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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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Do Arts Organizations Still Need Subscription Models?

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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.

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Donor Advised Funds 101

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy released  their annual rankings of America’s largest beneficiaries of nonprofit philanthropy, known as the Philanthropy 400. The top recipient of funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 may come as a surprise. United Way? Catholic Charities? Nope. The Fidelity Charitable Giving Fund topped the list at $4.6 billion.

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The Secret to Conflict Resolution

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement

Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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How to Be a Constantly Developing Development Professional

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Like many of us, I came upon a career in development by happenstance. As a new graduate with fresh eyes on my budding career, May 2008 was a less than stellar time to hit the job market. In order to counteract the declining job market, I spruced up my resume to cast a wider net - I knew hiring trends were telling me to look beyond traditional routes.

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4 Strategies For Remote Teams

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There are a lot of perks to working remotely: No long commutes to work, access to a wider pool of talent, being able to work from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere), and lower overhead, among other things.

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How to Respond to Crisis and Chaos

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement Part II

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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