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Joy Dickinson guides nonprofits to solve organizational problems, plan for the future, and improve their financial sustainability. With decades of experience, Joy’s consulting work has helped nonprofits to expand services for vulnerable populations, build new buildings, develop staff capacity, improve donor relations, maneuver executive transitions, increase grant revenue, merge, explore new service models, set strategic goals, and more. Joy’s work is founded in her belief that better nonprofits make a better world.

Joy has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily serving health and human services related organizations. Joy has experience in fund development, grant writing, program evaluation, strategic planning, board development, and executive coaching. Present and past clients include: Salem Free Medical Clinics, Catholic Community Services, Volunteers of America, Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, Neighborhood Health Center, Wildlife Safari and more.

Through Joy's work, non-profits have been gifted and granted millions of dollars from a wide variety of sources, including family foundations, corporations, government agencies and individual donors. 

During Joy's time as the Grants and Contracts Officer at CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), CORA ranked #1 in the number of foundation grant awards, and #6 in total foundation amount received when compared to 200 related nonprofits in California. Read the full report here: 

Additionally, Joy has conducted evaluation projects for community gardens, tobacco cessation and healthy weight programs, and domestic violence agencies. Joy co-authored “Community Gardens: Lessons Learned from California Healthy Cities and Communities” article evaluating the impact of community gardens, published by the American Journal of Public Health.

Joy has her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from California State University, Sacramento and is a member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Joy lives in Portland, Oregon.

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