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  • published Schedule in #NonprofitSTRONG Summit 2019-05-03 21:24:59 -0400


    This year's conference will feature a variety of programming focused on effective communication, leadership development, personal management, technical skills, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. See below for an outline of the day's agenda and click here to read about all of our speakers and breakout sessions. We'll see you bright and early on May 17!


    7:45 - 8:30 am  Check In & Networking Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:00 am  Welcome & Opening Remarks

    9:00 - 9:15 am  Break

    9:15 - 10:30 am  Breakout Session 1

    Grant Seeking 101: Shopping for the Ingredients of Your Annual Budget Pie

    Tap Into Deeper Health

    Leveraging Your AmeriCorps Experience

    Maximizing Impact: Are you Board Read? Is the Board Ready for You?

    10:30 - 10:45 am  Break

    10:45 - 12:00 pm  Breakout Session 2

    Nonprofit Leadership: Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Culture

    Herding Cats: How to Help Volunteers Help You

    The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events

    So You Want to Be a Consultant? Tools, Tips, and Next Steps to Make it Happen

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Keynote Luncheon & Presentation of 2019 Emerging Leader Award

    1:30 - 1:45 pm  Break

    1:45 - 3:00 pm  Breakout Session 3

    Legal Aspects of Nonprofits: The Basics and an Update on Recent Developments

    Google Ads: What You're Doing Wrong

    The Power of Professional Coaching and Mentoring: Getting Unstuck and Moving Life Forward 

    Chronicles of a Serial Volunteer! Episode 1: Volunteer Engagement

    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  Break

    3:15 - 4:30 pm  Breakout Session 4

    Supporting Staff through Grief and Loss

    Financial Statements 101

    Letting Go of Cajoling, Pleading, and Browbeating: Strategies to Get Your Board to Deliver

    Training Staff to Lead Volunteers

    Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations - Sharpening Your Competitive Edge

    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Official #NonprofitSTRONG After Party at Raleigh Brewing Company


    It'll be a full day of networking, skill-building, and professional development. Get your ticket today if you haven't already!


  • published 2019 Keynote in #NonprofitSTRONG Summit 2019-03-17 11:39:44 -0400

    Keynote Speaker 2019

    Keynote Speaker


    Zainab Baloch (ZB)

    We're excited to announce that our 2019 keynote speaker will be Zainab Baloch, a former and future Raleigh City Council Candidate who disrupted the local political system by garnering an historically unprecedented number of voters in only two months in 2017. She is the founder of YAP! which provides local avenues for young people to bear witness to policy decisions and boldly pursue accountability through voting and outspoken, unapologetic action through technology.

    She works for Even, a startup whose mission is to the end the paycheck to paycheck cycle which goes hand in hand with her work with the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) where she engages millennials nationally to join the movement. She is part of a documentary with the PPC about Youth Activism in the movement and was featured America Inside Out, a National Geographic Documentary with Katie Couric. She wants to empower others especially young people, people of color, and woman to not be afraid of disrupting the system to bring about positive change.


    Quick Takes With ZB 

    We just couldn't wait until May 17th to hear from ZB. Check out our micro-interview on all things fulfilling and fun.

    What keeps you motivated to fight the good fight on the tough days? I know the tough days are a given and the biggest change I've made is making time for self-care before that happens, so I have the energy to get back up and keep going. When it gets too much, I have amazing people around me that inspire me to remember it's a marathon, not a sprint. Also, one of my favorite quotes from my favorite artist (J.Cole) - "If you truly believe it, that's step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it."

    Who has inspired you the most over your career in activism? Reverend Barber and AOC.

    What are you binge watching right now? Good Girls & The Patriot Act (so good)

    What are 3 adjectives that your best friend would use to describe you? I asked her and she said courageous, bad-ass, and charismatic. <3

    What is your favorite thing to do on a beautiful Triangle Spring weekend? I'm a sucker for the Laurel Hills playground on spring evenings and just tying up a hammock somewhere to read a book.

    What do people get wrong about Millennials? Everything. The biggest thing would be that we're lazy. Millennials work hard, are more socially conscious and have a lot more expenses than any other generation before us. We have it hard, but we're doing the best with what we were handed from past generations.


    You can keep up with all her initiatives on Instagram:

    @Zainab4Raleigh + @YoungAmericansProtest

    Learn and share with these amazing speakers at our conference on May 17. Get your tickets today!

    Eventbrite - #NonprofitSTRONG Summit 2018



  • published Breakout Sessions in #NonprofitSTRONG Summit 2018-11-15 16:55:37 -0500

    Breakout Sessions 2019

    YNPN Triangle NC is excited to offer 17 informative and fun breakout sessions for the fifth annual #nonprofitSTRONG Summit. Thank you to all our presenters and facilitators. We look forward to learning from you soon!

    The full conference schedule will be posted in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out these topics and take note of your favorites. 

    Get Tickets Here

    Title: “Financial Statements 101”

    Presenter: Amanda Sosebee

    Description: In this interactive workshop, learn the basics of how to read financial statements and which numbers are most important to you. But like, it's not THAT interactive. I won't make you talk in front of everyone or anything like that. Numbers are hard, but public speaking is harder. Am I right?

    Skill Level: Entry Level

    Competency Area: Technical Skills


    Title: “Letting Go of Cajoling, Pleading, and Browbeating: Strategies to Get Your Board to Deliver”

    Presenter: Teri Beckman

    Description: The capacity and engagement of your board determines your organization’s success, second only to your own leadership abilities. Join us to explore building board capacity and engagement. Leverage these efforts to attract the funding and resources needed to grow your organization. Discover the conditions you can create where board members naturally want to give their time and treasure – over and over.

    • Explore: The real basis for successful board engagement.
    • A new thought paradigm and practices that ensures better relationships and outcomes with board members.
    • Structures for board meetings that increase engagement and structures that dampen it.
    • Specific strategies to improve your relationships with board members that result in increased engagement and revenue generation.

    Skill Level: Executive

    Competency Area: Leadership Development, Technical Skills


    Title: “Training Staff to Lead Volunteers”

    Presenter: Mike Sweeney

    Description: At the completion of this session the participants will be able to:

    • Describe the importance of effective volunteer leadership
    • Develop and communicate clear expectations
    • Use volunteer leadership best practices
    • Work with “problem” volunteers
    • Provide meaningful volunteer recognition

    Skill Level: All Levels

    Competency Area: Leadership Development

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    Title: “Herding Cats: How to Help Volunteers Help You”

    Presenter: Claire Veazey, MPH & Emily Holder

    Description: We all know that volunteers are essential to many nonprofits. We also know that just like with employees, volunteers need to be managed professionally. Although they participate out of their own time, best practice tells us that we should recruit, delegate, evaluate and show appreciation like we would with any employee. But let’s be real - it’s hard work! Volunteer management exists at the intersection of operations and development, which can make this important role tricky and sometimes downright frustrating. Join us for a session focused on sharing among peers and problem-solving some of the hairiest, feistiest, claws-out problems we’ve all faced in our efforts to effectively manage volunteers. *Everyone is welcome, not just formal volunteer managers!

    Skill Level: All Levels

    Competency Area: Leadership Development, Effective Communication 


    Title: “Tap Into Deeper Health”

    Presenter: Amanda Chay

    Description: It has never been more important for empowered leaders to advocate for employee wellness. This session will explore areas that directly impact wellness and provide tangible steps for daily practice. Attendees will gain insight and understand strategies to deal with wellness challenges for personal growth.

    Skill Levels: All Levels

    Competency Area: Personal Management


    Title: “Maximizing Impact: Are you Board Ready? Is the Board Ready for You?”

    Presenter: Tracey Greene-Washington & Patti Gillenwater

    Description: If you aspire to serve on a nonprofit board or are currently serving, this is a must-attend session! Tracey and Patti are two experienced board leaders who will share their experiences and lessons learned in a practical, real-world, interactive session. The session will cover how to be prepared, how to select the right board, and what to expect when you do join a board. You will leave informed and with a game plan you can put into action right away!

    Skill Level: Mid-Career

    Competency Area: Leadership Development, Technical Skills

    Title: “Legal Aspects of Nonprofits: The Basics and an Update on Recent Developments:

    Presenter: Peter Mattocks

    Description: What is a nonprofit and what are the things it can and can’t do? Legally, the answer to these questions are not always easily answered.  This presentation will provide the basics of what it legally means to be a nonprofit.  It will also provide a practical perspective on fundraising and other issues given tax law changes that took effect in 2018. Participants will leave with an understanding of the legal structure of nonprofits and practical fundraising and compliance knowledge.

    Skill Level: All Levels

    Competency Area: Technical Skills


    Title: “Nonprofit Leadership: Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Culture”

    Presenter: Antoinetta McKay, MPA

    Description: This workshop led by Antoinetta McKay of I Follow the Leader LLC will focus on tools and strategies for leaders to utilize to advance diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. Antoinetta will discuss the current diversity landscape, strategies, and solutions that individuals, organizations, and boards can employ to help overcome disparities in leadership and workplace diversity. Participants will reflect on their definitions of diversity and leadership as well as engage in small group discussions. Most importantly, participants will leave with tangible action steps they can immediately use in their community, workplace, and/or board room.

    Skill Level: All Levels

    Competency Area: Personal Management

    Title: "The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events”

    Presenter: Pashara Black

    Description: Join Pashara Black as she walks you through the steps to produce and execute a stellar nonprofit fundraising event. As the Events and Community Outreach Manager for StrongKey and former Community Liaison for the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Pashara has produced over 150 events in her career. She will share insider tips and best practices to take your organization's events to the next level. 

    Skill Level: Entry Level

    Competency Area: Technical Skills

    Title: “Supporting Staff through Grief and Loss”

    Presenter: Kristen Howe & Scott Bass

    Description: Sooner or later, all of us – young and old – experience loss. Loss is a fact of life that does not wait until “the right time” to strike. While loss comes in various forms, the death of a family member, co-worker, friend or other significant person is widely considered the most impactful form of loss. Loss and grief affect the personal and professional lives of people working in nonprofit settings. This workshop aims to help supervisors and co-workers gain a better understanding of grief and loss. It will enable attendees to be a supportive part of the grief process, so each person’s well-being and professional performance can emerge stronger. Presenters have decades of experience in working with grief and loss, including sudden, traumatic loss, as well as decades of experience in nonprofit work settings.

    Skill Level: All Levels

    Competency Area: Personal Management


    Title: “Chronicles of a serial volunteer! Episode 1: Volunteer Engagement”

    Presenter: Arlene Brown & Jennifer McLean, MPH

    Description: Take a journey with two exceptional "serial" volunteers as they explore five critical points of volunteer engagement. Arlene and Jennifer will share their successes, shortcomings and everything in between as they invite you to participate in an unconventional and interactive workshop on this hot topic. We invite each attendee to roll up their sleeves and leave our session with an action plan for their organization that proves just how simple yet meaningful customized volunteer engagement can be.

    Skill Level: Mid-Career

    Competency Area: Leadership Development, Effective Communication

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    Title: “So You Want to Be a Consultant? Tools, Tips, and Next Steps to Make It Happen”

    Presenters: Heather Yandow and Kristin Bradley-Bull

    Description: Whether you are just starting to think about consulting, or have taken on your first few clients, come assess your progress along the journey. Explore various consulting configurations and map out your next steps. Heather and Kristin are two experienced nonprofit consultants with a shared interest in building a consulting community that's more reflective of the diverse Triangle community. They will share what they have learned and offer guidance.

    Skill Level: Mid-Career

    Competency Area: Personal Management

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    Title: “Grant-Seeking 101: Shopping for the Ingredients of Your Annual Budget Pie”

    Presenters: Laurel Shulman, Sarah Battersby, Julia DaSilva, Gladys Hairston, Treat Harvey, Ebony West

    Description: Before baking a pie, you need to acquire the ingredients and know where to find them. Similarly, when funding an organization, you need to know what you are trying fund and where you can source the funding to build your budget pie. This session demystifies the general types of grant making organizations – what they are, how to access them, and the rules of engagement. After a brief presentation, attendees will have time for roundtable discussions for a deeper dive with representatives from a variety of funders. Plus, there will be pie (for the first 20 attendees)!

    Skill Level: Entry Level

    Competency Area: Technical Skills


    Title: “Google Ads: What You’re Doing Wrong”

    Presenters: Katie Fulton

    Description: For years, most people have taken a “set it and forget it” approach to their Google Ads. However, if you are a nonprofit receiving a Google Grant, that is no longer an option. If you are not paying attention, Google will deactivate your account for not hitting certain benchmarks. Never fear. Just a few things can keep things running smoothly. In this session, we will cover:

    • Setting up your Campaigns for success (specificity is the key)
    • How to stay compliant each month in 15 minutes or less
    • Focus on goals, attract folks who care about your work

    Skill Level: Mid-Career

    Competency Area: Technical Skills


    Title: “The Power of Professional Coaching and Mentoring: Getting Unstuck and Moving Life Forward”

    Presenters: Dr. Janelle Ellis-Holloway

    Description: Quite often, we feel like our personal and professional experiences place us in a constant conundrum – with more questions than answers. Sometimes we feel challenged in our workplace. We need solutions to personal trials. We can struggle with goal setting. Or, we misplace our resilience. Life is about transition and challenges…sometimes we get stuck. Coaching and mentoring are powerful developmental relationships that can propel us along our journey by helping us to move past a survive-and-thrive mode to the ultimate experience of human flourishing. This presentation focuses on how professional coaching, using a positive psychology approach, and the art of mentoring can help you develop a growth-mindset to improve your well-being, resilience, mission and vision, and establish goals for a more focused direction.  Participants will leave with an understanding of the major guiding principles of highly effective, positive psychology coaching, and tips to establish a mentor circle.

    Skill Level: All levels

    Competency Area: Personal Management

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    Title: “Leveraging Your Service Experience”

    Presenters: Casey Therrien & Maggie Woods

    Description: Triangle AmeriCorps Alums invite you to an interaction session that will teach you how to enhance your career by leveraging your volunteer service. Participants will:

    • Understand how volunteer experience can enhance employability.
    • Learn how to talk about volunteer experience on a resume and in a job interview. 

    Skill Level: Entry Level

    Competency Area: Effective Communication, Personal Management

    Title: “Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations - Sharpening Your Competitive Edge”

    Presenters: DeWarren K. Langley, JD, MPA

    Description: Strategic Planning allows nonprofit organizations to achieve two essential outcomes for organizational sustainability and success: (1) focus decision making regarding purpose and strategy and (2) commit to those decisions. Strategic planning establishes organizational direction to set priorities, identify obstacles, and leverage opportunities. By following a structured process, organizations build alignment to guide the acquisition and allocation of resources to accomplish the mission and deliver value.  

    Skill Level: Mid-Career

    Competency Area: Leadership Development


    Get Tickets Here




  • published Administrator in Get Involved 2018-09-04 12:40:53 -0400

    Administrator Position Description

    Below is a description of the responsibilities of the Administrator on the board of directors for YNPN Triangle NC. 

    Responsible to:

    Board of Directors (Chair)


    The Administrator is a member of the Executive Committee and supports the YNPN Triangle NC strategic plan by providing leadership in the area of maintaining general oversight of internal operations and record keeping.

    The Administrator will:

    • Manage organizational e-mail, with a maximum response time of 48 business hours
    • Monitor and oversee organizational listserv, reviewing and releasing messages from the system daily
    • Act as primary point of contact for incoming volunteers
    • Provide technical and logistical support for monthly Board Meetings by helping find meeting space, setting up IT needs, tracking questions, and keeping time
    • Take minutes at all Board and Executive Committee meetings
    • Manage collection, review, and distribution of committee reports 
    • Maintain, update, and oversee YNPN Triangle NC Google Drive content, ensuring proper retention of documents as required by law
    • Serve as primary contact for YNPN members and Board members for finding and storing key organizational documents
    • Manage YNPN Triangle NC’s Google Suite ecosystem, issuing new email addresses for incoming Board Members and retiring/securing defunct accounts
    • Maintain, stores, and coordinates disclosure of records of organizational login details 
    • Update the YNPN Triangle NC shared Google Calendar to include upcoming meetings and Programming events
    • Support coordination of additional activities as appropriate

    Skills and Experience:

    • Highly organized
    • Clear and effective communicator, especially via written communications
    • Ability to synthesize information and prioritize
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Responsiveness
    • Proven leadership skills
    • Awareness YNPN Triangle NC history and culture
    • Awareness of YNPN nationwide network 
    • Awareness of committee and YNPN Triangle NC volunteer needs

    Time Commitment:

    15-20 hours per month for two years


    By the board, annually

  • published How Lame are Rejection Letters? in Blog 2015-06-29 18:21:44 -0400

    How Lame are Rejection Letters?

    Dear Young Nonprofit Professional,

    How lame are rejection letters?

    How many cordial emails have once-prospective employers sent you about your strong credentials, but an even stronger applicant pool? How many thin envelopes did colleges send you about their record numbers of applicants, assuring you that your skills would lead to a bright future—elsewhere?

    This isn’t one of those letters. Congratulations! YNPN welcomes you to its extended network of members!

    If you work for a nonprofit, if you want to bring your private-sector savvy to the nonprofit industry, or if you’re looking for the perfect job, then simply subscribe to our listserv or attend one of our upcoming events to get involved!

    There’s no doubt that other organizations have to be choosy about their members. If your alma mater accepted everyone, you never would have gotten football tickets.* And if your nonprofit had hired everyone, your desk would be even smaller.

    While your college and employer thrived on selectiveness, let your professional association thrive on collectiveness.

    Know that when you come to a YNPN Triangle NC event, you’re accessing an extended network, endless resources, and professional development opportunities.

    Know that you will meet colleagues from across the Triangle at events and in the Triad and beyond online.

    Know that you can hear local industry leaders at brown bag lunches, share ideas at coffee talks, and swap resources on our resource page.

    Know that you’re a member. We hope you’ll get in touch with us to tell us what we can do for you, or what you would like to do for us. Find us @YNPNTriangleNC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or get back to us in the comments.


    YNPN Triangle NC

    PS-*For y’all who went to small schools, a cappella concerts?

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Triangle is a 501c3 nonprofit org. representing nonprofit professionals in the greater Triangle region of NC.