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What it's like being a single mom

Since becoming a single mom, I realize just how much the nonprofit sector relies on single moms to tell stories of our work, and it’s weird. I’ll admit, I probably didn’t notice this before having this experience myself, but now I cringe when people tell a narrative that aligns with their idea of an experience and not the person’s story. So I thought it would be helpful to write about what it IS like to be a single mom.

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“I dissent”: Why you should vote no when no one else does

One day last fall, I texted my mom, “soooo…. I’m either getting fired or getting promoted.”

I had just gotten out of a meeting where I had the least amount of positional power of anyone in the room, and I had basically told everyone, including my boss’s boss, that the plan we were making didn’t hold true to our values. We weren’t trusting the people we served, and the plan would be flawed without that value at its center. I was calmly furious, my hands were shaking, and I questioned the wisdom of the experts at the table who had been working longer than I’d been alive. The result? My boss and coworkers raved about it, our program staff felt like the values of our work were supported, and we changed our plan.

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Balancing a nonprofit job and self-care

It is not surprising to anybody in the nonprofit world that we all end up doing a lot more than what our job description initially entailed. In many cases, organizations have too much work to get done with not enough hands to help, so we all end up pitching in. I am the first one to admit that I usually have a hard time saying “no” when my boss asks me to take on extra projects, or to take over projects from other staff members. It took me a long time to be able to say “I’m sorry, but I can’t”. I don’t say it often, but the first time those words came out of my mouth I panicked. What if my boss was mad because I said no? What if they thought I was incompetent?

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Nonprofits, why do you need an audit? An auditor’s advice.

Is your nonprofit organization required to have a financial statement audit for the first time? If so, the information below will help you gain an understanding of what to do before, during and after the audit.

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April's Featured Member: Courtney Bergey

Courtney Bergey is the Director of Advancement for Lanesboro Arts, a nonprofit arts organization in Lanesboro, Minn. We wanted to get to know her better, so we asked her a few questions!

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YNPN-TC Selected as a National OS Pilot Chapter

During our Strategic Planning process, "Innovative Thought Leadership and Sector Shaping" was identified as one of our network's strategic priorities for the next three years. A key objective for us to accomplish this will be to create tools and programs with the intent to share on a regional and national level.  When YNPN-National put out a call asking local chapters to participate in the National Operating System Pilot, the YNPN-TC Board of Directors figured we better put our money where our mouth is!

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