Recently I wrote an essay for mnartists.org about the rising popularity of collaborative arts projects and a “Do It Together” vs. Do It Yourself ethos in the Twin Cities (Do It Together? Patience, cricket, I’ll explain). Although the article was focused on the Minneapolis arts scene, rereading it got me thinking about how the Do-It-Together concept could be applied to almost any creative or professional culture, including nonprofits. And lo and behold, just like that I had organically stumbled upon the perfect topic for this blog All. By. My. Self.
Err… hold on a second. That’s actually a stone cold, rock hard lie right there.
A few days ago magician-of-all-trades YNPN board member Chris Oien casually suggested the idea to me and I was sold. Do It Together, kids.Read more
If you’ve been following this three-part series on board service (check out part 1 and part 2), you know that finding the right board to serve on is a nuanced adventure. Besides your time, talents and desires, you have to consider the purpose of the board and the organization’s needs and wants. Before making that final decision on whether or not to join the board, you should also take a closer look at the organization’s size, funding and culture.Read more
The following blog is by James Faghmous
“Hi my name is James, it’s nice to finally meet you!” “Oh yes! You’re the fellow who blogs on FaceSquare, iPosts on Android and Twitters on Google! Can you fix my computer?”
This is a typical conversation occurring at intergenerational organizations across the sector, and it highlights just how many nonprofits don’t value young professional contributions and qualities except for when it comes to troubleshooting.
by Chris Oien and Kelly Rowan
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This past Tuesday, YNPN Twin Cities was pleased to co-sponsor the 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, which brought together 450 of our peers around the theme of "Leading Beyond Limits". While this platform set the stage for timely content to help us all be more nimble, resourceful, innovative and resilient in our work, there was an equally healthy dose of encouragement toward defining healthy boundaries as leaders in our communities.Read more
In this edition of Q&As, I caught up with Lars Leafblad—recently named the "most networked" man in the Twin Cities—to discuss the ins and outs of becoming a top-notch networker. Find out what skill Lars says is even more important than networking, and how you can learn to do it!Read more
YNPN is happy to welcome another new board member into the fold! Meet Jenna Wade, Communications Specialist for Fresh Energy. We want you to get to know her, and what better way than direct from the source? Hear from Jenna as she answers 7 questions from us about her professional and personal life.Read more
Change is hard, but making a career change can be harder.
My dream job is to work in a rural African village doing community development and education alongside my wife, who is a nurse. At first, I really struggled making the leap to Africa in my mind and career, but now I’m slowly taking steps to my dream job.Read more
Diversity and the nonprofit sector’s struggles with it are on the minds of many young nonprofit professionals these days. With that in mind, YNPN Twin Cities made it a priority this year to carve out space to have those conversations. We kicked it off a couple months back with a very in-demand event about Race and Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector. And on June 1, we moved it online—cohosting the monthly Twitter #ynpchat (young nonprofit professionals chat) on the subject of diversity.Read more
You may have heard the saying “if you’ve seen one board you’ve seen one board,” but what exactly does that mean? Boards have the same responsibilities at the most fundamental level; however, I’ve seen first-hand in my work as a consultant and board member that boards can vary dramatically. These differences can have an impact on the experience you'll have and the work you'll do.
In Demystifying Board Service Part I, I wrote about knowing what you want to give and get out of board service and how to match that with what a board needs. But to really ensure a great fit—one where you can make the best use of your time and talents─you have to understand the board’s composition and function.Read more
Whether you’ve researched grant opportunities, written a grant application or received funding from a foundation, you know that foundations play an important role in supporting and sustaining the nonprofit community. But, how much do you actually know about foundations? Do you know what distinguishes a private foundation from a public foundation? Or, how many foundations are located in Minnesota?
No? Neither did I, so for May’s Emerging Leaders Network Lunch, Stephanie Jacobs from the Minnesota Council on Foundations joined us to help clear up a little of the mystery that seems to surround foundations. Here's the scoop.Read more