Using Logic Models to Evaluate Nonprofit Programs


In my role as President of PIE Consulting, Inc., I work with many nonprofits on every aspect of program evaluation. Oftentimes, an organization will contact me to design a survey, and my response is always, What do you want to know? You see, a survey is not always called for, nor appropriate. The method to collect information must be driven by the type of information needed. It is absolutely critical that nonprofits determine exactly what they want to know before designing and implementing a program evaluation plan.

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Leadership Reflection: Raymond Jackson

2015 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute Participant, Raymond Jackson


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Leadership is in the Everyday

I’m thrilled to be part of YNPN Chicago’s Leadership Institute. This intensive leadership program takes participants on an exploration of what it means to be a leader in theory and in practice. Like many, I have trouble making time to think about these issues and what they mean for me. The daily commotion of putting out fires, keeping on top of communications with stakeholders, and furthering an organization's mission, make it difficult to find the time to sit down and reflect on yourself and the person you want to be. Am I growing as a leader? Is my job keeping me on the right career path? Do I even know where I want to be in ten years?

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Setting Goals...gulp!


I was proud and honored to be selected as a participant in the YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute for the 2015 cohort. As you may know, the Institute focuses on developing the future leaders of the Chicago nonprofit and public service sectors by providing training, networking, coaching, mentoring, and roundtable discussions with executive directors.

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Mentorship 101

LI Kathy Chan


In the 14 years I’ve spent as a working professional, I’ve learned that mentorship is an art, not a science. A good mentor/mentee relationship requires an investment of time from both sides, but should lead to mutually beneficial outcomes. At the same time, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, since you need to consider the individual personalities involved.

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Define and Own Your Career Path By Identifying Your Transferable Skills


Identifying your transferrable skills is a crucial step to defining and owning your career path. Simply put, transferrable skills are those that translate across any position regardless of sector or industry. Your capacity to effectively manage projects, lead and work on a team, and analyze data are all examples of key transferrable skills.

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7 Social Media Tips for the Busy Nonprofit Professional


Like many nonprofit professionals, social media is an activity I work with on the side, to take care of when I have some extra time. So this fall, when I attended the Social Media for Nonprofits conference, I was not surprised when only 2 out of 100 attendees raised their hands when asked if they worked on social media full time. With the many responsibilities we are tasked with in the nonprofit sector, it can be difficult to dedicate the time necessary to build the online communities we hope for. After spending an entire day discussing social media, I learned a lot about how nonprofits can more effectively utilize this tool.

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Cut Through the Clutter: Top Information Resources for Young Nonprofit Professionals


As the nonprofit sector and our roles within it continues to evolve and grow, so too do the number of resources, case studies, and issue insights available and dedicated to nonprofit professionals, frequently for free. However, honing in (or simply locating) resources that are truly valuable can still be a struggle, so I have curated over the years a list of my trusted and proven resources. I hope these resources can help you combat information overload and lead you to feel more informed and inspired.

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