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Myth Busting: Why volunteers aren’t free

main.jpgHow many times have you heard this in your nonprofit workplace?

“Of course volunteers are free. We don’t pay them.”
“You’re overwhelmed? Just get a volunteer to help you.”
“Doesn’t spending money on volunteers defeat the purpose?”

The notion volunteers are free is a common misconception both in and outside the nonprofit world. While many of the costs associated with volunteers aren’t directly monetary, there are costs nonetheless.

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Takeaways from Trish

Highlights of a visit from YNPN's National Director

Many of you met Trish Tschume, YNPN’s National Director, during her visit to the Twin Cities last month. Trish participated in our Leadership Story Swap event, presented at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference and joined YNPN-TC board members and volunteers at an informal potluck. I asked our members to reflect on Trish’s time here in the cities and share their biggest takeaways from her visit.

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Takeaways from Trish: Highlights of a visit from YNPN's National Director

Many of you met Trish Tschume, YNPN’s National Director, during her visit to the Twin Cities last month. Trish participated in our Leadership Story Swap event, presented at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference and joined YNPN-TC board members and volunteers at an informal potluck. I asked our members to reflect on Trish’s time here in the cities and share their biggest takeaways from her visit.

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Reality check: Volunteering your way to a job

Will Volunteer for WorkIf you’re a job seeker, chances are you’ve heard this piece of advice: “You should volunteer! It’s a great way to get a job!”

Help the world while also helping yourself get your next paying gig? It sounds pretty great to a do-gooding nonprofit professional. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as many advice-givers make it out to be. Yes, volunteering can help lead you to employment opportunities, but it’s often a long and indirect process. The chances of finding a job through the sheer act of volunteering are slim.

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Showcase Yourself: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting at Conferences

mic.jpgHave you ever seen a request for conference proposals and thought, “Hey, I should do that,” only to find a million excuses to miss the deadline? I’m a terrible public speaker. They wouldn’t accept me anyway. What could I teach a group of experienced professionals?

You’re not the only one. Presenting at conferences or seminars can be a daunting task, particularly for young professionals who may be addressing a more experienced audience.  But, fortunately, there are brave souls who have gone before us and – despite being younger and less experienced than some of their peers – presented at a professional conference.

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Forget Leading from the Middle. Lead from Wherever You Are.


main.jpgThe phrase “Leading from the Middle” has been popping up all over the nonprofit world lately. From articles to blogs to conference breakout sessions, it seems people are quite eager to teach us how to “Lead from the Middle.”

After doing some research, asking around, and even requesting a fellow YNPNer do an e-news piece on the topic, I have come to a conclusion: “Leading from the Middle” is a flashy phrase with little substance.

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Good in Theory, Problems in Practice: YNPN National Survey Results

main.jpgAmidst all the conversations taking place around leadership development in the nonprofit sector, have you ever wondered what, specifically, young nonprofit professionals think? YNPN does. In fact, it recently released the results of the YNPN national survey on popular leadership development strategies. The report, entitled “Good In Theory, Problems in Practice,” outlines the opinions of young people in our sector, the takeaways from these opinions, and recommendations on how to put these findings into action.

YNPN-TC played an important part in obtaining these results. Many of our members took part in the survey, and we also held a focus group of Twin Cities young nonprofit professionals to get more detailed information.

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You're Too Young to Burn Out! 5 Tips for Getting Back Your Nonprofit Passion

main2.jpgPassion. It’s perhaps the largest driver of quality work in the nonprofit sector. We choose to do what we do–often for less money than we could get elsewhere–because we want to work for a cause we love. We want to stand for something. We want to do good.

But it’s hard to maintain a high level of passion all the time. That’s when burn out sets in–even for young nonprofit professionals. The long hours, the wearing of many hats and the tight budgets get to us, and we find ourselves trying to discover that passion again.

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Mind the Age Gap: Tips for Navigating an Intergenerational Workplace

main.jpgIt was my first day at a new job. I almost made it through lunch before facing the dreaded question: “How old are you?" Four hours on the job and I'd realized that most of my colleagues were 20-30 years my senior. I’d hoped to not reveal exactly how young I was until I’d been there a bit longer, but it was not meant to be. "I'm 26." "Oh, I thought you might be about my daughter's age," my colleague replied. "She's 24."

Starting a new job is often nerve wracking. Starting a new job when you're the youngest person at work can be even harder. I remember the questions running through my head: “Will my colleagues think I’m too young for this job? Will I fit in? Will my contributions be respected?”

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Meet Our New Board Members Part II

main.jpgYNPN-Twin Cities is led by a dedicated board of nonprofit professionals. In November, we put out a call for new board members and we were thrilled by the number of talented young professionals that responded. After a competitive nominations process, we're excited to introduce to you our newest board members.

In this two-part series, we asked the new board members to grill interview each other, so that we could get the nitty gritty on who they are. Next up to bat, Jamie Millard and Lisa Joyslin.

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