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Takeaways from Trish: Highlights of a visit from YNPN's National Director

Many of you met Trish Tschume, YNPN’s National Director, during her visit to the Twin Cities last month. Trish participated in our Leadership Story Swap event, presented at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference and joined YNPN-TC board members and volunteers at an informal potluck. I asked our members to reflect on Trish’s time here in the cities and share their biggest takeaways from her visit.

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The Scoop| News from Our Members

YNPN-TC members are all over the place, from the MCN Nonprofit Essentials Conference to MinnPost and more! Check out what our members have been up to lately in July's edition of The Scoop.

Here's what's new with our members this month:

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Financial Sanity for the Young Nonprofit Professional

Ever felt like one of the people pictured above? Well, you’re in good company. In 2010, Thrivent Financial and Kiplinger asked folks how they felt about their financial situation. More than 30% said they were “struggling” and another 24% said they were “worried.”  Check out more survey findings and take the survey to see how you compare. The point is, many of us don’t feel very good about our money.

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Out of Your Field: How to Be Successful Without Expertise

main.jpgI openly acknowledge that I am the outlier at my organization.

As Communications Coordinator at Nonprofits Assistance Fund, I do not dream budgets nor get excited over financial statements. In school, I never took a single stats or finance class. While I have learned to read a balance sheet or a loan document over the past year, I am by no means the “go-to” person on those topics. In fact, I can tell you with utmost certainty that I will never be a finance guru. My roots are planted deep in the arts and humanities, where my passion grows from words and design standards.

Despite my lack of affinity for all things finance, it’s my job to tell the story of this organization focused on just that: the nuts and bolts of nonprofit finance. How do I do it?

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Creating Leader-full Spaces

by Leah Lundquist
follow me on Twitter: @leahlundquist 

YNPN Twin Cities was fortunate to get a visit recently from YNPN National’s first ever formal director, Trish Tchume. She is an all-around amazing leader and has been doing ridiculously great things for YNPN’s sector-wide visibility. That being said, the emergence of a formal director for an organization that has been in existence for 15 years—with a highly distributed leadership structure—raises an interesting question: how doorganizations strike the elegant balance of structuring just enough of a container for great ideas and action to flow in and out, but not so much that individuals feel like cogs in the machinery? 

Trish and a few of us from the YNPN Twin Cities board co-led a session at Minnesota’s annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference on this topic. The idea for this session came out of a nationwide study YNPN National undertook last year to test out the most heavily promoted strategies for leadership development in the nonprofit sector. They found that, compared with the other strategies posited in their survey, shared leadership didn’t have a lot of energy behind it.

 

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Recruiting and retaining volunteers like a pro

The following blog is by David Zeller

main.jpgCampaign season is ramping up once again, and with that, floods of emails asking for donations from the Presidential campaigns all the way down to local city and county elections, not to mention all of the amendment groups.

Little, though, is asked of the individual. In fact, many people are unable to give out of their pocket book, but would absolutely love to give their time, if only they were asked.

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Part 2 | Digging in the bush: A conversation with Peter Hutchinson

If you’ve made it to part two of my interview with Peter Hutchinson, you’ve discovered this isn’t an Oprah-like special on the former Bush Foundation president’s resignation. (If you missed part one and feel even slightly inclined, by all means check it out.) Maybe he’ll grant that interview someday—if there is something more to tell—but for part two of our discussion, we delved into greatness and its meaning for nonprofits and a Gen X/Y-coined phrase—work/life balance.

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Responsible for Culture

How boards define how an organization looks, works and feels

It’s easy to understand many of the responsibilities of a board once you know what they are. Budgets, hiring approval, membership confirmations, and executive salary are all concrete decisions to make with very definitive results. The complication comes with the fact that board responsibilities do not stop there. Leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational culture may all also be direct charges of the board or its committees. It’s often difficult to see what sorts of decisions or activities the board could be involved in that may address these abstract goals. Lucky for you… you’ve got On Board!

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Responsible for Culture: How boards define how an organization looks, works and feels

It’s easy to understand many of the responsibilities of a board once you know what they are. Budgets, hiring approval, membership confirmations, and executive salary are all concrete decisions to make with very definitive results. The complication comes with the fact that board responsibilities do not stop there. Leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational culture may all also be direct charges of the board or its committees. It’s often difficult to see what sorts of decisions or activities the board could be involved in that may address these abstract goals. Lucky for you… you’ve got On Board!

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Event Recap| Scattershot Cafe

main.jpgSummer weekends are revered in the Twin Cities - free festivals, lake and trail adventures, flex Fridays, and Vitamin D replenishment - yet a few dozen YNPN members and potential members spent part of their Saturday, May 19 at one of 11 coffee shops throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul to network in their neighborhood.

Inaugurally organized in a more grassroots effort to engage members in a uniquely formatted way on a new day of the week, the Scattershot Cafes gave attendees the opportunity to really dig into a topic and connect with a smaller group of people. Coffee talk topics ranged from community-based topics for transplants and former AmeriCorps members to advanced professional development talks on starting a nonprofit consulting firm and how to worry less about the financial state of nonprofits.

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