Now, through April 3, YNPN members may register for the upcoming Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference for just $179 ($20 off non-MCN-member registration and $60 off non-MCN-member late registration). To get this deal, use the code ALLYSPECIAL. The conference will take place on April 10 in Minneapolis, and is sure to spark new learning and new connections. And there is virtually no limit to the information and resources you can gain from the impressive line-up of expert keynote and breakout presenters. Register now with the promo code ALLYSPECIAL!
You may have heard it bandied about that YNPN-TC members are now able to become Individual MCN members for $15. You may also be wondering about Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and the benefits of joining. Luckily, MCN’s Michaela Charleston, Memberships and Communications Coordinator, was able to give us the scoop.
Could you give us a brief background about MCN for those who need to catch up?
MCN was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector.
MCN maintains a democratic membership structure and representative board, and works to promote the importance of nonprofits in our communities and deliver information through large formats, such as conferences and online, frequently in partnership with allied organizations.
Can you give us the highlights of the benefits of MCN membership?
MCN members gain access to a variety of member benefits that will help you: stay informed; save time and money; network with other nonprofits and peers; learn from important sector research; advocate for the nonprofit sector, and award leading nonprofits.
For more specific benefit information, visit Join MCN.
Plus, as an MCN member you’ll be able to apply for YNPN-TC’s MCN conference scholarships!
How do you think MCN member benefits complement what YNPN-TC is doing for our members?
Both MCN and YNPN-TC provide peer support networks for nonprofit professionals with an emphasis on professional development. A partnership between the two organizations makes sense, as it joins two large networks with the same purpose.
Through a membership with MCN, YNPN-TC members can gain discounts to trainings and events (which are also networking opportunities) including scholarship opportunities that are set aside for YNPN-TC members specifically. YNPN-TC members who become MCN members are also joining a network of 2,000 nonprofit organizations (12,000 nonprofit professionals) that all work to advocate on the sector’s behalf.
MCN is an association, which means a big part of what you offer is networking, collaborating, convening and community. What’s special about the MCN community?
To answer this one, Michaela let MCN members speak for themselves! These comments come from the MCN Member and Conference Surveys
“Count on MCN being there, supporting the nonprofit sector on issues that I might not even be aware of.”
“I really appreciate the resources MCN provides. I have made great use of numerous resources and I am always impressed by the knowledge. professionalism and responsiveness of the staff. Thank you!”
“Just thank you for your excellent resources. It helps me to organize, eases the workload - thanks!”
“Thank you for all of the great work you do on behalf of the nonprofit community, the people we help and the community as a whole!”
Thank you to Michaela for answering our questions! We’re so excited to partner with MCN to benefit YNPN-TC members and the MN nonprofit sector!
Ready to take advantage of all MCN has to offer? Check out our handy instructions on how to join MCN at the discounted rate here!
What’s coming down the YNPN-TC pipeline in 2014? While we’ll be having lots of fun, fresh programs, we’ll also be reprising some of your favorite programs from past years:
- Scattershot Café:
- This day of member-led small group conversations held simultaneously at coffee shops around the Twin Cities will be back for its third year this September. You pick your preferred topic and location, show up for a discussion, and catch up with the other conversations on Twitter! Interested in leading a discussion? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 5 Minutes in Hell:
- Get fired up as YNPN-TC members take the hot seat to deliver five-minute presentations on topics ranging from social media to brewing beer. This fun, high-energy event will be back for its third year in October. Want to test your speaking mettle and give a talk? Watch for an RFP coming up before the event!
- Resume Review and Headshots:
- Back by popular demand, we’ll be offering free headshots and resume reviews in August! Stay tuned for details on how you can access this fabulous benefit.
- Breakfasts of Champions:
- Now in its second year, our series of monthly morning conversations with executive directors will be launching soon! Look for announcements in your email and be sure to register quickly, since these small-group sessions fill up fast!
- Emerging Leaders Network sessions:
- Our third Friday lunchtime discussions at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits are still going strong! Bring your lunch and drop in for great networking and conversation!
More to come as far as new events, and don’t forget to save the date for the YNPN National Conference on June 26-28 at the Humphrey Center. Even if you can’t make the conference, watch for info on programming open to all on those evenings! Lots of great things are coming in 2014, and we want you to be there!
YNPN-TC is always looking for a few good men and women to pitch in. If you're looking to get more involved, get some sweet skills, or even just get to know some cool people consider one of the following volunteer opportunities. Think you've got what it takes? Go to http://www.ynpntwincities.org/volunteer/ and fill out our volunteer interest form!
Programming Committee Member
Join the group of geniuses who plan YNPN's programs, ranging from intimate executive director breakfasts to big networking events to fun, social member meet-ups! Hone your organizing skills, meet new friends, and make your professional development ideas into reality!
Character/s who would be best in this position: The Avengers
Like the Avengers, Programming Committee members combine their diverse strengths to come to the rescue of young nonprofit professionals with fun and engaging programs.
Facebook Community Specialist
- Post daily during the week about upcoming events, new blog posts, relevant articles for YNPs, etc.
- Respond to Facebook messages
- Encourage members to be engaged on the page
Character who would be best in this position: Woody (Toy Story)
Always up to date with what's going on, approachable, friendly, good at keeping community together and thriving.
Twitter Community Specialist
- Tweet/schedule tweets for 3-5 times a day throughout the week about relevant articles for YNPs, upcoming YNPN- TC and related events, new YNPN-TC blog posts, etc.
- Retweet posts from other organizations and members about @ynpntc and related YNP information.
- Respond to tweets for @ynpntc
- Engage with members, encourage members to participate in conversation with YNPN-TC
Character who would be best in this position: Anna (Frozen).
Personable, super outgoing, not afraid to be herself (true to her own voice).
LinkedIn Community Specialist
- Every two to three weeks, send an update to LinkedIn members about upcoming events and opportunities from YNPN-TC
- Watch and engage members in posting in the LinkedIn community
- Post relevant articles for YNPs
Character who would be best in this role: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Down to business but fun, not afraid to try new things, friendly and always willing to answer questions and help others.
Instagram Community Specialist
- Post pictures from recent events/news
- Watch for mentions of @ynpntc and repost
Character who would be best in this role: Peter Parker (Spider-man)
Photographer by day, superhero by night. The superhero part is optional for this position.
YNPN-TC members kicked off the new year by examining their priorities and setting goals. Diane Tran, of Minnesota Rising, led the workshop where members were pre-matched with a small group of theirs peers, helping to support each other beyond the event to make their goals a reality. See what they came up with: