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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Your favorite resources from #NonprofitSTRONG

Images from UnSplash designed in CanvaWe all have our own favorite tools and resources. Here are five that attendees of #NonprofitSTRONG 2016 wanted to make sure you knew about.

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Your Graduate School Personal Statement: 4 Tips for Success

Content sponsored by MPA@UNC

Applying to graduate school, like applying for a job, requires a personal statement—but don’t confuse it with a résumé. Although they contain similar information, a résumé tends to fragment your experiences into constituent parts. A personal statement, on the other hand, should synthesize those parts and form a compelling, future-oriented story that connects your background and aspirations to your pursuit of a graduate degree. This is why MPA@UNC refers to the document as a statement of purpose and asks the question: “Why do you want to earn an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill?” Your statement must be about you, and it must also demonstrate clarity of purpose. The goal of a personal statement is to present yourself as a unique and qualified individual, who has thoughtfully considered a public service career, supported by research and self-assessment, to establish that the program is the most fitting route to pursue.

With this goal in mind, here are four tips for making your statement more personal and purposeful.

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Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations


Content sponsored by Araize

You might wonder why knowing accounting can lead to nonprofit sustainability. Without a clear understanding of basic accounting, your nonprofit may struggle to achieve its financial goals and fulfill its mission.

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10 things to expect at #NonprofitSTRONG

Twice as many nonprofit professionals like you.

#NonprofitSTRONG is twice the size of last year’s summit. That’s twice as many folks to network with, learn from, and be inspired by!


One-on-One resume + cover letter reviews.

Need to brush up your resume and cover letter? We’ve got just the session for you. We’ll have one-on-one resume and cover letter review sessions with seasoned nonprofit professionals.


Facilitated networking.

Hate talking to strangers but know you need to build your network? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be facilitating networking throughout the summit, helping you expand your professional contacts without breaking a sweat.


Learn how to negotiate a raise.

One of the many sessions we’ll have will be a deep dive into negotiating for your next raise. We know this is a popular subject for many of our members, so make sure you’re there!


One-on-One media training.

Not sure how to talk to the press? Uncomfortable in front of the camera? Then our media training is for you! You’ll be with a seasoned media professional working one-on-one learning how to talk to the press and pitch a story.


An amazing keynote speaker.

Atrayus Goode is an award-winning mentor, motivational speaker, public servant, President & Chief Executive Officer at Movement of Youth, and this year's #NonprofitSTRONG keynote speaker.


Lots of sessions on leadership and growth.

Looking to take that next step? We’re right there with you. We’ll be talking leadership development, professional growth, and much more in many of our sessions. Come ready to soak up the knowledge!


An executive panel of respected leaders.

Looking to learn from some of the most well respected and experienced heads of nonprofits in the triangle? We have a panel for you. This is one you won’t want to miss.


A rocking after party.

Don’t forget to cooldown now that you’re #NonprofitSTRONG. Join us (RSVP here!) for the after party of the year.


An amazing day with wonderful people.

YNPN is a family and we’re glad you’re here. #NonprofitSTRONG is as much about forging friendships as it is about strengthening your career. Join us and make yourself at home.