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Connecting Through Purpose

The second installment in our Connect Through Purpose series is coming February 12! In partnership with Springboard for the Arts, YNPN Twin Cities invites you to learn tips and tricks for putting your best self forward in your interactions with others. Guest presenters Sally McGraw and Cheryl Moore Brinkley will provide tools to boost your confidence as you strive to make more meaningful personal and professional connections.

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Five Lessons From Five Minutes in Hell

I hope you were able to join us October 29 for Five Minutes in Hell, YNPN-TC’s very first member-driven event. It encapsulated the best of what this network has to offer: the ability to share our many varying interests and ideas with each other, and that we can have a damn good time while we do it. Even from my vantage point of making sure the slides ran smoothly, I was learning a lot at every turn. 

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Event Recap: Reflections on diversity

main.jpgA few weeks ago, over 40 YNPN-TC members gathered at Goodwill-Easter Seals to talk diversity and inclusion. But this was not your average, token diversity training session. The event was conducted using the Open Space format, which means the agenda had not been set when the event began.

So how on earth did any type of meaningful discussion transpire? Well, it began with a few brave attendees throwing out the first discussion topics. The rest of the participants joined them in small groups to delve into a variety of issues according to their interests.

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Diversity dilemma: What would you do?

What Would You Choose?This post comes on the heels of YNPN Twin Cities’ August Diversity, Inclusion, and You: an Open Space Conversation event. The following post, a real account from a young nonprofit professional, is published with express permission. Identifying details have been omitted.

This post is similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure story. It’s very similar, except you won’t be protecting the jewels of Nabooti, hunting a Yeti in the mountains of Nepal or deep diving in search of Atlantis. Nope. Your mission is of a more mundane but no less daunting variety.

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How can your nonprofit engage voters this election season?

ElectionThis month’s Emerging Leaders Networking lunch featured Jeff Narabrook and David Zeller speaking on the subject of nonprofits and voter engagement. Many 501c3 nonprofit organizations err on the side of caution because they want to guard carefully their right to perform mission-related work as a tax-exempt organization eligible to receive tax-deductible gifts. Either public charities (aka 501(c)(3) nonprofits) do not know that they can or do not know the extent to which they can participate in the political process.

Federal law, as it stands, does not forbid public charities from involvement with government. The problem, as outlined in the book A Voice for Nonprofits, is that 501c3s are not actively engaging in the political process and speaking for their constituents to the extent that they are allowed by law.

So what can a nonprofit do to provide valuable information to the public in an election year without jeopardizing its 501(c)(3) status?

*Disclaimer: I am not an expert, lawyer, or IRS  employee (although I consulted and learned from a few to write this post), so please do the proper research before acting on what you read here!

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Event Recap| Scattershot Cafe

main.jpgSummer weekends are revered in the Twin Cities - free festivals, lake and trail adventures, flex Fridays, and Vitamin D replenishment - yet a few dozen YNPN members and potential members spent part of their Saturday, May 19 at one of 11 coffee shops throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul to network in their neighborhood.

Inaugurally organized in a more grassroots effort to engage members in a uniquely formatted way on a new day of the week, the Scattershot Cafes gave attendees the opportunity to really dig into a topic and connect with a smaller group of people. Coffee talk topics ranged from community-based topics for transplants and former AmeriCorps members to advanced professional development talks on starting a nonprofit consulting firm and how to worry less about the financial state of nonprofits.

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YNPN Twin Cities Insider: Catching up on turning it up (to 11)

You're busy. You probably miss a lot of events and opportunities for professional and leadership development. If one of those missed opportunities was our last Insider event—Turn It Up To 11: Finding the Next Setting in Your Leadership Path—you've got some homework to do.

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The Basics of Personal Branding

If you couldn't make our "Stand Up, Speak Out" event on personal branding last month, you missed some great advice from four talented professionals. But - never fear! We have footage of one of our speakers, Meghan Suszynski, presenting on the topic of visual branding. This was the most popular segment of the evening, and offers creative ideas on how to build your own visual brand.

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What's Your Story, Morning Glory? Personal Branding for Change Agents

Having a clear idea of who you are and what you care about, then representing yourself consistently online is the essence of personal branding. Not only can it help advance your career and build your network, it can also provide a stronger platform for communicating effectively about the causes you're passionate about as a nonprofit professional.

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Organization Spotlight: Minnesota Rising and the Un/Conference

What is Minnesota Rising?

Founded in 2009, Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in Minnesota that works to build relationships, trust and a shared vision for the future of Minnesota. Minnesota Rising engages emerging leaders and young professional organizations to work toward that call both now and in the future.

Connect with them on their websiteTwitter and on Facebook.

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