YNPN Blog: Resources, People, Ideas

Lessons from Crowdsourcing Board Service

YNPN_Chicago_4.jpgYNPN Chicago hosts a monthly #YNPNChiChat on Twitter, connecting virtually with their members and sparking important conversations within the nonprofit sector. They recently tackled the topic of Board Service to answer potential members’ burning questions about joining a board and hear from experts across the country.

Written by YNPN Chicago Board Member SommerAnn McCullough, below are the key takeaways you should know before joining a board! As a network of 50,000+ young nonprofit professionals, we hope to see you at a future #YNPNChiChat, hosted the second Thursday of the month from 12pm-1pm CT.

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#YNPN17: Turning Awareness into Action

Every summer, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the premier organization for emerging leaders in the nonprofit and social sectors, hosts a conference to convene, connect, and mobilize members from across the country. This year, YNPN is partnering with YNPN Atlanta to help galvanize our members around developing trends in the sector, EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion), social entrepreneurship, and other topics we feel are pertinent to our members and their organizations.

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Launchpad Fellow Spotlight: Luis Roman

YNPN believes in developing the nonprofit talent necessary to build a just and equitable world. So we’ve developed the YNPN Launchpad Fellows program as a way for talented folks who are interested in building their skills and experience in a very specific area to lend their time and talents to a fast-growing, dynamic organization. Our 2016-2017 Fellows started back in October. Over the next few months, we will be catching up with them to hear about what they've been up to and what they've learned.

This month we'll be hearing from: Luis Roman, our Community Engagement Coordinator!

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Launchpad Fellow Spotlight: Colin Cumming

YNPN believes in developing the nonprofit talent necessary to build a just and equitable world. So, we’ve developed the YNPN Launchpad Fellows program as a way for talented folks who are interested in building their skills and experience in a very specific area to lend their time and talents to a fast-growing, dynamic organization. Our 2016-2017 Fellows started back in October. Over the next few months, we will be catching up with them to hear about what they've been up to and what they've learned.

Up first: Colin Cumming, our Communications Coordinator!

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Introducing our new Associate Director: Trystan Reese!

As you may know, for the past few months, we've been conducting a national search for an Associate Director at YNPN National.

We are excited to announce that the search is over and we have hired Trystan Reese to create and execute our overall fundraising strategy to meet our budget in 2017 and lead our efforts to grow that budget in the future. Starting February 1, he will also be our communications mastermind, ensuring that YNPN’s voice and the voices of our members are heard loudly, clearly, and effectively.

 

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How to be the Board Chair you want to be (hint: you’re going to need to ask for help)

After attending numerous nonprofit-specific conferences, I noticed a trend: at least one breakout session reserved for Executive Directors to share best practices, seek advice, or simply lament on the woes of being a nonprofit Executive Director. But, what about a dedicated space for nonprofit board chairs, particularly those on working boards?

At the 2016 YNPN national conference, both current and incoming YNPN chapter board chairs convened to have this much overdue conversation. I was nearing my second year serving as the YNPN Triangle's chair at that time. No surprise to me, I gained much insight from my peers. Here’s are five key takeaways from our conversation: 

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YNPN Outgoing Board: Passing the Leadership Torch

As 2016 comes to a close, we sat down with three of our outgoing National Board Members Kate Capossela, Lindsay Jensen and Qyana Stewart to help us reflect on our progress as a network. We discussed what YNPN has contributed to the sector and their professional growth as well as what we can look forward to in YNPN’s future.

With over two decades of combined experience in the network and too many contributions to count, help us to say thank you to these Board members by donating in their honor today.*

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Announcing newest additions to the National Board

This blog is a part of our monthly Board Member series.

2016 has been a challenging year, but we at the YNPN National Board are eager to take on the challenges – and opportunities – facing us in 2017 head on. We're feeling much better equipped to do so because we now have five new board members!

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A Board Member’s Perspective on Going Virtual

This blog is a part of our monthly Board Member series. In January of 2016 YNPN began employing full-time staff remotely and in 2017 our operations will officially go virtual with the sole Executive Director Jamie Smith relocating to Portland, OR from New York, NY where we formerly maintained an office. The following blog captures the perspective and decision-making process the National Board of Directors made when making our operations and staffing model virtual.

 

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Tips & Tricks for #GivingTuesday

Last year, over 700,000 people in over 70 countries raised over $117 million for good causes--in just one day! It’s become a global phenomenon, and you don’t want to miss out.

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