The Value of Values

By Anthony Carter What drives you? How do you make decisions? What values are at your core? Straightforward questions, but when’s the last time you sat back and actually thought about it for yourself? Or, for your organization?  The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations, a document produced by Independent Sector, asserts that nonprofits should “develop a statement of values and code of ethics to help guide their policies, decision making, and operations.” From organizations likeKaBOOM to Public Allies, many of our nation’s nonprofits have understood and embraced the idea that strong organizational values lead to vibrant work cultures and potentially greater impact. Continue reading

YNPNdc Announces Our First Ever Match Grant

By Kyle Storms March is a time to reflect on those harebrained resolutions of January, and take stock of your progress in the first few months of the New Year. Personally, I’m working on being more patient at work, increasing my running frequency and duration, and touching base with family more regularly. Continue reading

Putting Data to Work: How to Get Started

By Katie Grills I’m decidedly not a numbers person. The funniest things happen during the course of our career development, though, and drag us kicking and screaming into skills and experiences we end up loving. Continue reading

5 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Communications Strategy

By Danielle Veira With limited resources and a focus on programming over media outreach, it’s often difficult for nonprofits to find the time to devote to a comprehensive communications strategy. However, with the new year fully in swing and many organizations looking to expand their impact, this is the perfect time to take a few simple steps to maximize each opportunity to spread your message. Continue reading

Investing in Your Job Search

By Jessica Gershuny Every year we make New Year’s resolutions to invest in ourselves. Some we plan to keep and most we forget come February. In 2013, I made a commitment to invest in my career and it inspired me to quit my job, explore new industries, and pursue my MBA. Continue reading

5 Steps to Putting Data to Work

By Katie Grills I got lucky at YNPNdc’s fantastic 10th Anniversary Celebration. I won free registration to the Spring Conference, and I never win anything! The best takeaway, though, was from keynote speaker Mark Hanis’ speech about the absolute necessity of using data as a means to further a cause. Continue reading

Why I YNPNdc: My own personal Cheers

By Emily Davis We all know working at a nonprofit can be a challenge. Depending on the day, we may serve as program managers, IT consultants, social media gurus, receptionists, or event coordinators–all supported by the kind of budgets and technology that truly require us to be miracle workers. I suppose this would be okay if our jobs weren’t that important, but in our world the stakes are high and the work is deeply personal. It’s wonderful to work for a cause, but oh so much harder to put it aside at the end of the day. Continue reading

Why I YNPNdc – 10th Anniversary Edition

By Billy Fettweis, YNPNdc alum and host committee member for the 10th Anniversary Celebration When I joined the YNPNdc board in 2009, I was naïve about what to expect. I suppose I should have known that, over the course of my two-year term, I’d develop skills and meet great people. As it would turn out, that’s pretty standard for board leadership. But it is those lessons and experiences that I never would have anticipated that keep me supporting YNPNdc today. Continue reading

Emerging Leaders starts on Monday, October 28

By Emily Reineke, Board Chair I’ve found that many people in Washington, DC are here early in their career, and they are looking to build a strong base of leadership skills to propel them into the next phase of their professional career. Does this sound like you? Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Give $10 for YNPNdc’s 10th!

Ten years ago, YNPNdc was founded to create a professional support network for young nonprofit leaders. The initial goals were straightforward: network with colleagues and develop professional skills. In the past ten years, we’ve grown from a small group into the country’s largest and most active YNPN chapter, accounting for more than one-third of the national YNPN membership. As an all-volunteer organization, we work tirelessly to reach more than 500 young professionals in DC each year. Continue reading