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NTWRK: The New BINGO

Have you ever left a happy hour or networking event uninspired by the lack of connections you made? Just how valuable is a 20-minute conversation of small talk? And what's a business card good for if you aren't even sure what you’re looking for?

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And the Do-Goodest Is...

main.jpgWe are proud to announce the talented, amazing, world-saving winners of last month's Do-Gooder Games: the Wonder Women! The team—Elena Ballam, Renee Martin, Josh Reimnitz and Matt Heiserich—scavenged, trivia answered and rock-paper-scissored their way to victory against a competitive field of 13 teams. In the final round, their creative skit put them over the top. And we've got it on video!

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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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Unlocking the Mystery Surrounding Foundations

Whether you’ve researched grant opportunities, written a grant application or received funding from a foundation, you know that foundations play an important role in supporting and sustaining the nonprofit community. But, how much do you actually know about foundations? Do you know what distinguishes a private foundation from a public foundation? Or, how many foundations are located in Minnesota?

No? Neither did I, so for May’s Emerging Leaders Network Lunch, Stephanie Jacobs from the Minnesota Council on Foundations joined us to help clear up a little of the mystery that seems to surround foundations. Here's the scoop.

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A Surprisingly Wild Time in Apple Valley

main.jpgOverall Rating: 4.5 out of 5: Venue, originality and hands down the best way to experience a small piece of the Zoo make up for the drive out to Apple Valley. 

If you were looking to cure winter blues on Saturday, Feb. 19 all it took was a ride out to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Now if you’re thinking that no event is worth a drive out to Apple Valley, especially in the winter, believe me the same thought crossed my mind. But it was worth it! This dream worthy venue played host to the launch party of the Zoo’s newly formed young professional group, AZUL.

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My Thoughts on Race & Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector

main.jpgRace and Privilege. Two simple words with charged meanings that usually elicit an immediate reaction. It may be discomfort, fear, passion, or been-there-done-that attitude. Whatever your reaction, we want to TALK about it! And, we want to talk about YOUR experience. 

The nonprofit sector can be a change maker for the lives of many in our community through organizations that provide employment training for people with developmental disabilities, higher education access for traditionally underrepresented youth, energy assistance, legal services, among many others. We do good, and that’s why many of us were drawn to this sector. Despite the good, in every nonprofit position I’ve held over the last seven years, race and privilege have been an unaddressed issue. Whether it’s the educational gap between me and my clients in legal clinics, the lack of cultural understanding in work situations, or the opportunity to connect with students over a shared experience related to minority status–race and privilege are prevalent in our sector.

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The Café is Open: The value of receiving peer feedback

main.jpgEvery sector is unique. Each has its own set of insider lingo and modus operandi that may seem mysterious to an outsider. The nonprofit sector is no different, which is why networking in a room of new people that have little to no familiarity with the sector can often times turn into a cemetery of lost opportunities.

Here’s the usual scenario: I strike up a conversation with someone and run through the normal course of getting-to-know you questions. And somewhere in the midst of the interrogation comes the “So, what do you do” question. I test the waters by casually responding that I work for a local nonprofit. At which point—about 85% of the time—I can see my potential peer and network slowly begin to lose interest. One last Minnesota nice rescue attempt is made with the typical follow-up, “What do you do at your nonprofit?” And by the time I get to the word “and” in Office Manager and Membership Coordinator, they’ve lost all interest. And I’ve lost my chance to potentially bounce ideas and get advice on job-related issues.

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Who’s got the power? You do.

by Adaobi Okolue
follow me on Twitter: aokolue

Power. When we think of it, we often associate it with individuals who have the ability to exert it over others: Executive directors, presidents, board of directors, etc. We seldom believe that we—in the early-mid or even infancy stages of our careers—have the ability to turn the wheels of an organization with the same might as an executive director.

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So that's how it's done? | 9 Tips for Building Your Network

main.jpgThe thought of networking intimidates many people, myself included. It requires you to put yourself out there, and that can be awkward. Having to go to an event  to furiously pass out my business card and provide my very best sales pitch for why you should add me as your contact on Linkedin makes me want a drink. Unfortunately, I’ve found that effective networking is essential to building a career. Fortunately, not all networking is intimidating and you often get to meet a lot of interesting people.

Last Friday’s room at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits was overflowing with folks who came to hear Trista Harris—executive director of Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice and founder of the New Voices of Philanthropy blog—for our monthly Emerging Leaders Network LunchHow to Build Your Network (from scratch!).

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My board of directors does what again?

main.jpgHow many board members should an organization have? It seems like an easy enough question, but when discussing a nonprofit board of directors one thing becomes clear, there is no one size fits all model for governance. At last Fridays Emerging Leaders Network Lunch, we dove into the topic “Nonprofit Board of Directors: Who are they?” And while we found that most answers to the questions raised didn’t have a clear cut answer, there are still some things everyone should know about the board of director.

One of the most important things to understand about any board of directors is that directors are required to carry out their duties and responsibilities under certain standards of care and attention. Board Source describes the three legal standards that have been established as:

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