10 Questions with Shameka Harrington - Part-Time Research Assistant/Part-Time Job Seeker

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me now starts bright and early. My job requires me to visit various child care centers in a number of counties, so I’m usually around 3-4 year old children from 8am-5:30pm. While at the centers I observe mealtimes and levels of physical activity as a part of a nutrition-based research study. My job is a temporary position scheduled to end in September, so on days where I’m not spending all day in a center I’m in front of my laptop searching Indeed.com for my next opportunity.

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Community is Everyone

Content sponsored by the Philanthropy Journal

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a corporate representative to discuss a potential sponsorship. In order to gain a clear understanding of what we had to offer them, the rep asked a lot of questions about how we currently interact with corporations, and in what capacities. Upon hearing my answers, she told me that I needed to be getting out and letting more corporations know that we exist. Hearing this was a huge shock. In seeking corporations to support my work, it never once occurred to me that corporations needed me to support theirs.

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Momentum with Major Gifts

By Amy Beros, Vice President of Development, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Staci Barfield, Executive Director, Children's Flight of Hope

Nonprofits love to talk about the importance of major donors to their organization’s success but there are few who truly make these donors a priority. Building a major donor program is a lot more than writing a thank you note after a gift to your organization - a major donor program is about intentional connections.

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Words to the Wise: Advice and Survival Tips for Young Nonprofit Professionals and Emerging Leaders

Content sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

By Joye Hodges, Director of Marketing and Events, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

What advice would you give your younger self? That’s the question that kicked off a panel discussion of executive directors at the YNPN Triangle NC’s 2016 #NonprofitSTRONG Summit.

The panel included Angeline Echeverria of El Pueblo, James Miller of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, Kelly Phoenix of Nourish International, and Melinda Wiggins of Student Action with Farmworkers, and was facilitated by Bridgette Burge, Director of Programs with the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

What words of wisdom do these four seasoned executive directors have for YNPN-ers? Read on for advice on progressing in your career and surviving and thriving as a leader in the nonprofit sector.

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