EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute Info Session

Tuesday, April 21
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
RSVP soon, capacity is 25

EPIP-YNPN Leadership Cohort 2015

Application deadline: April 30th

Sustainable Investing

Friday, May 15
12:00 - 1:00pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

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The Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is a community of nonprofit staff, volunteers, supporters, and allies: current and future leaders who want to connect with others in the social sector.



Show US the Money

By Carl Atiya Swanson
Follow me on Twitter @catiyas 

"The state of worrying where your next meal is going to come from – you have uncertain income or you have more expenses than you can manage and you have to juggle all these things and constantly being pre-occupied about putting out these fires – takes up so much of your mental bandwidth, that you have less in terms of cognitive capacity to deal with things which may not be as urgent as your immediate emergency, but which are, nevertheless, important for your benefit in the medium or longer term."

That’s research fellow Anandi Mani quoted in The Guardian on the hypothesis of a study showing the negative effects of financial worry on decision-making. In the study, two groups – one rich and one poor – were given two test scenarios. The first scenario presented an “easy” car repair costing $150, and the second scenario presented a “hard” $1,500 repair, and then both groups took IQ puzzle tests while pre-occupied with their scenario. Both groups performed comparably on the easy repair, but the poor group struggled in the hard scenario. The study found that “their average IQ was 13 points lower when they were thinking about serious financial troubles.”

The study concluded that constant financial worry and uncertainty undermines decision-making ability and has an isolating, destructive effect. Many who work in social services see this as a matter of course with their jobs. Many of us in the nonprofit sector experience it on a different, organizational level – where concerns about things like funding, the source of the next grant, individual donations and rising overhead fuel a scarcity mindset and a culture of head-down worry, leading to poor decision-making focused on the short-term.

It doesn’t have to be that way though. One of our worst instincts about money is to keep it to ourselves. When you are in an organization trying to do as much as possible with your resources, sharing how money comes into the organization and where it is going helps an organization to better. One of the simplest ways for this to happen organizationally is through transparency, or radical transparency as it has come to be known. This transparency can be as detailed as knowing the performance reports of one’s colleagues, but starts with everyone knowing where the money is coming from and where it goes.

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What Can Gratitude Do For You?

By Anthony Parrish

If you work in nonprofits, then at some point you will bump into the people that fund nonprofits. What is the most important thing you can do in that moment? Thank You! It does not matter if you are at a gala, touring a site, or working on a project for your executive director, take a moment to express true gratitude to that partner. Donors are much more than a fiscal sponsor. They are (if you treat them right) lifelong advocates for the same mission you are passionately working for day-in and day-out.

Before you (or your organization) do anything else, acknowledge that a donor donated! When you buy something on Amazon you don’t have to wait days or weeks to know they appreciate your business – there is a email in your inbox the very minute you make the purchase. When someone buying toilet paper in bulk gets more acknowledgement than a donor trying to change the world does, there is something seriously wrong. So talk to your co-workers and figure out how you can prioritize that recognition. 

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Exploring the Twin Cities on a Budget


By Hannah Toedter

Being a transplant from “way up north,” I have discovered how important it is to get to know the city in which you live in order to feel at home and connected. It is important for us as humans to take a moment out of our busy schedules to relax and take in the city in all its beauty. 

So, here you will find a list of five ways you can explore the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area, while not hurting your wallet:

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Being Fearless

By Lindsay Bacher
Follow me on Twitter @lindsayinMPLS 

“She’s fearless.”

I had just put in my two weeks notice at my job and was informing my coworkers I was leaving. As I came around the corner of the cubicle, the grantwriter who sat across the hallway from me said those words to another coworker, shaking his head in admiration.

I’m very rarely stunned. But I was in that moment.

This man, whose personal and professional respect matters immensely to me, thought I was fearless by taking on new, bigger, more challenging work.

It’s not an adjective I’d apply to myself. I’m afraid of a lot of things: Snakes. Dying without saying important things to the important people in my life. My dogs dying. Snakes. Ok, so I’m mostly afraid of snakes and death. But fearless?

I work at a desk. My job is not dangerous. Being fearless in my work looks completely different than being fearless in a job where your safety is at risk. In some jobs, a healthy dose of fear is essential. Let me put that qualifier out there now.

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Peer Immersion: My Journey Through the EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute

By Naaima Khan
Follow Me On Twitter @naaimak

A year and a half into working for a big nonprofit that deals with complex community issues, I was struggling to get outside of my networking silo. It was taking enough time and energy to build rapport with people inside of (and working in partnership with) my organization, so I rarely had the energy to network outside (with the occasional exception of some people connected to my work).

Enter the EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute (EYLI or Leadership Institute, for short). When my friend first told me about how a bunch of young nonprofit professionals were self-organizing to co-create an institute for leadership development, I was more than intrigued. What could this experience look like? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to network with like-minded professionals at similar points in their careers? What could we accomplish with all that collective talent?

All these questions (and the sheer excitement of knowing many fun people who were passionate about EYLI) made me want to apply. Fast forward to when I accepted the invitation to join the Leadership Institute – I was in for quite a ride!

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