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Event Recap: Reflections on diversity

main.jpgA few weeks ago, over 40 YNPN-TC members gathered at Goodwill-Easter Seals to talk diversity and inclusion. But this was not your average, token diversity training session. The event was conducted using the Open Space format, which means the agenda had not been set when the event began.

So how on earth did any type of meaningful discussion transpire? Well, it began with a few brave attendees throwing out the first discussion topics. The rest of the participants joined them in small groups to delve into a variety of issues according to their interests.

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September Scoop| News from Our Members

It's September! Time to get started on new projects...and new accomplishments, if you're a YNPN-TC member. We've got conference presenters, new board members and more within our network.

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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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The Scoop| News from Our Members

What's the scoop in August? YNPN-TC members have news articles, promotions, and other big accomplishments to share.

Here's what's new with our members this month:

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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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The Scoop| News from Our Members

YNPN-TC members are all over the place, from the MCN Nonprofit Essentials Conference to MinnPost and more! Check out what our members have been up to lately in July's edition of The Scoop.

Here's what's new with our members this month:

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Part 2 | Digging in the bush: A conversation with Peter Hutchinson

If you’ve made it to part two of my interview with Peter Hutchinson, you’ve discovered this isn’t an Oprah-like special on the former Bush Foundation president’s resignation. (If you missed part one and feel even slightly inclined, by all means check it out.) Maybe he’ll grant that interview someday—if there is something more to tell—but for part two of our discussion, we delved into greatness and its meaning for nonprofits and a Gen X/Y-coined phrase—work/life balance.

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Responsible for Culture

How boards define how an organization looks, works and feels

It’s easy to understand many of the responsibilities of a board once you know what they are. Budgets, hiring approval, membership confirmations, and executive salary are all concrete decisions to make with very definitive results. The complication comes with the fact that board responsibilities do not stop there. Leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational culture may all also be direct charges of the board or its committees. It’s often difficult to see what sorts of decisions or activities the board could be involved in that may address these abstract goals. Lucky for you… you’ve got On Board!

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Event Recap| Scattershot Cafe

main.jpgSummer weekends are revered in the Twin Cities - free festivals, lake and trail adventures, flex Fridays, and Vitamin D replenishment - yet a few dozen YNPN members and potential members spent part of their Saturday, May 19 at one of 11 coffee shops throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul to network in their neighborhood.

Inaugurally organized in a more grassroots effort to engage members in a uniquely formatted way on a new day of the week, the Scattershot Cafes gave attendees the opportunity to really dig into a topic and connect with a smaller group of people. Coffee talk topics ranged from community-based topics for transplants and former AmeriCorps members to advanced professional development talks on starting a nonprofit consulting firm and how to worry less about the financial state of nonprofits.

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