Emerging Leaders Networking Lunch
Friday, Dec. 18
12 - 1 p.m.
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.






We provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals.

We envision a world where young nonprofit professionals:

• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

Our values:

โ— We strive for respect and inclusiveness
โ— We seek opportunities to collaborate
โ— We respond to the evolving needs of our community

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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.



We Have Been Here Before

By Jennifer Nicklay

Author's Note: I am a white, female, middle class millennial. I must not be (and most certainly am not) the only person raising my voice in response to violence at home and around the world. In many ways, this isn’t my story to tell – I hope you turn to others like Mica Grimm, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Al Flowers, Jeremiah BeyAshley Fairbanks, Adja Gildersleve, Lena Gardner, or the many other outspoken activists who live this every day. But I am responsible for writing this week’s YNPN-TC blog, and my conscience and heart demanded I use the platform to speak on this violence. I am raising my voice, even with all its imperfections and limitations, as an ally and a witness.

Editor's Note: Please also read YNPN-TC’s statement about recent events and we must do to live out YNPN's values of connecting through purpose, challenging to change and leading together.

It has been a hard week. A heart-breaking week. An excruciating week. We’ve watched acute violence and grief – in LebanonNigeriaFrance, Syria, Israel/PalestineIraq, Mali. Then, we saw the violence and grief come home to Minneapolis.

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A statement to YNPN Twin Cities members

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities grieves the death of Jamar Clark, and the subsequent conflict and trauma in the aftermath of protests and police actions. We also mourn the deaths and destruction caused by the terrorist attacks across the world in the last week - we mourn for victims in Beirut, Paris, Yola, Bamako and beyond. Our sadness extends to our Muslim friends and community members who are experiencing discriminatory behavior and rhetoric, including being asked to apologize on behalf of terrorists.

YNPN Twin Cities’ core values are to connect through purpose, challenge to change and lead together. The Islamophobia and racism displayed in our community inherently contradicts our core values. Our colleagues, friends and members are experiencing difficult and traumatic events, and we stand in solidarity with them. We support those who have stood up for justice, compassion, nonviolence and transparency.

In our Twin Cities home, the death of Jamar Clark has exposed tensions built on a legacy of racism and immense disparities impacting our community right now. All organizations are collectives of individuals and are susceptible to carrying the same fallibilities that individuals can have and perpetuate across generations. We want to specifically call out that nonprofits are not immune to this pattern. This includes police departments and governing bodies.

We fully acknowledge that the nonprofit sector is a product of and operates within the context of the same systems that perpetuate racism and implicit biases. In light of this, we call on young nonprofit professionals in the Twin Cities to hold strong to our value of "striving for respect and inclusiveness" and our vision of "challenge to change." We believe this requires us to take a critical look at ourselves, our work, and our communities. We believe this requires us to expect more and take an active part in creating equitable solutions that put an end to hatred and promote inclusivity and mutual respect.

YNPN Twin Cities encourages our members to live out our values of connecting through purpose, challenging to change, and leading together, all grounded in diversity, access and inclusion. We encourage you to have a conversation with someone who thinks differently from you, and to seek out organizations and resources that are working to end racism and Islamophobia.

We look forward to hearing from you, our members. YNPN Twin Cities commits to creating a safe space to discuss and grow together, and invite you to join us in future conversations and programming about how the events of the last week have impacted us, how we can do better as a community, and how we hold each other accountable to live out our values.


YNPN Twin Cities Board of Directors


Equity and Fakequity

By Rinal Ray
Follow me on Twitter: @uptownRinky

What does it take to actually bring about equity in the nonprofit sector and communities?

I think about this question a lot, particularly in the context of the nonprofit workforce and leadership. Minnesota tops the national lists as the most educated, literate and healthy. But, it also tops the lists indicating the highest educational, employment and health disparities in communities of color. Minnesota is great at everything, including disparities. Nonprofits play an important role in all of these areas of inequity in our communities, and Minnesota's nonprofit staff, leaders and boards are not reflective of the communities in which we work.

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Give to the Max Day, Everyday

By Mallory Mitchell
Follow me on Twitter: @MalMitch1079

Since the wild success of the Ice Bucket Challenge last year, the impact of successful social media marketing has become a hot topic among nonprofits. Personally, after seeing countless friends douse themselves with iced water in the name of charity, I started to look more closely at how my favorite nonprofits use social media. Unfortunately, I see too many nonprofits’ Facebook pages that haven’t been updated since 2014 and Twitter accounts with ten posts per day. Navigating social media can be a difficult task for marketing purposes—and a daunting one for fundraising.

Thankfully, GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day is a statewide crowdfunding initiative that makes it easier to use social media for fundraising. It’s unprecedented growth each year is a testament to the importance of crowdfunding in modern fundraising. If your organization isn’t capitalizing on crowdfunding through social media, here’s why it should:

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Living Life With Intention

By Sarah J.K. Sheldon
Find me on Twitter: @sarahjksheldon

As millennials, we are often blamed for being self-centered and self-focused - a claim which I whole-heartedly deny. Just look at the sheer number of volunteer hours and interest in the nonprofit sector of our generation! One thing I blame for this misconception is our interest in living our lives with intention. Growing up, we were told by our baby-boomer parents that we could do and be whatever we wanted to be – the world was our oyster. Now that we’re stepping into the “real world,” we want to get out of it everything we can. We want to live less out of habit and more out of intent, but sometimes that can be difficult.

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