What kind of person do you picture when you hear the words board of directors? Take a few seconds and think about it. Now, take out the old white guy you’re imagining, and put yourself in.
Yes, you. Millennials are vastly underrepresented on boards of directors in the nonprofit world—only 17% of nonprofit board members are under the age of 40 (meanwhile, more than half are over 50). While a typical board recruit might be someone with decades of job experience, young professionals have more to offer as board members than one might think.Read more
First off, let’s clear up one question: How do I know if I’m a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities (YNPN-TC)? If you’re anything like me, you might not be exactly sure what membership means. I started attending YNPN-TC events several years ago as I was finishing up a term of national volunteer service and starting to explore my career options. Did that make me a member? I got more involved and starting volunteering on the Programming Committee. Did that make me a member? I applied and joined the board. Did that make me a member?
Short answer: YES! (From the get-go!)
Long answer: Once you attend an event with us and/or sign up for our email list, you’re official! YNPN-TC membership is 100% free so you never have to worry about paying dues. (Side note: We now have 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit, and supporters are always welcome to donate to us to help us continue to provide high-quality programming without charging a fee to members.)
Now that you know how simple it is to become a member, let’s talk about how to get the most out of your membership.Read more
"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." - Winston Churchill
It's time for a new Strategic Plan!
For those of you who just groaned out loud, know that I am actually a huge fan of Strategic Plans...or rather, of Strategic Planning. The process of taking a detailed look at the organization and creating a path towards a more successful future is one that every nonprofit organization should approach with excitement. While it’s possible to get trapped in the process of developing the absolutely perfect strategic plan, it’s better to forget the drive towards perfection and word-smithing. Instead, push forward into the toughest of questions and let your MVV (Mission, Vision, and Values) be your guide to determine the best path towards the future.
YNPN-TC is currently on its last six months of the previous Strategic Plan (more on that below), so we are in the process of developing our newest plan that will be launched for 2018. This new multi-year plan will be developed over the course of the next six months, and it will be published for our members to see once it’s complete.Read more
This month, we wanted to give a big, giant welcome to this year’s newest board members!
To introduce them to you, we thought we would play a fun game: two truths and a lie! Read a bit about each new boardie, then see if you can guess which fun facts are true and which one is a fib.
And a big welcome to the YNPN-TC Board!Read more
Five amazing YNPN-TC Board Members are finishing up their terms at the end of the year: Carl Atiya Swanson, Brandon Boat, Cary Walski, Madeline Graham, and Chris Oien.
How can we say thank you to these individuals who have contributed so much to YNPN-TC?Read more
Congrats to YNPN Twin Cities' Officers and Chairs for 2016! We're excited to see where this leadership team takes us in 2016. There's talk of starting a band. Probably a heavily auto-tuned pop group, but we're going to take the world by storm. Look out, One Direction.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
Applications for the YNPN Twin Cities Board of Directors opened on September 8th—we are on the lookout for awesome people to join us! I thought I would write a blog post describing my experience as a board member after nearly one year and hopefully inspire some of you to apply and help shape our beloved organization.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I will say this about my decision to go for the YNPN Board – it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It has given me an incredible opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. I’ve been able to meet and get to know other amazing nonprofit professionals and develop leadership skills I didn’t know I had. Being on the board is so much more than that though.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