I used to hate conflict. I avoided it like the plague. There’s nothing worse than that knot in your stomach when you feel that nothing good is going to come from a situation.
Recently, I realized that true growth can only come from discomfort. When I look back, I’ve learned something from the conflicts and challenges I’ve faced. Think about times when you have really grown and become stronger. It is almost never when you are in a place of comfort. It’s through discomfort that we grow and challenge ourselves.Read more
Writing a resume is a challenge at the best of times, made even more difficult when it comes to writing one for a nonprofit organization. Where skill and experience are equally important, nonprofit organizations are also looking for someone who is passionate about their cause and can seamlessly fit into their existing culture.
So, if you’re planning to take your next step in the nonprofit world and need to write a resume, here’s everything you need to know to ensure you can secure that interview.Read more
If I were to stop a nonprofit worker on the street and ask to see their to-do list, chances are self-care would be right under “Ask Oprah for money.”
Self-care is like that good idea that someone told you to do once that you just wrote down to get them to leave you alone. It seems like a waste of time and energy.Read more
I first negotiated my salary when I was 28 years old. I had a master’s degree, four years of full-time professional experience in the same field, and a history of advocating for additional responsibility and promotions—yet I was still nervous to come to the table.Read more
When you work in the nonprofit sector, as we do, you’re there because of the mission of the organization. Often, this leads to a job where you wear many hats and take on new responsibilities “as necessary.” Then, to put icing on the cake that is life in the nonprofit sector, you’re probably getting paid (significantly) less than your for-profit counterpart. The next thing you know, you’re on the fast track to burnout.Read more
As Co-Chairs of the YNPN Chicago Executive Board, we are extremely proud of the role that our organization has played in the career development of our members. Founded in 2001 to address the persistent and unique challenges of working in the nonprofit sector, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago continues to develop new generations of nonprofit leaders.Read more
Showcasing the importance of your professional development is essential to your growth as a professional. Initiate a conversation between you and your manager that highlights the reasons your organization should invest in you. Paying for your annual YNPN Chicago membership fee is an easy and affordable way for your employer to contribute to the future of the nonprofit sector.Read more
Ah 2017 we hardly knew ye. You brought with you new opportunities, friendships, successes and failures. Whether 2017 restored your faith in humanity or sent you hiding inside the coat closet in a fetal position, you undoubtedly learned something. We decided to crowdsource your new-found knowledge in our December 19, 2017 newsletter and share it with the YNPN Chicago network.Read more
Building new, diverse audiences is one of the most important challenges today’s nonprofit arts organizations face. With technology transforming the way audiences consume entertainment, a growing competitive landscape, and psychological barriers to the arts world lingering for decades, it is more difficult than ever for these organizations to find new audiences at the rate in which they need to replace audiences that no longer exist.Read more