YNPNdc In Focus: Humanitarian nonprofits

By Kathleen M. O'Donnell, YNPNdc Volunteer.  YNPNdc In Focus is our blog series highlighting nonprofits in the DC area that correspond with awareness months and timely topics. This month, we’re focusing on humanitarian organizations in honor of World Humanitarian Day. Follow along with this year’s campaign, #NotATarget. Continue reading

Meet Kathleen O'Donnell

Kathleen O'Donnell is a star Communications volunteer with YNPNdc and spends her days as a writer and editor at the American Institute of Architects. As a volunteer, Kathleen is responsible for helping YNPNdc create some of the great content our members have come to expect and connect with. Originally from the coal regions and Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania, Kathleen made the transition to the DC area after going to college and working for a start up company in New York City, where she learned some valuable skills but wanted to be connected to a bigger purpose. She joined the team at AIA and made the move to the DC area and this broader community.  We asked Kathleen a few questions about the work she does - both in the nonprofit sector and at YNPNdc. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event!   Continue reading

In Focus: LGBTQ+ Nonprofits

By Zach Eisenstein, YNPNdc volunteer.  YNPNdc In Focus is our blog series highlighting nonprofits in the DC area that correspond with awareness months and timely topics. This month, we’re focusing on LGBTQ+ nonprofits in honor of Pride Month. Continue reading

Meet Cliff Mayo

Cliff Mayo is a compliance manager at the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) and YNPNdc's 2018-2019 Board Chair. A long-time YNPNdc member and volunteer, he's interested in organizational management and development, and loves to learn, no matter what the subject. An Iowa native (Des Moines, to be precise), Cliff has called the DMV area home for more than eight years. We asked Cliff a few questions about the work he does - both in the nonprofit sector and YNPNdc. Check out his answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event! Continue reading

In Focus: Mental Health Nonprofits

By Kathleen M. O'Donnell, YNPNdc volunteer.  YNPNdc In Focus is our blog series highlighting nonprofits in the DC area that correspond with awareness months and timely topics. This month, we’re focusing on Mental Health Nonprofits in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more online by following #mhm2018. Continue reading

Surviving Conference Season: Advice From Non-profit Event Pros

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell and Tammy A. Barnes, YNPNdc volunteers.  Spring in DC buzzes as associations, charities, and other non-profits host large-scale events to sustain their missions and goals. In support of every event, professionals work long hours and juggle timelines, all while prioritizing their attendees’ experience. Detailed processes and to-do lists keep event organizers on track, but how do they manage crises? How are they able to balance post-conference debriefing with much needed R & R? Four DC-area conference and meeting specialists share their advice for keeping calm and collected during one of the most taxing times of the year. Continue reading

Elevate Women Through Professional Sponsorship

By Kathleen M. O'Donnell, YNPNdc Volunteer -  March is Women’s History Month and the perfect time to think about how you and the women in your life can make a mark on the world.  Continue reading

Member Spotlight - Meet Sarah Siguenza

Sarah Siguenza is a communications professional who serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as External Relations Director. She specializes in digital content production for the global development and humanitarian sector and has been described as passionate with a knack for multi-tasking. A DMV native, Sarah has volunteered for YNPNdc for two and a half years. We asked Sarah a few questions about what inspired her to join YNPNdc and the nonprofit sector. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event! Continue reading

Washington, District of Self-Care

by Tammy A. Barnes, YNPNdc Volunteer -  Ah, February. The month of  fluffy feelings and all things heart-shaped.  When one half of twenty-eight days (occasionally twenty-nine)  is plastered pink and red and chocolate-filled, the month in its entirety represents several core life values: love (Valentine's Day), resiliency (Black History Month), and well-being (Heart Health Awareness Month). Our tiny month of February is a powerful  teacher in how we might achieved a balanced life, 365 days a year.   Continue reading

How to Set Professional Goals Like a Champ

by Kathleen M. O'Donnell and Tammy A. Barnes, YNPNdc Volunteers - Setting goals is a required part of many nonprofit jobs, but the act of goal planning can go beyond just checking some boxes. Professional fulfillment comes in many forms, and thinking carefully about your goals will help you figure out how to get the most out of your career and where you may want to go next.  In addition to helping you move forward, goals also help contextualize and measure your progress along the way. Don’t forget to take time to reflect regularly on where you started; your original goals become mile markers of your career journey. Here are some things to consider while crafting your goals for the new year. Continue reading