YNPN in May: A Look at the Seattle Nonprofit Scene

Did you know that The Seattle Foundation has over 1,500 non-profit organizations listed on their website? That’s over 1,500 organizations to volunteer at, learn about and donate to. This month, YNPN of Greater Seattle will be highlighting a handful of those organizations and the great work they are doing right in our own backyard. We will also include links to their websites so you can learn more and how you can get involved. Do you have a favorite nonprofit of your own? If so, be sure to join the conversation on our social media and comments section below. We want to hear from you, what organizations you support and why.

Also, YNPN is currently looking for new members from a variety of nonprofit backgrounds, sectors and interests. If you want to help us make a splash this summer and to connect with other like-minded people, please email us at ynpngreaterseattle.com

We look forward to sharing and connecting with you throughout the month of May and celebrating the nonprofits of our region!

Tips for In-Person Networking

networking-300x172.jpgNetworking? It’s certainly a buzzword these days. Networking itself is defined (on a google search) as interacting within a network and also as interacting with people to exchange information and contacts, primarily to develop one’s career. Yet I would push you to think beyond that to developing others’ careers. But what does it really entail anyway? How do you do it “right”? For starters, there are different types of networking. There’s “online networking” and there’s “in-person networking”. When we think about “In person networking”, the phrases “networking night”, “networking lunch” or “meet ups” may come to mind, but essentially networking has the potential to take place anytime you connect with someone new. Still, for those of us who are introverts, the prospect of public speaking within a large group, talking about our professional hopes and dreams, and our career aspirations can be a little daunting. Especially if we don’t know exactly what we want to do.

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Networking in a Digital World

9706772_l-300x212.jpgWe’ve all heard the common phrase: it’s not what you know, but who you know. And the fact of the matter is, skills, degrees and lengthy resumes will only get you so far, even in the nonprofit realm. It’s time to face the screen, the computer screen that is, and get on board with networking on-line, where it’s easy to connect, join and subscribe to a variety of groups, circles and people. And actually pretty important to do in today’s work world. In the nonprofit arena, it’s easy to get taken in by mission-driven work and passion-filled days, however, it’s important to remember to branch out of your industry or organization and to connect to others who are just as committed to nonprofit work as you. Below are tips and helpful websites, groups and circles to join to jumpstart your digital networking. It’s always great to meet face-to-face, but why not start with an online introduction?

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Finding Nonprofit Work in a New Town

entering_seattle_sign_JS004950-300x210.jpgIn 2008, I was a student at Roosevelt University in Chicago studying journalism. I knew it was going to be tough finding a job in that field, but I loved writing and wanted to follow my passion. However, I also knew that I could benefit from an internship, like most college students realize when they see graduation day knocking on their door. So, I took a chance and applied for a six-month internship at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). I was curious about public housing and social service programs and thought this would be a great way to learn more. It was a competitive process, but to my surprise, I was offered a position and started interning in their Grants Administration Department.


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Uniting Values of the Nonprofit Industry

tree_handsimage-970x1024-284x300.jpgIn my time working in nonprofits, I’ve had the pleasure to work in several different sectors: from education to healthcare to youth development to wilderness preservation. And now, I spend the majority of my time working as an instructional designer in research education at a state-funded university. In all my experience in the non-profit world, there are several commonalities I see between them. These are, in this author’s humble opinion, the core values surrounding all nonprofit sectors.

A Focus on Value

Nonprofit organizations tend to have a focus on values. In the private sector, value-driven businesses are a somewhat newer trend. Many in the private sector have discovered that if you focus your energy on delivering value to your customers, the profits will come. This is a concept that has been central to the nonprofit sector from the get go. Nonprofits have a mission and vision that focus on the value they offer to their community, to their constituents, and to the world. This is a strength and one of the things that reminds me why I’m doing whatever work it is that I’m doing. A strong mission supported by dedicated staff can make the changes needed to improve our world.

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9 Resume tips to get you in the door!

Let me start this post off with a qualifier: I do not consider myself a Human Resources professional, nor do I claim to know everything about writing the perfect resume. What I do know is that I have reviewed thousands of resumes in my time, and I am happy to share my insights with fellow young professionals. Having recently been through a job search myself, I relied on these same guidelines to successfully garner interviews with many exciting organizations, and eventually land myself a job that I love.

  1. Unless you are applying for a graphic design job, stick to a clean and classic font. Think: Times, Arial, Calibri. Dare to use comic sans and you are immediately ruled out.
  2. Skip the objectives field. This is seen as outdated by most recruiters today, and is simply a waste of valuable resume space. Instead, try a brief section highlighting skills or expertise that you would bring to the table.
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