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2019 Leadership Institute Applications

YNPN Chicago is pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2019 Leadership Institute. This 10-month intensive cohort program will be held from January through October 2019. The curriculum focuses on developing core leadership competencies through hands-on activities that allow participants to apply what they learn in the session.

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5 Methods of Conflict Resolution

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.

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How to Get Your Resume Noticed in the Nonprofit World

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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.

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28 Self-Care Tips for the Nonprofit Professional

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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.  

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Tax Prep 101 for Nonprofit Professionals

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You are receiving forms in the mail with strange titles like W-2 and 1099-MISC. The vacant storefronts in your neighborhood have been filled with places like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. This can only mean one thing. It’s time to file your taxes.

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How To Negotiate Your Next Salary

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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.

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5 Tips for Self-Care

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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.

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New Year, Better Network!

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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.

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How to Ask Your Employer to Pay for Your Membership

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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.

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What I Learned in 2017

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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. 

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