YNPN Blog: Resources, People, Ideas

Our Resource Library

There are many resources available for young nonprofit professionals interested in learning more about the nonprofit sector. Many of these resources are provided by national organizations that work to improve the nonprofit sector through disseminating information about specific areas of the sector, whether that be finance, fundraising, governance, etc. Please review the Sector Resources page for a listing of popular organizations that provide valuable information for many different types of nonprofit organizations.

Sharing and learning from best practices can help the YNPN network grow and thrive.

The following sample documents have been provided courtesy of YNPN chapters, to search by category, see the sidebar. These documents are meant to serve as a reference and provide chapters with samples and ideas. Please note that each YNPN chapter is different and therefore many of these documents will also vary accordingly.

If you are interested in contributing a best practice of your own, please submit it to bestpractices@ynpn.org.

2011 National Conference

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YNPN Digest 12-21-2010

 In this Update:

  • Connect with YNPN-Austin! 
  • 10 Things Your Last Minute Online Donors Want - News 
  • Texas nonprofits an economic force, study says - News 
  • Blue Genie Art Bazaar - Event 
  • DiscoverHope Fund Board of Directors: Foundations Chair - Volunteer Opportunity 
  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Training Specialist - Job Opportunity 
  • Foundation Communities, Bilingual Adult Education Coordinator - Job Opportunity

YNPN Event - Do-Gooder Wednesday


January Do-Gooder Wednesday

January 19, 2010
5:30pm  - 7:00pm @ House Wine


"Do-Gooder Wednesdays" are hosted every third Wednesday of the month at various locations around town, so mark your calendars! This is a fun way to Connect with people in the nonprofit community, so bring a friend or come alone, we welcome everyone. See you there!

YNPN Digest 1-4-2011

In this Update:

  • YNPN-Austin Do-Gooder Wednesday - YNPN Event 
  • GivingCity Austin Givers Ball - Event 
  • Leadership Austin Engage: Non-Profit & For-Profit Collaborations - Event 
  • They Speak: Citywide Youth Poetry Slam #4! - Event
  • Philanthropy's 10 Favorite Buzzwords of the Decade Show How Nonprofits Are Changing - News 
  • Communities in Schools, Mentor - Volunteer Opportunity 
  • Connect with YNPN-Austin!

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Transition from iModules to WordPress – Deadline February 1

After much anticipation, the Network’s WordPress platform is ready to implement! YNPN National is providing the hosting and basic support of the recommended WordPress solution, to your Chapter, free of charge.

If your Chapter is currently dependent on the iModules platform, beginning the transition and completing the process by February 1, 2011, must be a priority!  The iModules platform will no longer be available through YNPN National after that time, and your information will become inaccessible!  If you haven’t started to export your data and/or content, please do so (detailed instructions were provided in a Nov 22 email to the leaders list and can also be found on the tech site, accessible once you have been set up on the system, created specifically to assist in this transition).

If you had indicated through the Google Form that you are the main contact for this transition, Dana Skallman, member of the YNPN Tech Task Force, will contact you shortly via email, to confirm your Chapter information and create your user.  Once you receive your login email, you will be ready to access the platform to build your new website and have access to the tech site which is loaded with helpful resources and common setup scenarios to ease the transition.  (Chapters will be contacted in the following order:  (1) those currently dependent on iModules, (2) those that do not have a site, and (3) those that have a site (not iModules) but interested in transitioning to the Network's platform.)

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact Tuesday Çetin at tuesday.cetin@gmail.com.

Attention: YNPNers seeking Rockstar status

YNPN National is excited to announce a discount for YNPN members across the country on the just released How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar e-book by top nonprofit bloggers Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris.

They have co-authored the first book of its kind to offer career advice beyond just getting your foot in the door of a nonprofit organization. The book is a collection of Trista and Rosetta’s advice and lessons learned- and is certain to be a helpful resource to a young nonprofit professional looking to get to the next level. It is an engaging read, full of specific tips and engaging anecdotes about Trisha and Rosetta as well as other young professionals.

Synopsis from their website:

Do you feel stuck in your nonprofit career? Unsure how to take that next step? How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is an accessible, do-it-yourself map of how to navigate the nonprofit sector and gives you the tools that you need to move from entry level to leadership. This book is designed for professionals who want to build meaningful and rewarding nonprofit careers. How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is based on the authors’ experiences as well as interviews with nonprofit rockstars who have supercharged their careers. You’ll learn how to develop meaningful nonprofit experience, build a strong network, establish a strong personal brand, achieve the elusive work/life balance, and move on up in your career.

YNPN members receive a lifetime discount on the e-book version at http://www.e-junkie.com/shop/product/442001.php. Members can use the code YNPN to save $5 off the retail price.

Looking to take your leadership to the next level?

If you are committed to nonprofits, ready for a new challenge, and want to help lead the YNPN movement, we encourage you to apply here by September 27 for a two-year term (Jan. 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2012) with the YNPN National Board.

We are a working board, helping to steer the course of YNPN's growth, national presence, committees, programs, and activities. We are looking particularly for people with skills and experience in:

  • strategy and organization development
  • familiarity with organizations comprised of geographically diverse chapters
  • advocacy and/or marketing and public relations
  • financial oversight
  • fundraising (foundations, individuals, sponsorships)
  • technology

Most importantly, we are seeking people who are passionate about the YNPN movement, are committed and follow through on their word, and are excellent project and volunteer managers. We also want to continue to diversify the board, not only in terms of race, gender etc., but also in terms of professions, geography, and involvement with YNPN chapters.

Below is a link to the board application, which will give you more information about the opportunities and responsibilities that come with National Board membership and the complete process to apply. This is an exciting time for the organization and board members will benefit from incredible professional and personal development opportunities. We hope you will consider joining us!

Link to the application:

If you have questions about the application process or about National Board service, please direct them to applications@ynpn.org.
Also, if you know of individuals who may be good candidates for the national board, please pass this information along to them.
The deadline to apply here is September 27, 2010. Selected candidates will interview with current board members in early October. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2011.

Second Annual Summit Aims to Shape Our Youth’s Legacy Today

The 30 Summit brings the nation’s top young leaders to New York this Labor Day Weekend to think big by asking: what legacy will our generation leave?

As the world grapples with the global financial crisis, a national healthcare calamity, and persistent educational and economic inequities both at home and abroad, our generation’s legacy is becoming increasingly relevant. The youth of America need to begin to forge their legacy now in order to have a seat at the table as leaders from around the world make the decisions that will impact our generation.  What if you had Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Meg Whitman, and Rick Warren in one room… 30 years ago? The Summit, by bringing together some of the most brilliant young Americans in one room thinking big about their legacies, seeks to do just that.

The 30 Summit is apolitical and therefore presents a breath of fresh air in an age when news is becoming more instantaneous and polarizing. In our homogenous and highly-segregated society, the Summit crosses socioeconomic and cultural lines and brings together vibrant perspectives that may have never been brought together in the same room. The Summit will allow its participants to think outside the box and take a long-term view in grappling with our legacies and the world’s global challenges.

Thus, from September 3-5 at University Settlement in SoHo, Summit participants – including a community organizer, university professors, faith leaders, a hip-hop wellness expert, a World Series of Poker player,  government leaders, a former nuclear submarine officer, non-profit leaders, and others – will come together from across industries and ideologies to wrestle with today’s (and tomorrow’s) biggest challenges. In addition to University Settlement, the Summit has partnered with the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City, and Acacia Unlimited to make the gathering a success.

The format of the Summit resembles TED talks, the Aspen Ideas festival, and a Presidential Cabinet meeting – combined.  Each Summit participant gets 30 minutes to present and stimulate conversation on a topic related to their work and leadership. Every presentation must include audience participation and time for questions and answers, enabling the group to add to or push back on ideas, contemplate the cross-sector applicability of different concepts, and collaboratively engage in conversations around tough issues. As the ideas from the Summit percolate, participants continue their conversations beyond the weekend and carry them forward into their lives.

But the event seeks to inspire far more than its participants. By posting content from the Summit on its web, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, the Summit seeks to reach a broader audience. For more details and live updates, visit www.30summit.com.