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
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton
A few weeks ago, some friends and I attended a weekend seminar entitled Superpower You. The goal of the weekend was to name our inherent superpowers and use them to be more unapologetically, gloriously ourselves. Through a series of exercises, work sheets, conversations, and a few tears, I now know my superpowers.Read more
These days, I spend some time at the Minnesota Capitol complex. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who knows the ins-and-out of the political process and political maneuvering. I’ve realized in the last few weeks, I’ve got a ways to go before I can spout off different political scenarios and predict how a particular piece of legislation will move through the legislature. What I do know is that nonprofits and YOU have an important role to play in statewide policy making. Together, we can make a policy difference that will impact the lives of real Minnesotans. Most policy decisions are informed by lobbyists, interested parties, and constituents who voice their opinions to legislators. It is part of the democratic tradition and helps find real solutions to help real people.Read more
So what do the Olympics have to do with working in a nonprofit anyway?
I unabashedly love the Olympics! The global spirit, ceremony, fanfare, and anticipation of athletes representing far corners of the world stir in me excitement, joy and wild rooting usually reserved for strategic planning! Seriously. As I’ve been watching the games these last two weeks, I have marveled at the supernatural feats of Olympians. But I know they are just humans – at the top of their game. In addition to their raw talent, incredible commitment, endurance, and strength, I also admire how they play the game, their triumphs and defeats.
There’s a lot we young nonprofit professionals can take away from the Olympics.Read more
This is definitely my favorite time of year - a time for giving, hot chocolate, and reflection. As we get ready to bring in a new year, I always appreciate the opportunity to take a look back at the year past to celebrate what went well, think about growth and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities. 2011 was a BIG year for YNPN Twin Cities. Here’s a list of YNPN’s Top 11 of 2011:Read more
As you might know, YNPN-TC is led by a board of directors, and on that board sit four officers: Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and National Liaison. In August, the board elected new officers who will serve the organization for a whole year.
So, what exactly does it mean to be an officer on this board? Well....Read more
I answered a call by making a call.
From my cozy, sunny office, I made two phone calls (of course, on my break time and from my cell phone)–one to Senator Klobachar and one to Senator Franken. As a constituent, a former AmeriCorps member and public interest lawyer that facilitates legal volunteering, I explained how I have seen AmeriCorps improve communities through education, jobs training and environmental programs. Until it all came tumbling out of my mouth on those phone calls, I didn’t realize how much service meant to me and the people in my life.Read more