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Invite the World to Dinner

A few weeks ago, strangers invited me into their home for dinner, and it completely changed how I understand community building.

In the nonprofit sector, we spend a lot of time discussing community building. We discuss everything from how to do it, to best practices, authenticity, intentionality, network-mapping, and lots of other jargon. 

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Everyone Leads: How YNPN Leaders Step Up to Support Their Own

(Originally posted on YNPN National's blog)

During our recent book club Twitter chat, our ED Trish Tchume encapsulated YNPN’s approach to leadership in 140 characters: “The YNPN model relies on the idea that everyone leads. Our chapter leaders start, build up, and run the network. We are because they are.”

One of the best examples of this is our National Conference and Leaders Institute, which brings YNPN chapter leaders from across the country together to connect, share best practices, and collaboratively develop the future of the network. Since 2007, these national gatherings have been hosted by one of our local chapters with support from the national organization. Our local chapter leaders plan the conference from start to finish, including developing and presenting the conference sessions.

This year’s conference will be hosted by YNPN Twin Cities in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. We spoke to Leah Lundquist, National Conference Committe Chair, and Jamie Millard, Board Chair of YNPN Twin Cities, to hear about what it’s been like serving as a YNPN chapter leader and planning a conference for hundreds of their peers.

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When my personal brand turned into a porn website

For the last four years, I’ve discussed the importance of curating and cultivating a personal brand. I even wrote a blog post for YNPN Twin Cities about it. I spent a good amount of thought designing, updating, and collecting content for my personal website, which was, in my mind, the literal manifestation of my personal brand.

I have a confession. I haven’t tweeted, facebooked, or even told some of my closest friends about this yet. This winter, my personal website—where I housed all of my projects, past speaking gigs, press, blogs, etc.—was turned into a porn site. Here’s what happened and I hope it never happens to you.

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Drawing Up Big Plans

Each year brings a fresh slate of officers to the YNPN Twin Cities board of directors. This is the group elected to keep an eye on the big picture and help the whole board stay in alignment as we work toward meeting our mission and vision and giving you, our members, the best possible experience.

But did you know? This group has quite the artistic streak too! To prove it, we asked the four of them to open up Paint on their computers and draw us a picture to represent what they'd like to see happen during their term. Read on for their artistic inspiration!

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Breaking the Salary Silence

main.jpgThere is something taboo and mysterious about salaries. When I decided to do a salary survey of young nonprofit professionals, it was my hope to start breaking down walls of discomfort around talking about our salaries. I expected 10-20 responses and ended up getting over 100. If that’s not a sign that we’re ready to start talking about salaries, I don’t know what is.

It’s obvious from my survey, which is not scientific by any means, that there is a collective sense of feeling undervalued and underpaid throughout the sector—strongest in those with less than five years experience.

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What's in it for Me? The benefits of a national network

Co-written by Jamie Millard and Chris Oien

Earlier this month was the YNPN National Conference, where almost 100 YNPN'ers from around the country gathered in San Francisco to swap stories and share ideas. Four of us from the Twin Cities represented, where we both shared the awesome things we're up to and took home a lot of new ideas to apply here. But enough about us! You too should value and take take advantage of the fact that YNPN is thriving in many cities around the country. Here are five reasons to care:

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Leveling Up: Video games for professional development

My friends know that I don’t have a lot of time for video games anymore, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t select mornings when I wake up at 4:00 a.m. to get a few hours of pew pew pew in before heading to work. Originally I thought part of my career would be to build awareness of female gamers, and I did get one article published, “Why Women Play Games,” in a nonprofit magazine. While passion for games helped introduce me to nonprofit publishing, it wasn’t until writing this post that I realized just how much my virtual worlds have helped max out my real-life XP bar. 

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Myth Busting: Nonprofit executive salaries

Most young nonprofit professionals are not yet executive directors, but the policies and attitudes around nonprofit executive salaries already affect us. Negative perceptions and underpaid talent devalue our entire sector and make it an undesirable place to devote one’s career.


Recent data from the 2011 Daring to Lead report supports the sentiment that most executives are underpaid: the median nonprofit CEO salary falls between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, an average of 20–40 percent less than his or her foundation/government/business sector counterpart.

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Organization Spotlight | Charities Review Council and Upcoming Diversity Series

You've probably heard of the Charities Review Council...but do you really know what they do? Have you heard about their upcoming partnership for a diversity series in 2012? Bridget Ulrich sits down with Jamie Millard of the Charities Review Council to learn more about the organization and it's exciting new program on diversity and inclusion.

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Meet the New YNPN-TC Board Officers

main.jpgAs you might know, YNPN-TC is led by a board of directors, and on that board sit four officers: Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and National Liaison. In August, the board elected new officers who will serve the organization for a whole year.

So, what exactly does it mean to be an officer on this board? Well....

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