Burnout is the New Black: Four Things Young Professionals Can Do to Reject Burnout Culture

When is the last time you meditated? When did you last take time off to do something totally self-indulgent? Can you recall the last time you set aside time to dream about your future? If you're a young professional like me, you may have just laughed (or shed a tear). But for the "next" generation of workplace leaders, we need to build a culture of intentionality around wellness, mindfulness and self-preservation. The alternative? Exhaustion, decreased motivation, and worst of all: an inability to use your skills and experience to deliver on your organization’s mission. Continue reading

Finding Money Triggers is Easy

  Racing heartbeat, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, feeling of impending doom. If you are someone who experiences anxiety on the regular, this list might sound familiar. As a young professional who is amid her own quarter-life crisis, I can relate to general anxiety. But as YP's in the nonprofit field, we all experience our own anxiety around money. Continue reading

Garth Lampkin, YNPN Cleveland Ambassador

YNPN Cleveland Ambassador Garth Lampkin plans to transition from the management roles he’s held in the retail and food service industries to a management role in the nonprofit sector. Garth currently works for Bruegger’s Bagels inside Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as a Shift Manager where he oversees employees and enforces rules and health regulations. He takes the most pride in his ability to problem-solve and to treat his employees well while getting the best out of them. These skills will no doubt serve him well in nonprofit work in the future. Continue reading

Tom Dlugopolsky, YNPN Cleveland Member

Tom Dlugopolsky is proof that for-profit and non-profit missions can go hand in hand.  He says that he decided to become more involved in YNPN Cleveland to learn more about nonprofit fundraising and to strengthen his relationship to Cleveland’s nonprofit community.  In his role as a financial planner at Skylight Financial Group, he helps people make the most of their financial lives every day. Continue reading

Global Connections: Building Ties between Young Nonprofit Professionals in Cleveland and Belarus

By Katie Ferman and Kaitlin Nam Imagine. You’re a young nonprofit leader from the eastern European country of Belarus who has just been offered an opportunity to travel to the United States. Your objective: to learn as much as possible about the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and return with best practices to apply to your work back home. Of course, you have a few other things on your mind. What are Americans like? Do I have anything in common with my counterparts in American nonprofits? Or would cultural differences stand in the way of interaction and connection? Continue reading

The Five Social Media Mistakes Most Young Professionals Make

  Swipe left, swipe right.  Today more than ever, it’s simple to use social media. But as young professionals, where do we draw the line?  In a world where social capital is increasingly important, it’s critical that young professionals use social media as a tool to demonstrate leadership and make connections.  But without a plan and clear strategy, most YPs can fall victim to mistakes that can be costly for their organization—or worse—for them personally. Continue reading

Local Organization Spotlight: The Refugee Response

The Refugee Response (TRR) is in the business of providing a sense of home, of community and belonging, and of self-sufficiency and accomplishment to many who lost basic safety and security in their own countries. Each year, around 500 to 700 refugees arrive in Cleveland from countries like Myanmar, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They must overcome many challenges and make Cleveland their new home for themselves and their families. Thankfully, as Patrick Kearns, the Executive Director of The Refugee Response, pointed out: Cleveland has a robust refugee community and a large number of organizations and institutions working together to provide needed services and support. Continue reading

Meet Marsita Ferguson, YNPN Cleveland Ambassador

  YNPN Cleveland Member, Marsita Ferguson became interested in the work of nonprofit organizations about 2 years ago, and she’s already involved with several organizations in her free time and has even started her own. Marsita is on the Executive Board of the NAACP’s Lake County Chapter and is a member of The Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women's Group and the Girls Scouts of America in addition to YNPN Cleveland. Continue reading

The Importance Of: Ending Homelessness in Cleveland

Volunteers with Santa at Twinkle Shop in 2014.   Homelessness: in metropolitan areas across the country, it can seem like a problem too big to solve—a faceless, nameless community condition destined to always be with us. Not so here in Cleveland, where we can not only count but name every individual and family experiencing homelessness. Even more importantly, here in Cleveland ending homelessness is close within our reach. Continue reading

Twitter Chat like a (Nonprofit) Pro

  Many young professionals use Twitter, but you may not be entirely aware of how useful this social media platform can be in helping you expand your network and develop in your career.  For example, have you ever participated in a Twitter Chat? Organized by hashtags (i.e. #YNPNCLE), Twitter Chats allow groups of like-minded people to connect in order to discuss issues that are important to them. Continue reading