First, I wanted to bring you all up to speed on the haps of my first few weeks. Here are some highlights:
- September 13 - turned the YNPN Board Chair reigns over to the capable hands of interim Board Chair, Kim Caldwell
- September 19 - began transitioning into the YNPN Director position as I wrapped up my former position at the Building Movement Project.
- September 22 - got to spend some QT with the dynamic board of YNPN Phoenix chapter while I was out in Arizona for the National Conference on Citizenship. (ps - Have you heard about YNPN Pheonix's annual Tour de Phoenix? It's dope. Check it out!)
- October 1 - on my first official, official day as YNPN Director, I had the good fortune of being at the root of YNPN civilization - San Francisco Bay Area - and met with the YNPN SFBA board. Here's what I came away with: YNPN SFBA is a powerhouse. The 2012 YNPN National Conference that they are hosting is not to be missed. You should be there. More to come.
- October 6 - YNPN got a shoutout in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Gladys Tchume got something to put on the fridge next to my 8th grade soccer certificate. Big day on many levels.
- October 7-8 - spent two days in Baltimore visioning, reflecting, workplanning, storming, norming, performing, transforming and all other manner of gerund with the YNPN National Board at our biannual board meeting (graciously hosted for the 4th year in a row by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.) Exciting and inspiring. Big things to come, friends.
- The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network has always played a critical role in developing and retaining talent in the sector. As the challenges facing society deepen, more and more people both within our membership and outside of our membership are looking to YNPN to play an even greater role in these areas.
- As we move forward, we not only want to continue to provide the professional development and networking opportunities that have been our hallmark for the past 15 years, but we want to start shaping a deeper common narrative for our network and the impact that we want to have in the world - What will it take to move towards the more just and equitable society we all hope to acheive? What skills, values, relationships and practices do we need to develop as young professionals in this sector to be able to work towards this more equitable world AND sustain ourselves for the long haul? How can we leverage the strength of our network to influence broader conversations about what the sector can do to achieve it's social mission?
- We'll be applying our best thinking and strategizing to the issue of network infrastructure! As recently as last week, lively discussions about revisiting our tax status were bubbling on this list about revisiting our tax status - c3 v. c6. This question is part of an exciting, much larger conversation that will be a central focus for the coming year. The current YNPN network model works and, for the most part, works well. But we have the power to be so much more nimble, connected and impactful as a network once we have greater clarity about the relationship between national and chapters, once have a better sense of when, how and how often we communicate, and once we have the infrastructure both in terms of technology and in terms of process to support a stronger model. Over the next 12 months, our chief goal will be to gather input from each of you through various channels (including in-person forums held in cities across the network!) in order to shape the best model for our network infrastructure moving forward. I'm couldn't be more excited to see what we'll come up with together!
- YNPN will have a stronger voice in sector-wide conversations! In just a couple of weeks, we will be releasing our second-ever National Voice report based on data provided by all of you and your members. Over the next year, I will be carrying the message of this report (and the message that YNPN can and should be at the table for sector-wide conversations) to conferences, panels, online chats and one-on-one meetings with stakeholders. As you heard in last Friday's email from our National Voice committee, YNPN National will also be providing YOU and YOUR CHAPTERS with the materials and training necessary for you to be able to advocate at the local level for stronger leadership development across the sector.
We will be able to provide stronger support for chapters! We'll be continuing with the webinars, chapter level calls and the chapter engagement plan that connects you directly with reps from the National board. But this year, you'll see added benefits like:
- new and improved features of the annual conference
- deeper, direct engagement with affiliate chapters
- a new chapter levels guide, enhanced based on your feedback
- better data collection and dissemination to help you understand the network and your chapter's place in it
- as well as increased offerings on the web platform (like the new intranet and a revival of the best practices resource center)
As the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) prepares to mark its 15 year anniversary in 2012, the organization hits another milestone- the hiring of its first National Director. Trish Tchume, longtime YNPN member and current YNPN National board member, has been named to the newly developed position.
Growth and the State of the Network Over the last 15 years, YNPN has grown to over 30 local chapters with more than 30,000 members. Given demographic and generational shifts as well as the growth of the sector overall, the work of YNPN has become more and more important. As the network has developed, it has become an essential networking and learning conduit for young professionals in the sector with an exceptionally broad local reach into cities and regions across the country. Most importantly, many local chapters serve as change-agents, improving the caliber of work within their local nonprofit communities.
With the addition of a director, the national organization will be better positioned to focus on developing the organizational infrastructure necessary to strengthen the network, grow its programming support for chapters, pursue deeper partnerships with other national organizations, advocate for young professionals and continue to push wider conversations about sector innovation. (View the National Director Position Description.)
“YNPN’s growth throughout the social sector over the last fifteen years is an appealing example of scale. To achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children and families, the social sector requires greater numbers of high-performing, diverse talent that can be networked and deployed throughout our sector. We believe in YNPN’s potential to continue to grow on a national scale and to serve as one of many key talent pipelines for the social sector. I am confident in Trish Tchume’s leadership as the first National Director and thrilled to have YNPN as a partner in our work,” said Rafael López, Associate Director of Talent and Leadership Development at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
A Visionary Leader and a Committed Member The hiring committee, comprised of chapter representatives and YNPN National board members from around the country selected Trish Tchume to fill the newly developed position. Ms. Tchume has been a long-time YNPN member, committed national board member, and an exceptional young sector leader.
“As a board member of YNPN Orlando for nearly three years, I have been so impressed with the level of passion and professionalism displayed in every volunteer member of the YNPN National team. When I learned that YNPN was seeking its first full-time National Director, I knew I had to be involved in this process,“ said Shari Orr, a chapter representative involved in the hiring. “Trish Tchume’s vast nonprofit experience will certainly prove invaluable to our organization, and to the nonprofit sector as a whole. I am excited to work under her leadership!”
Ms. Tchume most recently served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project following her position as Director of Training for Idealist.org. In 2009, she was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Independent Sector NGEN Fellows and continues to serve on the advisory board for the NGen program. Through her years of involvement with YNPN, Ms. Tchume has been motivated by the limitless possibilities that come from having young leaders pool their time, talents and relationships to build a stronger sector.
Reflecting on her involvement with YNPN and her selection as the organization’s first director, Ms. Tchume said, “I’m humbled and amazed when I think about the journey YNPN has taken from that small group of young professionals in San Francisco who decided to turn to each other for support, to becoming the organization we are today with over 30 chapters and 30,000 members across the country. Our numbers have grown exponentially, but one of the things that has always touched me about YNPN is the fact that our culture of mutual support and generosity remains the same. It’s a beautiful legacy to be a part of and I couldn’t be more proud to have the opportunity to be the person to carry that legacy into this next stage of YNPN’s journey.”
“Having Trish as our first National Director brightens the future of the network and the sector as a whole,” Kim Caldwell, YNPN National Board Vice Chair said. “We will be able to more effectively harness the power and creativity of our vast network to make meaningful progress towards the better world we seek to create. The network is already strong; Trish’s focus and accountability will only make us stronger.”
Haven't had the chance to meet Trish yet? See her video introduction below!
Thank You for 15 Years of Impact in the Nonprofit Sector We are excited about the future of YNPN and believe with added staff capacity at the national level, we’ll be better able to serve chapters, advocate on behalf of the network, and build a stronger presence nationally. We stand on the shoulders of those who have served YNPN before us and we stand together with chapter leaders across the country working to build a stronger nonprofit sector.
We are so excited to continue this 15 year journey together!