Trivia Night Meet-Up
Monday, July 14th
Bar Abilene, hosted by Jon Berry

Mission Statement Mixer
Wednesday, July 16th
Fulton Brewery

Emerging Leaders Network lunch: Fundraising 305
Friday, July 18th
12:00-1:00 pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 

Disc (Frisbee) Golf Meet-Up
Wednesday, July 23rd
Minnehaha Park, hosted by Elissa Schaufman

YNPN-TC & YEP-TC Night at the Guthrie
Tuesday, July 29th
7:30pm show, drinks afterwards
$15 = tix to "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike" plus a drink
Please Come 30 minutes before the show
Call Guthrie BO (612-377-2224) and ask for "YNPN" offer

Board Game Night Meet-Up
Thursday, August 14th
Chatterbox Pub, hosted by Elissa Schaufman



* 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.



Communication gaps: Road tripping without a map

by Kate Borman
Follow me on Twitter: @k8borman

Have you ever been ¾ into a project only for it to unexpectedly halt because others have different ideas or are not on the same page? We have all been there, and while it can be very frustrating, it simply suggests a misunderstanding.


But what if it this happens regularly? Then that one time misunderstanding turns into a communication gap, and it requires more than just the “do better next time” approach. It requires everyone involved to assess the problem, identify solutions, and take deliberate efforts to change the way you communicate. All relationships require intentional communication, whether it’s a conversation with your partner, colleague, or even your mother.

Our experiences, especially our failures, are our best teachers. When we find ourselves in undesirable situations, we often wish we had a redo button. But when you cannot hit redo, how do you identify the problem so that next time your outcome will be different? In my experience,when I’m faced with communication barriers, unintentional problems can have serious repercussions.

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10 life lessons from web design trends

by Jared Rendell
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Growing up, I was a science and math kid. I liked the facts, the memorization, even the tests. I liked the clear cut, yes or no, A + B = C answers. This seemed to bring me two things: decent grades, and the ability to check out of any creative thinking.  In college, a slow shift started without me knowing. My favorite class was my anatomy class, where one thing connects to another thing. Sounds cut and dry (no pun intended… maybe), but all of a sudden I found myself looking at the big picture of how and why the pieces fit together. I was thinking about connectivity, relationships, pathways, and purpose. I was design thinking. Fast forward a few years, and to my surprise I’m spending time outside of my day job designing websites for bloggers, churches, small business, and nonprofits.

Truth: technology is changing faster than we are, so maybe it has a few things to teach us. Here are a few things happening in web design lately, some thoughts on what they teach us about the world, and ourselves.

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Passion + your job: Breakfast of Champions with Lisa Lane

 by Julie Marquardt

We have been looking for our “passion” since high school. Our counselors said things like, “follow your heart,” “what do you think will make you happy,” or the ever favorite “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” If you were like me, you changed your major three times, ended up majoring in history, and learned more about what your passion was by the leadership positions you took, clubs you joined, and the people you met along the way.

That is where your passion collided with reality. I had the pleasure of collaborating on an internship with Tanya Cole, Director of Annual Giving at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Tanya told us interns that working in nonprofit tends to be a happy accident: something very few people intend on going into but end up using their skills, finding a passion, and making a career out of it. 

I couldn’t agree more.

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Why it's ok to cry at work

by Amelia Colwell Reedy
Follow me on Twitter:  @ameliareads

For a long time, when I cried in front of someone, the first words of out of my mouth were, “I’m sorry.” I guess I was sorry for what I assumed made them uncomfortable.

About a year ago, my mom and I took a trip to pack up my grandfather’s house. It had been a hard spring – in addition to his death, I had spent hundreds of hours and a healthy chunk of change to apply to grad school, only to be turned down. I was about to move to another state, and I had no idea what direction my life would take. 

On a break from packing boxes, my mom asked how I was feeling. I started crying. “I’m sorry, Mom,” I began.

“Why are you sorry?” she asked, “Your tears are telling you something. Honor your tears.”

So I resolved to stop saying, “I’m sorry” for crying. I didn’t apologize for crying, even – get this – at work. And an amazing thing happened – nothing.

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Pictures, infographics, social media: Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference recap

By Sara Pennebecker
Follow me on Twitter: @S_Penne

It’s only been a few short weeks after the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ 2014 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, and I have already begun to put some ideas into action.

I’m the Volunteer Center Program Manager for Community Thread, a small nonprofit located in Stillwater. With a staff of 11, we do not have one person that is solely in charge of communications or technology. Rather, it is up to many staff, including myself.  I was thrilled to attend this conference, as I wanted to learn more about engaging the public through technology and communications. A few takeaways remain in my mind:

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