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Survey: 52 percent of adults 18­–64 use social media

According to a new report released by Pew Research Center, social media use is up 45 percent for adults 18–64 since February 2005. Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next looks at the values, attitudes and experiences of the Millennial generation while also shedding light on…

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Giving thankfully on Thanksgiving

By Scot Kersgaard, JVA Consulting Happy Thanksgiving. Events in Ferguson, Cleveland and around the world leave many of us with heavy hearts and aching souls. That doesn’t mean we give up the holidays. Perhaps it means we ask a little more of ourselves this year,…

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Between Now and Colorado Gives Day: Last Minute Efforts

By Scot Kersgaard, JVA Consulting Last year, 1440 nonprofits raised an average of $14,500 each on Colorado Gives Day, for a total statewide give and take of $20.9 million. This year, 1600 nonprofits will participate in the December 9 event, says Community First Foundation Manager…

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CAN-SPAM Rules: What You Need to Know About Commercial Emails

By Nikki Holland-Plum, JVA Consulting Most of us know what a “spammy” email looks like, but you may not know that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) spam. commercial email, whether it is sent to one recipient or is sent to a list, that promotes a…

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Lucille Echohawk looks back… and moves forward

By Scot Kersgaard, JVA Consulting For Lucille Echohawk, it has always been about the children. That is unlikely to change with her recent retirement from her position as executive director of Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC). She joked at a retirement party last month…

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JVA and community leaders discuss the future of “opportunity youth” in Denver

 By Nikki Holland-Plum, JVA Consulting Recently, JVA participated in an important project to learn more about Denver’s “opportunity youth”—young people ages 16–24 who are out of school and out of work. The Denver’s Opportunity Youth Collaborative Community Forum took place on March 17, 2014 at Mile High…

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10 Tips for Rock-Solid Customer Service

By Angie Davlyn, JVA Consulting It’s not rocket science to understand that customers who receive excellent service are happier and more likely to rate your organization highly. Do you also know that customer service is as good for your organization as it is for your…

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The Business of Doing Good

By Emily Joy, JVA Consulting The Kompound, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness studio in Littleton, was founded in 2010 by Amir Stephen, a former police officer and high school basketball coach. Amir was not only pursuing his passion for fitness but also saw a…

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Community–it’s all what you make it

By Scot Kersgaard I sat on the stoop–the old cement steps that led from the sidewalk up to my corner yard–with a beer in hand, watching nothing in particular as the life of the city, of my neighborhood, unfolded in front of me. Soon enough…

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Align Yourself and Your Organization and Happiness Will Follow

By. Scot Kersgaard If you’ve ever been to a JVA training or participated in a JVA –led strategic planning session, the odds are you’ve given some thought to what your organization’s core values are, what your strategic vision is. You might even stand in front…

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