More Than an 'I Voted' Sticker

As someone who had to wait three years and 11 months after turning 18 to vote in my first Presidential election, you better believe an election does not go by without me getting my “I voted” sticker—and that includes all state and local elections, too. When I first had the opportunity to vote, the personal importance of the event was purely that I was exercising my right as an American to influence the people who represented me in Congress. At that time, I was voting for “me,” the individual. I wasn’t thinking about which candidate had policies that aligned with my broader identity or life as a college student. I voted for the candidate I personally felt I agreed with more on the “big issues". Continue reading

Finding Your Niche at a Nonprofit

If you had asked me then where I saw myself in 10 years, I might have said I would be the lead evaluation specialist for education and training programs at a children’s hospital. But if you had told me I would one day lead social media initiatives for a health policy journal, I would have probably asked, “What’s social media?”  Although I have worked in nonprofits for the past seven years, I have changed job roles multiple times. And each time I started a new position at a new organization, I immediately looked for opportunities for development and growth. But I never thought I would be a Twitter aficionado or participate in implementing an organization-wide digital media strategy.  Continue reading

Application Status: Approved for Graduation

Three simple words served as the champagne toast to one of the most exhilarating, demanding, and rewarding experiences of my life. These three words indicated that I officially completed my Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree from the University of Maryland University College, and joined the eight percent of Americans who hold a master’s degree. As a firm believer in the nonprofit sector I chose to dedicate my higher education to nonprofit and association management. The part-time UMUC MSM program is valuable program that is designed specifically for working professionals. Students are required to complete the same major management courses on organizational theory, advanced statistics, finance, and strategic planning. In addition to these requirements students also chose a specialty (such as accounting, marketing, or nonprofit management).  Continue reading

YNPNdc and MPA@UNC Have an Opportunity for YNPNdc Members

YNPNdc is pleased to partner with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government to help our members earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) online. As a member of YNPNdc, you are eligible to receive a $5,000 academic fellowship if you are accepted to and enroll in MPA@UNC, the online format of the School’s MPA program. Continue reading

Building Connections at the Annual Leadership Conference

You’ve purchased your tickets, read through all of the awesome sessions offered, and are getting pumped up to attend the YNPNdc Annual Leadership Conference. There’s a catch, though: you’ve never attended the Annual Leadership Conference before, and you’re not quite sure how to make the most of it. No sweat—we’ve got you covered! Continue reading

How to Keep Calm and Carry On with Your Database Conversion

Every nonprofit professional knows that databases are the linchpin of your organization. This will become exceptionally evident during a database conversion. Since the fall of 2013, the Folger Shakespeare Library has been transitioning from using multiple databases to using Tessitura institution-wide. This is an exciting time for the Folger as the conversion will allow staff to share data cross-departmentally like never before. However, a major transition like this one can also be stressful, and it's for this reason that I want to share tips about how you can keep your head above water during a database conversion at your own organization. Continue reading

Beyond the Next Job Hunt: Finding Your Ideal Mentoring Relationship

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Mentor was the character who had been given charge of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, while his father was away during the Trojan War. Although the man himself did not inspire the modern usage of the term, the goddess Athena was said to have appeared as Mentor to provide encouragement and advice to Telemachus in a time of difficulty. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was recognized for her shrewdness and skill in practical strategy. She was often an advisor to leaders and warriors. Even though Mentor may have inspired the terminology, Athena inspired its meaning. Continue reading

From meeting skeptic to active participant

We've all been in a meeting where it feels like pulling teeth to get people to talk, give ideas, or brainstorm. We also know that person who tends to dominate meeting discussions.  So how are you supposed to get the opinions of everyone in the room, when no one seems comfortable providing their input? Continue reading

Introducing the new YNPNdc website

It’s a new year and YNPNdc is kicking things off with a whole new look.  We’re proud to introduce our brand new website! Take a look around and be the first to explore the redesigned YNPNdc.org, which is streamlined and easier to navigate. After months of researching, weighing different CMS options, and discussing everything from pixels to site maps, we’re thrilled to be starting 2015 with one New Year’s resolution crossed firmly off our list. Continue reading

4 Important Things to Do within 90 Days at a New Job

By Katy Beth Cassell and Danielle Devery We both started new jobs in early June (on the same day!), and as exciting as it was, it also was a huge adjustment. Our new jobs took us to larger organizations where we had new skills to learn, busier schedules, and more responsibility. But we’re happy to report that after three months, we are settling in nicely to our new positions. Looking back, we came up with four important things to do within 90 days of starting a new job. Continue reading