In just a few short days, the 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network–Twin Cities board application will be live on this very website, ready for you (you awesome person) to write a few paragraphs and put yourself in the running. If you’ve been to an YNPN event, you’ve seen board members circulating among members and planning behind the scenes. But why should you apply? I’ve found what makes board leadership worth it (beyond the people, connections, events, etc.) are the flashes of recognition, the moments you realize you are doing work that aligns with who you are. So put yourself in the future: it’s winter 2014, and you’re at the start of your first board term. Here are the moments that will make you happy you joined.Read more
As nonprofit employees in one of the friendliest states in the nation, we can’t help it—we love collaborating. In most cases, this is a really, really good thing (there’s a reason why “Allied for Action” is the theme of the MCN/MCF conference this year). We solve problems faster and gain unexpected knowledge from the best collaborations. I’m currently part of a multi-organization partnership that is firing on all cylinders, and it’s incredibly motivating.Read more
In their excellent book Superconnect, Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood emphasize the “strength of weak links,” recognizing that we can yield “enormous dividends” by reaching out to the acquaintances in our lives. This is the half of networking we’re always told to work on—as we build our group of professional acquaintances, we increase the chances that one of them will lead us to that perfect new opportunity or connection. There’s certainly some truth to this.
But the authors of Superconnect pay short shrift to the other half to networking (or as we should really be calling it: connecting). It’s not just about expanding your group of random “weak links.” It’s about habitually strengthening the bonds you have with your closest connections. When your good friends know what’s going on in your life, it makes it easier for them to offer support, accountability, and ideas.Read more
Meet Three of Our New Board Members - Cary, Lauren and Lucas!
When asked to do a short article about us for The Bridge, our collective competitiveness kicked in. These were going to be the coolest most informative new board member intros to date. But why do just an article? How about a puppet show? Interpretive dance? A three act play in iambic pentameter?
Okay, so we didn’t come up with a way quite that epic to tell you a little about ourselves, but we all think you’ll enjoy watching these short videos. We decided to take you on location to a spot around the Twin Cities that has shaped who we are today, and why we’re excited to be a part of YNPN’s latest board recruits.Read more