-of-year to-do list and among all of the other nonprofits that are vying for donors. Continue reading

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Weighing benefits and organizational culture during the job hunt: Ask Amber

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

Comparing prospective employers may seem cut and dried for young professionals, but when researching nonprofits, there are a number of factors to consider. Because nonprofit budgets tend to be significantly smaller than those of corporate employers, nonprofits must often find other ways to draw and retain the best staff possible. The following are factors to consider when thinking through job offers—just be sure to discuss these details after you have been offered the job, not during the initial interview. Continue reading

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Preparing for a group interview: Ask Amber

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

As recruiters aim to keep up with the high volume of applicants and implement creative ways to find the perfect person for their organization, some have turned to group-style interviews to allow more job seekers the opportunity to speak with interviewers in person. Should you find yourself in an interview with multiple other applicants, it is important to put your best foot forward. This week I’ll offer tips on standing out in group interviews. Continue reading

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How to tell a story: Spellbinders shares tips for nonprofits

By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting

Spellbinders volunteer with rapt audience

Spellbinders is one of our favorite kinds of nonprofits—the kind that brings together two diverse groups for the benefit of both. In Spellbinders’ case, those two groups are elementary school (and sometimes older) kids and older adult volunteers (generally ages 60+, but not always) with a gift for storytelling. Once volunteers have received training on how to most effectively deliver their stories to engage young minds, they meet with the same class of students on a monthly basis to tell classic folktales, fables and sometimes stories of their own creation. This arrangement yields results for all involved: children boost their reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills as they listen and learn, elder volunteers are given a forum to share their accumulated wisdom, and adults and kids alike become more engaged in their communities and with each other.

We wanted to know what Spellbinders could teach us (and our nonprofit readers) about how to best convey our stories, be it stories about clients, stories about our work or stories about our mission—so we went right to the source—interviewing Catherine Johnson, Spellbinders’ executive director, and Ray Mohr, a longtime Spellbinders’ volunteer. Read on to hear what they had to say about how best to convey your nonprofit’s story: Continue reading

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Funders’ tips for effective grantwriting

By Amber Alarid, JVA Consulting

Kumella Aiu, program officer at the Anschutz Family Foundation and Art Rimando, former director of youth success at Mile High United Way share their insider tips with nonprofit participants at JVA’s August funder panel.

On Wednesday, August 15, JVA Consulting was joined by funding experts Art Rimando, former director of youth success at Mile High United Way and Kumella Aiu, program officer at the Anschutz Family Foundation. During an informative and engaging 90-minute session, Rimando and Aiu shared their insights on the grantwriting process and how nonprofits can position themselves for financial success. Here we have compiled a list of some of the funders’ tips for effective grantwriting. Continue reading

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