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Moving On

Loading a Moving Van“HelloGoodbyeHelloGoodbye… I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”
-The Beatles, Hello, Goodbye

These lyrics come from what feels like my theme song of late: Hello, Goodbye by The Beatles. Since graduating college in 2007, my now husband and I have moved four times, never staying anywhere longer than three years. Perhaps we’re not so different from you or many others in our generation, who chase job opportunities wherever they lead.

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Sharing the wisdom of our mentors: An interview with Dr. Les Lenkowsky

Lately, I’ve been focused on learning from and leading together with my YNPN peers in our local Twin Cities context. If there is anything I’ve learned in the last few years, however, it’s to keep the bigger picture in mind.

I called up my graduate school advisor and one of my all-time favorite teachers, Dr. Les Lenkowsky of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to hear some of his take-aways from a long, full career in the social sector. Mentors provide some of the best advice and perspective on what really matters and how to stretch to do our most meaningful work. In this post, I share some of my favorite tidbits from that conversation.

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Pay attention to that board behind the curtain: 2013 YNPN board retreat

The YNPN-TC Board BondsOrganizational transparency is key for businesses and nonprofits to operate successfully, unless you want to run things like the Wizard of Oz (a lying magician who rules through smoke, curtains, and quid-pro-quo agreements). YNPN Twin Cities is no Oz, and we are eager to share about the inner workings of our board, including our most recent board retreat in June. This year’s retreat was my first, but from what I hear, every YNPN board retreat is different, fun and makes the leadership team stronger. I can say all of my expectations were met—and then some!

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It's Time to Incorporate!

The following blog is by Sarah Morris

After extensive research and community conversations conducted last fall, the YNPN-TC Board of Directors has determined that it’s time to incorporate! For the past seven years, YNPN-TC has been operating as an informal unincorporated organization. That has worked for us so far because most of our events are free, we are volunteer-led with no paid staff, and so many great businesses and nonprofits opened up space and resources to us.

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How can your nonprofit engage voters this election season?

ElectionThis month’s Emerging Leaders Networking lunch featured Jeff Narabrook and David Zeller speaking on the subject of nonprofits and voter engagement. Many 501c3 nonprofit organizations err on the side of caution because they want to guard carefully their right to perform mission-related work as a tax-exempt organization eligible to receive tax-deductible gifts. Either public charities (aka 501(c)(3) nonprofits) do not know that they can or do not know the extent to which they can participate in the political process.

Federal law, as it stands, does not forbid public charities from involvement with government. The problem, as outlined in the book A Voice for Nonprofits, is that 501c3s are not actively engaging in the political process and speaking for their constituents to the extent that they are allowed by law.

So what can a nonprofit do to provide valuable information to the public in an election year without jeopardizing its 501(c)(3) status?

*Disclaimer: I am not an expert, lawyer, or IRS  employee (although I consulted and learned from a few to write this post), so please do the proper research before acting on what you read here!

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