Taking Your Chapter to the Next Level
Congratulations, you and some of your nonprofit friends have decided to start a chapter of YNPN. You made it through your first event, built a decent-sized web presence and have lots of support. What’s next? How do you know when it’s time to take the next step? Should your chapter step back?
Speaking from experience, when you are ready to go to the next level:
- People gladly come to your events
- People routinely offer to pay for membership
- You have the backing of major nonprofit leaders
- You have a core leadership team
- Private and Public sector organizations, including the media are paying attention
What does that next level look like? First, take a look at the YNPN chapter levels on the website. You may or may not fit through all the loops, but if you fit through a lot, then you’ve emerged into either a novice or affiliate chapter.
In addition, take a look around at other professional associations and nonprofits in the area that are well run. Those organizations are your best barometer of how the nonprofit sector in your city functions and also what types of events, fundraisers and information your community needs. They are also your sponsors, mentors and friends as you establish yourself in the community.
Finally, make sure that you have these things in order:
- Determine your legal structure. Decide if you are going to be a division of your local Jaycee, United Way, or other nonprofit organization or if you will pursue an independent 501c3 or LLC.
- Incorporate and maintain proper licenses to operate and manage money in your jurisdiction.
- If one exists, join your local nonprofit consortium or advisory group.
- Support other young professional, nonprofit and professional groups
- Be transparent about all leadership decisions, as well as bylaws and policies.
Last but not least, have fun! Being apart of the YNPN family has brought me many benefits and I hope it does the same for you.