"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." - Winston Churchill
It's time for a new Strategic Plan!
For those of you who just groaned out loud, know that I am actually a huge fan of Strategic Plans...or rather, of Strategic Planning. The process of taking a detailed look at the organization and creating a path towards a more successful future is one that every nonprofit organization should approach with excitement. While it’s possible to get trapped in the process of developing the absolutely perfect strategic plan, it’s better to forget the drive towards perfection and word-smithing. Instead, push forward into the toughest of questions and let your MVV (Mission, Vision, and Values) be your guide to determine the best path towards the future.
YNPN-TC is currently on its last six months of the previous Strategic Plan (more on that below), so we are in the process of developing our newest plan that will be launched for 2018. This new multi-year plan will be developed over the course of the next six months, and it will be published for our members to see once it’s complete.Read more
Minnesota is a great place to be a volunteer… There is a robust nonprofit community with plenty of meaningful opportunities. The latest numbers (from 2015) have 35.4% of residents volunteering ranking Minnesota 2nd in the nation!
Yet Minnesota ranks 12th in volunteer retention at 68.5%. How is it that nearly a third of all Minnesotan volunteers do not return?Read more
We know it’s nearly impossible to get to know all the young professionals in our vast network, which is why we shine the spotlight on one person who is making an especially significant impact in their field. Hearing other people’s experiences and perspectives gives us a chance to learn, grow, and shape the nonprofit sector of tomorrow.
In that spirit, we introduce to you Tyrai Ross, Metro Program Manager at Reading and Math Inc. and winner of the 2016 Catalytic Leader Award, presented by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Tyrai and her colleagues work with schools, school districts, and nonprofits to train and place AmeriCorps fellows where they’re needed most. They bring research-based math and reading strategies for pre-K to 8th grade students. Disadvantaged adults can get training, credentialing, and education to help them in their quest for a living wage job.
YNPN Twin Cities is full of incredible people doing incredible things. As a member, you have the opportunity to network and know people you may never otherwise had the chance to connect with. Our Member Spotlight series gives center stage to one of our own and the rest of us a chance to congratulate ourselves on joining a group with such talent. As always, if you have someone you’d like to nominate, let us know!
This month’s spotlight shines on Mallory Mitchell, development and events manager at the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Their mission is to create a world where every girl has the chance to live her dream and reach her full potential. They provide grants to girls ages 5 through high school graduation to realize a dream, encourage and support programs with girls’ organizations, and form strategic partnerships with corporations to meet these goals.Read more
There are so many incredible people in YNPN doing the mind-blowing world-changing work and with such a large and active member base, we know it’s not easy to meet everyone in the group. Heck, if anyone DOES know every single person in the group, let us know and we will have arts and crafts time to make an award just for you!
The YNPN Twin Cities Member Spotlight is intended to champion people in the group, highlight the work they do, and help create more connections between members. If you have a nomination for someone for the Spotlight, let us know.
This month we’re shining the light on Amanda “Cash” Cashman, Co-Executive Director of Students Today, Leaders Forever (STLF). STLF works with middle school, high school, and college students through service, relationships, and actions to strengthen leadership and energize generations of servant leaders.Read more
Member Spotlight | Alyssa Whalon shares the most valuable piece of advice she's received as a young professional
We are excited to feature Alyssa Whalon in our monthly YNPN Twin Cities Member Spotlight! Alyssa is Associate, Philanthropic Services, at Scholarship America.
Read more about Alyssa's background with AmeriCorps VISTA, how she has used YNPN Twin Cities to make progress on her career path, the best advice she's received as a young professional, and just which Harry Potter house she'd be in if she was at Hogwarts instead of the Twin Cities!Read more
Ben Addington is a YNPN-TC member, and also a content and engagement specialist at Metre, an integrated advertising agency that develops brand and communication strategies with offices in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, MN.
We recently chatted with Ben about his experiences with YNPN.
(With the help of graphic designer Cary Walski and photographer Marie Ketring, Metre developed our new YNPN-TC website!)Read more
In the world of Harry Potter, Defense Against The Dark Arts is a required class at the Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry School, where the students learn the skills needed to defend against unsavory Death Eaters and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Similarly, staff members at nonprofit organizations can equip themselves against unaccountability by learning how their organization's system of internal controls, human resources, and financial protections work.
Now when you cast the spell “Expecto Patronum” (a shield of positive energy), the spell you cast will be well-crafted and effective. (My patronus comes in the form of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.)
As we close in on the end of the calendar year, your nonprofit organization might be scrambling to maintain end-of-year obligations to donors while simultaneously meeting the demands of their staff. This is all the more reason to be mindful of your nonprofit's accountability expectations.Read more
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.Read more
We all love pulling our new phone out of its box, feeling the radiant glow as it turns on for the first time. Over time, we develop an intimate relationship with it; we give it plenty of attention, and, in return, it gets to know us so well it begins to predict our behavior. Sometimes we take for granted how much an electronic device knows us better than some friends or family members.
But how did its producers know what we needed? How did smart phone gets so smart? How could its designers make a product that meets our needs so well?
The answer is: because they asked us.Read more