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Innovating in the Sector: MAP TechWorks

main.jpgLast month I tweeted an infographic that displayed the Top 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords Advertising—a whopping 97 percent of Google’s revenue stream ($33.3 billion). Guess what keyword—the words people search for on Google—slid its size two-syllable body into the technology giant’s number seven spot? Go ahead, guess. Done? Do-nate. We should all be familiar with this word since it often seems to go hand-in-hand with another familiar word: non-prof-it. 

Nevertheless, outside of the occasional Tweet, Facebook post and e-blast, I would safely bet that technology wouldn’t gather as much focus if a similar list was made by a number of nonprofits.

MAP TechWorks—an initiative of MAP for Nonprofits funded by the ADC Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way—wants to change that by making technology doable for nonprofits. I caught-up with Rick Birmingham, senior technology circuit rider, and Cary Lenore Walski, technology education and outreach coordinator, from MAP for Nonprofits to get the shakedown on this community resource. 

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Hungry for Nonprofit Knowledge? Don't Skip the Subsector Smorgasbord!

On August 24, YNPN-TC will be serving up an incredible buffet of 17 seasoned professionals for an all-you-can-eat platter of nonprofit knowledge. These individuals are generously providing an evening of their time to answer questions you have about what it takes and what it’s like to work in a wide sampling of nonprofit subsectors. 

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Potholes and Detours: Navigating Through Career Construction

main.jpgWe’ve all had that moment in our lives where we sit down and think, "This is not where I envisioned being five years ago."

Perhaps you had this moment while serving tables at a local bar -- or perhaps, like me, you were hit by the economic tsunami and found a huge roadblock in your career path.

Let me paint the picture that many of us are getting to know so well.

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Getting wrapped in the web of influence

The following blog is by Jeff Achen (guest post).

There’s a new vernacular that’s creeping into communication job descriptions in all sorts of industries including our own. I’ve been intrigued by one phrase in particular: “an understanding of the social web.”

Have you seen it? What’s your take on it? More importantly, do you have an understanding of the social web?

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Where in the World to Meet? A Mini-Review of Twin Cities Meeting Spaces

Figuring out a meeting space that fits your group size and budget can be a real challenge. But you’re in luck, we did the work for you! The Twin Cities is chocked full of great free and low-cost meeting gems. We broke them down in our easy to use guide. So go get meeting!

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Pack (and Unpack) Wisely: Confessions of a serial transplant

main.jpgSo, 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. 

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A mini-guide for getting realistic about your aspirations

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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.

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Art of Hosting: Getting Grounded For Our Next Steps

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)!

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Member Spotlight | Who is Fred Onyancha?

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.

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You're Too Young to Burn Out! 5 Tips for Getting Back Your Nonprofit Passion

main2.jpgPassion. 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.

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