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Financial Sanity for the Young Nonprofit Professional

Ever felt like one of the people pictured above? Well, you’re in good company. In 2010, Thrivent Financial and Kiplinger asked folks how they felt about their financial situation. More than 30% said they were “struggling” and another 24% said they were “worried.”  Check out more survey findings and take the survey to see how you compare. The point is, many of us don’t feel very good about our money.

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Out of Your Field: How to Be Successful Without Expertise

main.jpgI openly acknowledge that I am the outlier at my organization.

As Communications Coordinator at Nonprofits Assistance Fund, I do not dream budgets nor get excited over financial statements. In school, I never took a single stats or finance class. While I have learned to read a balance sheet or a loan document over the past year, I am by no means the “go-to” person on those topics. In fact, I can tell you with utmost certainty that I will never be a finance guru. My roots are planted deep in the arts and humanities, where my passion grows from words and design standards.

Despite my lack of affinity for all things finance, it’s my job to tell the story of this organization focused on just that: the nuts and bolts of nonprofit finance. How do I do it?

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How to fight information overload

If you’re like me, you get flooded with information. Between Twitter, Facebook, and email, we probably see thousands of messages each day. Some of it is junk (what I ate for lunch), some of it is important but outside your focus area (a message about saving the Lemmings), and some of it is vitally important to your work (budget information related to your department). 

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Our Top 10 Posts of 2011

What a year 2011 was for the YNPN Twin Cities blog. Fifty-two posts from twenty-eight different board members and volunteers, viewed over 16,000 times and with over 100 subscribers by RSS and email. Here are the top ten most popular of those posts, as voted by you the reader, with your clicks and your eyeballs. If you missed any of these the first time around, here's your chance to catch up!

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Spot the Difference: Nonprofits Versus For-Profits

The follow blog is by Jay Haapala

Whether you’re in the nonprofit sector because it’s your career goal or because you stumbled into it, congratulations and welcome. Inmain.jpg my experience, the differences between working in a nonprofit or a for-profit are sometimes misunderstood, if not misrepresented. Being able to recognize and articulate the differences between sectors is a vital skill. Let me take a moment to map them out for you.

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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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Stay Classy, Minnesota!

classy.jpgDisclaimer: About two months ago, I started a new job with Jefferson Awards for Public Service, an organization whose mission is to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism by presenting awards to those that exhibit outstanding service to their community.

In late March, I attended the National YNPN Leaders Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan and learned about a unique relationship that the San Diego YNPN chapter began with The Classy Awards. The Classy Awards recognize the top philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses, fundraisers and volunteers from across the country, and last year they decided to partner with YNPN San Diego to honor an Outstanding Young Nonprofit Professional. 

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Just Ask.

So you made it through the first month of the New Year! How are those professional goals of yours going? Over the course of January, I’ve felt a new goal emerging—one that seems so simple on the surface yet has been really challenging to put into practice. 

I’m trying to ask more questions.

Easy enough if I was just letting myself throw out more of the typical: “How’s it going?” “How about all this snow?” No, I’m trying to find fresh questions—questions that have the power to move myself and those around me beyond chit chat or same-old, same-old to action in a new way.

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What To Do When Your To-Do List Gets You Down

By Virginia Brown
Follow me on Twitter: @3manypuppies

I started a new job recently and absolutely love it. I’m so excited to bring my specialized knowledge to a big, successful program to see how I can make it even better than it already is.

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Are you nearing your personal fiscal cliff?

main.jpgIf you’re like me, you probably squirmed uncomfortably through this whole “fiscal cliff” nonsense. While the president and Congress have finally come up with a few compromises that get us away from the cliff (nothing like kicking the can down the road!), the long delay and use of “head-in-the-sand, if-we-ignore-it-maybe-it-will-go-away” tactics might have been an uncomfortable reminder that you’re tipping near the edge of your own fiscal cliff.

Now that it’s 2013, it’s a great time to get your financial house in order. Here are some tips to help you back away from the precipice:

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