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Thank you, outgoing board members!

main.jpgFive amazing YNPN-TC Board Members are finishing up their terms at the end of the year: Carl Atiya Swanson, Brandon Boat, Cary Walski, Madeline Graham, and Chris Oien.

How can we say thank you to these individuals who have contributed so much to YNPN-TC?

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We have been here before

main.jpgNote: I am a white, female, middle class millennial. I must not be (and most certainly am not) the only person raising my voice in response to violence at home and around the world. In many ways, this isn’t my story to tell – I hope you turn to others like Mica Grimm, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Al Flowers, Jeremiah Bey, Ashley Fairbanks, Adja Gildersleve, Lena Gardner, or the many other outspoken activists who live this every day. But I am responsible for writing this week’s YNPN-TC blog, and my conscience and heart demanded I use the platform to speak on this violence. I am raising my voice, even with all its imperfections and limitations, as an ally and a witness. You can also read YNPN-TC’s statement on recent events here.

It has been a hard week. A heart-breaking week. An excruciating week. We’ve watched acute violence and grief – in LebanonNigeriaFrance,SyriaIsrael/PalestineIraqMali. Then, we saw the violence and grief come home to Minneapolis.

On Sunday, November 15, Jamar Clark was shot and killed by police officers in North Minneapolis. In the days following Jamar Clark’s death – ruled a homicide by the medical examiner – protesters have demanded truth, transparency, and justice.

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A statement to YNPN Twin Cities members

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities grieves the death of Jamar Clark, and the subsequent conflict and trauma in the aftermath of protests and police actions. We also mourn the deaths and destruction caused by the terrorist attacks across the world in the last week - we mourn for victims in Beirut, Paris, Yola, Bamako and beyond. Our sadness extends to our Muslim friends and community members who are experiencing discriminatory behavior and rhetoric, including being asked to apologize on behalf of terrorists.

YNPN Twin Cities’ core values are to connect through purpose, challenge to change and lead together. The Islamophobia and racism displayed in our community inherently contradicts our core values. Our colleagues, friends and members are experiencing difficult and traumatic events, and we stand in solidarity with them. We support those who have stood up for justice, compassion, nonviolence and transparency.

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Equity and fakequity

main.jpgWhat does it take to actually bring about equity in the nonprofit sector and communities?

I think about this question a lot, particularly in the context of the nonprofit workforce and leadership. Minnesota tops the national lists as the most educated, literate and healthy. But, it also tops the lists indicating the highest educational, employment and health disparities in communities of color. Minnesota is great at everything, including disparities. Nonprofits play an important role in all of these areas of inequity in our communities, and Minnesota's nonprofit staff, leaders and boards are not reflective of the communities in which we work.

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Give to the Max Day, everyday

Since the wild success of the Ice Bucket Challenge last year, the impact of successful social media marketing has become a hot topic among nonprofits. Personally, after seeing countless friends douse themselves with iced water in the name of charity, I started to look more closely at how my favorite nonprofits use social media. Unfortunately, I see too many nonprofits’ Facebook pages that haven’t been updated since 2014 and Twitter accounts with ten posts per day. Navigating social media can be a difficult task for marketing purposes—and a daunting one for fundraising.

Thankfully, GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day is a statewide crowdfunding initiative that makes it easier to use social media for fundraising. It’s unprecedented growth each year is a testament to the importance of crowdfunding in modern fundraising. If your organization isn’t capitalizing on crowdfunding through social media, here’s why it should:

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Get free tickets to 30 Days Giving Food Drive

YNPN-TC encourages members to participate in the upcoming 30 Days Giving music based food drive event. Tickets are complimentary! To get tickets, contact Anahita Ahrar at anahita@mediahrar.com. Event details are below.   

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Top takeaways from the MCN Annual Conference

“It’s easy to make a buck, it’s tougher to make a difference.” This quote from Tom Brokaw provided an overarching theme for the annual conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). On October 1 and 2, colleagues from around Minnesota gathered at the RiverCentre in St. Paul to celebrate, learn, and, yes, commiserate about the work we do across the state. As I was awarded a scholarship to attend from YNPN Twin Cities (in partnership with MCN), I was able to join them for two days of networking and in-depth sessions…with a few pieces of chocolate thrown in. 

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Meet your 2016 officers and chairs

Congrats to YNPN Twin Cities' Officers and Chairs for 2016! We're excited to see where this leadership team takes us in 2016. There's talk of starting a band. Probably a heavily auto-tuned pop group, but we're going to take the world by storm. Look out, One Direction.

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Living life with intention

Mountain TopAs millennials, we are often blamed for being self-centered and self-focused - a claim which I whole-heartedly deny. Just look at the sheer number of volunteer hours and interest in the nonprofit sector of our generation! One thing I blame for this misconception is our interest in living our lives with intention. Growing up, we were told by our baby-boomer parents that we could do and be whatever we wanted to be – the world was our oyster. Now that we’re stepping into the “real world,” we want to get out of it everything we can. We want to live less out of habit and more out of intent, but sometimes that can be difficult.

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We have an operating budget!

We've got big news.

No, we're not making any presidential endorsements. We are, however, beyond excited to announce that for the first time ever, YNPN Twin Cities has an approved operating budget and fundraising plan!

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