Nonprofits are growing – you already know this… Back in 2012 nonprofits accounted for 11.4 million jobs – and even during the recent recession and recovery (2007 to 2012), nonprofit employment steadily increased each year. But did you know that when surveyed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund (in their 2015 State of the Sector Survey), 44 percent of respondents hired someone for a new position? That’s right – for NEW positions!
Human capital plays an incredibly important role for nonprofits – and getting the perfect employee can be a real challenge. Nonprofits typically don’t have recruiters or large human resource departments dedicated to finding top talent from the Ivy League, but nonprofits can find good fits, especially through informal local networks.Read more
When I was a recent college grad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I had lunch with a woman several decades ahead of me in her career. She had a job I wanted some day, and I was so grateful she had agreed to meet with me.
She recommended many things to me that day. One of those things, however, was especially impactful.
A YNPN chapter was just starting up in Milwaukee, at that time. “Go seek them out and get involved,” she said. “You’ll really make a name for yourself.” This woman was well-respected in the nonprofit community, and her words seemed golden to me. I didn’t waste a moment seeking out YNPN.Read more
It can feel like it takes a lot to be in touch with your field in addition to accomplishing the daily grind. I’ve learned that there are resources at your fingertips, as well as places for sleuthing, that can make the whole process easier. If you’re like me, doing this will help you contextualize yourself in your work, your organization, and in the larger nonprofit community.Read more
In the world of Harry Potter, Defense Against The Dark Arts is a required class at the Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry School, where the students learn the skills needed to defend against unsavory Death Eaters and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Similarly, staff members at nonprofit organizations can equip themselves against unaccountability by learning how their organization's system of internal controls, human resources, and financial protections work.
Now when you cast the spell “Expecto Patronum” (a shield of positive energy), the spell you cast will be well-crafted and effective. (My patronus comes in the form of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.)
As we close in on the end of the calendar year, your nonprofit organization might be scrambling to maintain end-of-year obligations to donors while simultaneously meeting the demands of their staff. This is all the more reason to be mindful of your nonprofit's accountability expectations.Read more
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities grieves the death of Jamar Clark, and the subsequent conflict and trauma in the aftermath of protests and police actions. We also mourn the deaths and destruction caused by the terrorist attacks across the world in the last week - we mourn for victims in Beirut, Paris, Yola, Bamako and beyond. Our sadness extends to our Muslim friends and community members who are experiencing discriminatory behavior and rhetoric, including being asked to apologize on behalf of terrorists.
YNPN Twin Cities’ core values are to connect through purpose, challenge to change and lead together. The Islamophobia and racism displayed in our community inherently contradicts our core values. Our colleagues, friends and members are experiencing difficult and traumatic events, and we stand in solidarity with them. We support those who have stood up for justice, compassion, nonviolence and transparency.Read more
What does it take to actually bring about equity in the nonprofit sector and communities?
I think about this question a lot, particularly in the context of the nonprofit workforce and leadership. Minnesota tops the national lists as the most educated, literate and healthy. But, it also tops the lists indicating the highest educational, employment and health disparities in communities of color. Minnesota is great at everything, including disparities. Nonprofits play an important role in all of these areas of inequity in our communities, and Minnesota's nonprofit staff, leaders and boards are not reflective of the communities in which we work.Read more
Working in the nonprofit sector is usually viewed as a noble pursuit. The hours are usually long, the tasks you juggle are complicated, and the pay and benefits are usually lower than for-profit equivalents, but the rewards are often about making the world a better place. It’s become a punchline in Silicon Valley that all of these startup businesses are “making the world a better place,” but many nonprofits can legitimately claim that. Working for an organization whose values line up with your own can be incredibly rewarding. However, just knowing an organization has a 501(c)(3) tax status does not guarantee that an organization is truly a benefit to the public. Just like any sector, there are nonprofit organizations where fraud, mismanagement and illegal activity can be found.Read more
Hello young nonprofit professionals of the Twin Cities! Did you know that you have access to our board minutes? Yes, you do! You can find public board meeting minutes on our Radical Transparence page.
Though there are no legal requirements that a nonprofit (or soon to be 501c3 like us!) publish board minutes, we are doing this for some great reasons.Read more
Hello friends of YNPN-TC! It seems like every time we turn around there are new and exciting things happening with our organization. Over the past year YNPN-TC board members and volunteers have been involved in a series of meetings regarding our fiscal sustainability as an organization. Part of this process has involved an in-depth, thoughtful look at our legal and tax status and what changes, if any, we should make.
The news I have to share today is that we are making a change - our Board of Directors has voted to pursue 501c3 status. This isn’t a very controversial decision, and many YNPN-TC members might think we are already a 501c3. It is however a very awesome and exciting development when it comes to thinking about what type of organization YNPN-TC is, the work we want to do in the future, and most importantly how we want to continue to serve the talented young professionals of the nonprofit sector in our community. Special recognition must go out to board members Carl Atiya Swanson and Lindsay Bacher for their leadership during this process as well as the countless additional volunteers, members, and friends of YNPN-TC who provided us with their time, opinions, and expertise.Read more
Since I’m (sorta) a millennial, I’d like a pool table in the office. I also want “take your parents to work” days, a free pop-tart station, an Atari for kicking back between meetings, and fun, wacky team-building activities where our office slowly becomes family, like in an Aaron Sorkin show (preferably Sports Night, the best tv show ever).
Actually, stop. None of those things are important to me. In fact, I would be mortified and a bit insulted at “take your parents to work” day. Not that my parents aren’t cool, but it’s not like I’m printing out my annual reviews to hang on their fridges.Read more