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?
We learned that you hope to:
- Climb the ladder
- Find balance
- Get paid well, or better than you’re paid now
- Reflect on your career path and future goals
Most of your worries are about:
- Finances, whether personal or the nonprofit community at large
- Finding jobs after college or grad school
- Switching careers in a rough job market
- Taking the financial leap to invest in more education
Job stability is a big issue: 25% of YNPN members identified themselves as job seekers, whether or not they were already employed.
"I finish graduate school in 1 year. I hope to find a non-profit or government job in the Twin cities but the prospects look pretty bad."
From the professional to the personal, here's what you told us being a part of YNPN has helped you gain:
"A networks of folks intentionally directing energy toward a better quality of life and connection in our communities."
Members’ Vision of Continued Support
What you want from YNPN:
- Specific skill building (i.e. time management, social media, etc.)
- Finding jobs
- Assistance with both goal setting and career planning
You also told us that what we already do is working. An overwhelming majority said that YNPN web content and programming is relevant to their work and that they share it with others.
Who Our Members Are
We know there are communities we’ve yet to reach. A majority of YNPN members identify in three major categories; 54% are 25-29 years of age, 71% are female and 84% are Caucasian. It’s time to take advantage of new opportunities to better serve the Twin Cities nonprofit scene. Since we’ve turned up the romance, why not spread the love?
Our Goals in 2012
This is where we go from listening to delivering. In this coming year we will have a chance to make improvements based specifically on our members’ needs. We’re having discussions right now about how to add more mentoring, career planning, and job support resources to our arsenal, thanks to the feedback you provided us.
New relationships and collaborations will certainly spring from all the changes ahead in 2012. If we haven’t said it enough, we appreciate you, we appreciate your ideas and we thank you again for letting us better serve you in this coming year. We hope you’re as eager as we are to see the results.
YNPN would also like to congratulate the winner of our gift card drawing, Ryan Kroening from PFund Foundation.