“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change—this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision and fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.” —Bruce Barton
In the spirit of the New Year, change is on our minds, in the form of resolutions and goals. Nonprofit organizations and staff are thinking about it, as we map out the next fiscal or programming year.
We want 2012 to be better, to be more successful, and to operate more efficiently, through our use of better practices. In order to make the year better, we need to be better. We need to excel and improve, and to improve, we need to adapt, to evolve. Luckily, humans are equipped to do just that.
Romance. It’s not a concept typically associated with success in a nonprofit, but rest assured, it’s underlying in the very basic operations.
A romantic nonprofit, like a romantic partner:
- Proactively asks about your needs
- Listens with care and consideration
- Makes adjustments & delivers
So that’s what we did. And we thank you, our members, responding in full force to our 2011 YNPN member survey.
The results are in and we are listening closely to understand what will fulfill your needs in the future.
So what did we learn?Read more
Meet Three of Our New Board Members - Cary, Lauren and Lucas!
When asked to do a short article about us for The Bridge, our collective competitiveness kicked in. These were going to be the coolest most informative new board member intros to date. But why do just an article? How about a puppet show? Interpretive dance? A three act play in iambic pentameter?
Okay, so we didn’t come up with a way quite that epic to tell you a little about ourselves, but we all think you’ll enjoy watching these short videos. We decided to take you on location to a spot around the Twin Cities that has shaped who we are today, and why we’re excited to be a part of YNPN’s latest board recruits.Read more
Have you heard? The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is one of the nonprofits to watch in 2012, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Here in the Twin Cities, we hope you’ll be watching (and participating or helping) as we roll out our three year strategic plan. This plan has been in the works since this summer when the YNPN-TC Board gathered for a series of retreats to contemplate how to most strategically provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals and bring our vision closer to our reach.Read more
The following blog is by Adaobi Okolue.
I’ve been having this recurring dream that’s got me wondering what the next couple of years in nonprofit land (and my perceived state of freedom) will look like. In my dream, I’m making stops at local nonprofit organizations in one of those white cargo vans with conspicuous ’60s flower-printed curtains draped over the back windows.
Ignoring “no solicitation” signs, I walk up to front-desk personnel and assure them I have meetings with their executive directors. After introductions, I convince these executives to check out my new fundraisinggimmick tool (too heavy to carry up). As I open the van’s backdoor, the Stride Gum ram emerges from nowhere and catapults executive after executive into a black hole.Read more
What a year 2011 was for the YNPN Twin Cities blog. Fifty-two posts from twenty-eight different board members and volunteers, viewed over 16,000 times and with over 100 subscribers by RSS and email. Here are the top ten most popular of those posts, as voted by you the reader, with your clicks and your eyeballs. If you missed any of these the first time around, here's your chance to catch up!Read more
The phrase “Leading from the Middle” has been popping up all over the nonprofit world lately. From articles to blogs to conference breakout sessions, it seems people are quite eager to teach us how to “Lead from the Middle.”
After doing some research, asking around, and even requesting a fellow YNPNer do an e-news piece on the topic, I have come to a conclusion: “Leading from the Middle” is a flashy phrase with little substance.Read more
You've probably heard of the Charities Review Council...but do you really know what they do? Have you heard about their upcoming partnership for a diversity series in 2012? Bridget Ulrich sits down with Jamie Millard of the Charities Review Council to learn more about the organization and it's exciting new program on diversity and inclusion.Read more
The New Year has always been a signifier of change. That change may come in the form of a gym membership or to-do list. While some of us will be grunting in gym floor mirrors lifting 10lb weights, others—like our outgoing YNPN-TC board members Tom Basquill and Cat Beltmann—will be letting go of weight of a different kind. I recently caught-up with these two to talk about their overall board experience and what’s next.Read more