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Well Wishes for the Best Two-Legged Kat We Know

main.jpgThe June meeting of YNPN-TC’s Board of Directors marks the last of Kat Kempe as our Vice Chair. As many know, Kat will be starting next month in the Mid-career Masters in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program at Harvard! Wooo! For more than a decade Kat has tirelessly served those around her in the Twin Cities. She is one of those special individuals that is always completely present with those around her and selflessly supportive at every turn. I could include pages about Kat and how spectacular she is but for now I am lucky to have words from a few others to share:

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Taking YNPN-TC to the Moon

2015 is starting out to be another amazing year for YNPN-TC. We’ve already had a month’s worth of great events, brought on an amazing group of new board members, and started a new 3 year strategic plan.

This new strategic plan builds on our past successes and pushes YNPN-TC forward to be a bigger, stronger, more connected and sustainable organization.

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It’s Time to Vote!

Fall is my favorite season. I love sweater weather, chai tea, and golden leaves against a brilliant blue sky. But my very favorite fall tradition is still yet to come: Election Day, November 4. As people who care for our communities and the common good, voting is one of the most important things we can do—it is the ground floor of democracy. 

Who we put in office has significant implications for our communities and the people our organizations serve. Elected officials have a say in the policies and funding of everything from housing to food assistance to transportation to education. If we truly want to make systemic change to these and the any number of issues nonprofits across Minnesota care about we have to take the first step and go to the polls.

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Jump into work head first

Not that long ago I came across the poem “To be of use” by Marge Piercy. I barely got through the first stanza and thought she could be writing about YNPN Twin Cities. The entire history of our organization is filled with people who “jump into work head first/without dallying in the shallows”. It’s in our DNA. It’s what inspires me at every event and with every interaction. I read the poem as a reflection of pieces of YNPN-TC’s vision to connect through purpose and lead together.

When members saw a gap in the leadership development opportunities of young nonprofit professionals, YNPNers came together with a clear purpose and created a Leadership Institute that has just launched. 

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Being the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic Leader of the Year

It was late spring and I was taking a day off to recharge after a long legislative session. The weather was perfect. I was walking, more like ambling, toward one of the Minneapolis lakes to sit in the sun. My phone rang. The caller wanted to break the news that the MCN Leadership Award selection committee had just finished and they had selected me to be the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic leader of the year.

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2013 Catalytic Leader Award: Kat Kempe

kat_kempe.jpgBack in April, Kelly Rowan wrote a YNPN blog post about the importance of recognizing leadership in our peers, and encouraged readers to nominate a colleague for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Leadership Awards. One of our very own YNPN members, Kat Kempe, won the Catalytic Leader award, which is given to someone who “effectively leads from the middle…, understands how to move change forward in an organization…, and has helped shape his/her organization through strategic change.” Kat works for Think Small as a Senior Policy Advocate, which entails community organizing and communications for the early childhood advocacy, education and resource nonprofit.  In their words about Kat’s award,

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