YNPN-TC Karaoke Member Meet-Up
Wednesday April 23
The Hole Sports Lounge (2501 University Ave SE, Mpls)

We'd Be MIA Without You
Thursday, April 24th
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S., Mpls
Enjoy a scavenger hunt in the museum and learn about volunteering with YNPN-TC!

Save the Date: YNPN National Conference
June 26, 27, & 28
Minneapolis/St. Paul
For more info, click here!



* 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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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.


Public Policy 101 for the Nonprofiteer

by Rinal Ray
follow me on Twitter: @uptownRinky

These days, I spend some time at the Minnesota Capitol complex. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who knows the ins-and-out of the political process and political maneuvering. I’ve realized in the last few weeks, I’ve got a ways to go before I can spout off different political scenarios and predict  how a particular piece of legislation will move through the legislature.  What I do know is that nonprofits and YOU have an important role to play in statewide policy making. Together, we can make a policy difference that will impact the lives of real Minnesotans. Most policy decisions are informed by lobbyists, interested parties, and constituents who voice their opinions to legislators. It is part of the democratic tradition and helps find real solutions to help real people.

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Becoming boss

by Leah Lundquist
follow me on Twitter: @leahlundquist

No millennial I know particularly wants to end up like Michael Scott, beloved by his employees in a pitiful way. No, we all want to be Tony Hsieh of Zappos, crushing organizational hierarchy in the name of productivity and passion. Or Liz Lemon, somehow getting a show on the air even while managing crazy, egocentric actors and immature, oftentimes lazy writers. But making the leap from the very lowest of the food chain to having people to supervise isn’t easy. We talk a lot about “managing up” as Millennials - what about when we start managing “down”? 

I recently made this leap myself. This past fall, I went from managing the work of no one to managing a single person and then to managing 5 within a matter of a couple months. Now – disclaimer here – I work in an academic environment where my supervisees are students, so none of them are FTEs. I’d argue, however, that supervising individuals on their second priority (school being #1) and close in age to me or older adds to the supervision challenge and provides even more qualification for what I’m about to share.  

Most of our organizations probably wouldn’t buck the organizational titles and chart for a Zappos-esque holacracy anytime soon,- so we might as well work with the hierarchies we’ve got and be the best, most empowering supervisors we can be.

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Logic models, KPIs, goals, oh my!

by Kate Borman
Follow me on Twitter: @k8borman

We’re approaching the third month of the year, about the time when most New Year’s resolutions start to look a lot less shiny and promising. We’ve all been there, where we set these amazing, lofty goals to accomplish in the next year. Starting in the early 2000s, I started setting the number of goals or resolutions based off the year. For example, I would set 14 goals for 2014. But last year I stopped using this method because it simply wasn’t working. I would set these lofty goals without any true ways of measuring progress.

Last fall I participated in a number of professional development opportunities. I helped plan logic models at my nonprofit. I took a Fundamentals of Project Management course. I co-presented a session on using KPIs to set analytic goals. All three of these professional development opportunities use different methods. Yet, not so surprising, all three methodologies have similar objectives: to meet the end goal.

After learning about these methodologies, I realized they are not only applicable to my 9-to-5. I often find when I set personal goals, I do so without clear direction. I rarely set milestones or benchmarks – which really is only a recipe for disaster. So I write this blog post with the intent of sharing my knowledge so that when we set goals, any type of goal, we don’t do so blindly.

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From herding cats to busy bees: Effective committee management

by Katie Tharp
Follow me on Twitter: @DangerKate


“Another committee?!” Ever hear that? Committees can be plagued with problems: lack of focus, talking without doing anything, or meetings that waste time. They must be well managed in order to be an effective, as well as fun, way to get work done.

Here are a few types of committees:

  • Staff committees
  • Volunteer committees
  • Volunteer committees with staff support (i.e. a small number of staff attends and participates in meetings)

Committees may be ongoing, like a finance committee, or have a defined shelf life, like an event planning task force.

My experience includes being staff coordinator for a lot of committees, as well as being a member and chair of various volunteer committees (with or without staff support). I’m also the 2014 chair of YNPN-TC’s programming committee, which plans all our great events and programs! (Sign up here for more info on volunteering!) In my experience, the goal of managing a committee is to empower its members to feel ownership and responsibility so they will work together to take action.

With this goal in mind, here are some things you can focus on to help your committee run more effectively:

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Accountability, millennials, and data: Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting review


by Kyle Bozentko
Follow on Twitter: @kylebozentko

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting with nearly two-hundred regional data-lovers.  The theme of the meeting was "Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy.”

To provide a frame of reference for the event and demonstrate the importance of this cohort to our state’s future, MN Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter, pointed out a couple of noteworthy facts regarding Millennials in Minnesota: 

  • At 28%, Millennials currently constitute the largest percentage of the state's population (Boomers came in a close second at 25%).

  • Millennials maintain a high rate ("above average" was the exact phrase) of civic engagement through activities such as voting and volunteering - ranking 2nd in voting and 6th in volunteering compared to peers from other states.

Despite this, the actual makeup of the audience highlighted some tensions regarding Millennials, the workplace, civic engagement, and leadership – themes present in several recent YNPN posts and events.  While the focus of the Annual Meeting was squarely on Millennials, there were relatively few of us in attendance - just 15% of the audience.  

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