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NTWRK: The New BINGO

Have you ever left a happy hour or networking event uninspired by the lack of connections you made? Just how valuable is a 20-minute conversation of small talk? And what's a business card good for if you aren't even sure what you’re looking for?

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Innovating in the Sector: MAP TechWorks

main.jpgLast month I tweeted an infographic that displayed the Top 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords Advertising—a whopping 97 percent of Google’s revenue stream ($33.3 billion). Guess what keyword—the words people search for on Google—slid its size two-syllable body into the technology giant’s number seven spot? Go ahead, guess. Done? Do-nate. We should all be familiar with this word since it often seems to go hand-in-hand with another familiar word: non-prof-it. 

Nevertheless, outside of the occasional Tweet, Facebook post and e-blast, I would safely bet that technology wouldn’t gather as much focus if a similar list was made by a number of nonprofits.

MAP TechWorks—an initiative of MAP for Nonprofits funded by the ADC Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way—wants to change that by making technology doable for nonprofits. I caught-up with Rick Birmingham, senior technology circuit rider, and Cary Lenore Walski, technology education and outreach coordinator, from MAP for Nonprofits to get the shakedown on this community resource. 

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And the Do-Goodest Is...

main.jpgWe are proud to announce the talented, amazing, world-saving winners of last month's Do-Gooder Games: the Wonder Women! The team—Elena Ballam, Renee Martin, Josh Reimnitz and Matt Heiserich—scavenged, trivia answered and rock-paper-scissored their way to victory against a competitive field of 13 teams. In the final round, their creative skit put them over the top. And we've got it on video!

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Where in the World to Meet? A Mini-Review of Twin Cities Meeting Spaces

Figuring out a meeting space that fits your group size and budget can be a real challenge. But you’re in luck, we did the work for you! The Twin Cities is chocked full of great free and low-cost meeting gems. We broke them down in our easy to use guide. So go get meeting!

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Member Spotlight | Who is Fred Onyancha?

The Vitals: Name, Current City, Age
Fred Onyancha, Apple Valley, 33

Where do you work and what’s your position?
I am an IT Analyst at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, and I’ve been there for seven years.

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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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Q&As | How Can I Become a Networking SUPERSTAR?

In this edition of Q&As, I caught up with Lars Leafblad—recently named the "most networked" man in the Twin Cities—to discuss the ins and outs of becoming a top-notch networker. Find out what skill Lars says is even more important than networking, and how you can learn to do it!

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Our Newest Board Member - Jenna Wade

main.jpgYNPN is happy to welcome another new board member into the fold! Meet Jenna Wade, Communications Specialist for Fresh Energy. We want you to get to know her, and what better way than direct from the source? Hear from Jenna as she answers 7 questions from us about her professional and personal life.

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Member Spotlight | Who is Mai Youa Moua?

by Michael Brink
follow me on Twitter: @michaelkbrink

The Vitals: Name, Current City, Age
Mai Youa Moua, Oakdale, MN. 24.

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Q&As | How can I approach my supervisor about my future career path?

In this edition of Q&As, I caught-up with Art Berman—President & CEO of Twin Cities RISE!—to discuss what seems to be the no man’s land of career planning with your superior. Checkout his thoughts below on handling this daunting issue!

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