So, Twin Cities, you think you’re pretty great with your high volunteer rates, your appeal to young professionals, and all your other chart-topping, quality-of-life rankings you’ve pulled in? But where do you fall on the list of Best Cities for Transplants? Turns out, there isn’t such a list. Really, it’s subjective and unique to each transplant, so such a ranking may be flawed from the start.
The truth is, Twin Cities, you are pretty great. I’m guilty of the list-effect – I moved here in search of a robust nonprofit culture, rooted in progressive and organic organizing, professional in its volunteerism and appealing to young people who aren’t quite hipster, but want to pretend like they are for a couple years of their young lives.Read more
Complete my master’s degree, teach myself Spanish, stop biting my nails.These are all goals of mine. One I am currently pursuing (Spanish). One I have failed at miserably time and time again (nails). And one I have penciled in my five-year plan (master’s degree).
Most of us have visions for our future. According to Psychology Today, whether personal or professional, goals are important to keep us feeling focused, productive and happy. However, as the Facebook updates continue to pop up on our smartphones, to-do lists get longer and weekend plans are made, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or distracted.Read more
by Kelly Rowan
follow me on Twitter: @kellykay30
"Successful leaders are able to disappoint their followers at a rate they can tolerate." – Ronald Heifetz
Mac Antigua and Bryan Schachtele opened our 2011 YNPN Twin Cities’ board retreat with these interesting words from Ronal Heifetz. Not the jolt of inspiration you might expect a facilitator to use to get a group of board members riled up, but it was exactly what we needed to ground us in the reality of some of our tough challenges ahead. With that said, we have much to be optimistic and enthusiastic about (stay tuned)!Read more
The Vitals: Name, Current City, Age
Fred Onyancha, Apple Valley, 33
Where do you work and what’s your position?
I am an IT Analyst at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, and I’ve been there for seven years.
Passion. It’s perhaps the largest driver of quality work in the nonprofit sector. We choose to do what we do–often for less money than we could get elsewhere–because we want to work for a cause we love. We want to stand for something. We want to do good.
But it’s hard to maintain a high level of passion all the time. That’s when burn out sets in–even for young nonprofit professionals. The long hours, the wearing of many hats and the tight budgets get to us, and we find ourselves trying to discover that passion again.Read more
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
follow us on Twitter: @coien and @kellykay30
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