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A Fond Farewell to a Fabulous Four

The end of the year can be a bittersweet time for YNPN Twin Cities. We’ve made a whole bunch of exciting plans that we can’t wait to implement in 2015, but as board terms expire, we know that we’ll be doing so minus a few familiar faces that got us where we are.

This December, we bid adieu to four individuals who’ve been devoting their energy, smarts, and enthusiasm to YNPN for three, four, even five years. Here’s a little about how your experience as member of YNPN-TC is better because of them, and some of their best writing that you can keep learning from even now.

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Innovations in Volunteer Management: The Core Four

Excited VolunteersVolunteer management isn’t often an area many of us have formalized training in; yet it is an integral part of any nonprofit program. As young nonprofit professionals, many of us find ourselves involved in volunteer management in some capacity or another, and as it is one of the best places for an organization to innovate, it may be worth a deeper look. 

At the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference, Mary Quirk, executive director of Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, and Zeeda Magnuson, associate director of HandsOn Twin Cities, outlined some of the most notable changes in what volunteers are looking for, including shorter term commitments, building and utilizing work place skills, flexible hours, and group volunteering opportunities.

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Scattershot Cafe: Peer Circles Edition

This year's Scattershot Café event offered small conversation and peer networking circles across the Twin Cities. A few highlights from some of the discussions:

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Setting standards, soliciting feedback, and achieving your goals: Breakfast of Champions with Jennifer Ford Reedy

What I love most about YNPs – what makes us so wonderful, and so unique, is just how excited we all become when talking about nonprofits. Whether the topic is fair pay, mission-based work, fundraising techniques or leadership development, we YNPs are enthusiastic. Then add the opportunity to interface with a well-known local CEO, and we reach a whole new level of excitement. This past month we gathered with Jennifer Ford Reedy, President and CEO of the Bush Foundation for our Breakfast of Champions event to hear the story of her career journey.

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The Scoop!

YNPN Twin Cities folks were busy as ever during the gorgeous days of August!  Just in case you missed it, here's some fantastic news that we have to share with you...

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YNPN Leadership Breakfasts: Leadership, Sunny Side Up

Searching for the best breakfast in town? Look no further than YNPN-TC’s Leadership Breakfast program. This monthly series provides an all-access pass to network with the Twin Cities' top nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors, and all before 9:00 a.m.

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Vision Board...of Directors

Vision boards. 50-year-old moms spend days, WEEKS, piecing together giant collages of images and quotes soon after they experience their (probably first of many) mid-life crisis. When you notice her heading “off to cake decorating class” or investing in a $6,000 road bike, or dying a half-inch strand of hair orange, she has probably made a vision board. Mom captures her life’s purpose in magazine clippings on a bulletin board (which she stole from your brother’s room) and feels the motivation bubbling as she passes by its home on the kitchen wall. Maybe she’ll go sky-diving today. Thanks, Oprah.

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Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture

A picture is worth 1,000 words, so make sure your LinkedIn profile picture is sending the right message. Many employers review candidates’ LinkedIn profiles to get a sense of personality and style, and form an opinion of them before even meeting. Some helpful tips to stand out in a sea of other potential employees are listed below.

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A Night at the Theater

Thanks to a partnership with the Guthrie Theater, YNPN-TC and YEP-TC members got a special treat on July 29 when they attended a showing of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The Tony Award winning show centers on the lives of a brother and sister, Vanya and Sonia, and how they are turned upside down when their other sister, Masha, unexpectedly brings home her 20-something boyfriend, Spike.

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The Scoop!

August is shaping up to be a delightfully busy month for most YNPN-TC members! Check out who has some news to share:

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