Cory Isler, YNPN Cleveland Member

YNPN Cleveland Member Cory Isler’s educational background includes obtaining Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Management and a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Thanks to a college mentor, Cory connected with BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence before his undergraduate graduation and learned about their great work for nonprofits and businesses. He decided to do an informational interview with BVU’s CEO to learn about their work, then applied to a job opening there several months later, and thus began his work with the organization. He now works as Associate Director of Education and Nonprofit Engagement at BVU. Continue reading

Building Relationships with Corporate and Community Groups

Hospice of the Western Reserve Dominion volunteers at Ames Family Hospice House   Imagine that there was a way to simultaneously trim down your nonprofit’s budget, build relationships with local companies and community organizations, and boost your media presence. What could provide all of these benefits? Volunteer groups, of course! Engaging with corporate and community groups is a fantastic opportunity for non-profits. Organizing group volunteer experiences can save thousands in labor dollars while also establishing deeper relationships with these valuable partners. Furthermore, volunteer engagement can be a great public relations tool to generate a positive media presence. Here are some tips for building successful relationships with corporate and community groups: Continue reading

Focusing on Your Strengths

This post is by Cindy Biggs, an expert guest blogger who worked for 33 years in the non-profit healthcare sector before applying her strengths as a professional Leadership Development Expert and Executive Coach, Trainer, and Mentor.  As an international Turning Learning into Action Associate, she knows how Professional Coaching can significantly increase your return on investment in leadership training.  Cindy uses the Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment, Strengths Based Leadership:  Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, in most of her work.  She has coached numerous leaders of all ages to focus on their leadership strengths to find a job and career and LIFE that will be integrated that they can love and enjoy.  For more information on Cindy, or to learn more about opportunities related to strengths-based coaching and training, you can contact her via email at, phone at 330.465.9089, or on her website at In the 1950s psychologist Donald Clifton asked the question, "What will happen when we think about what is RIGHT with people rather than fixating on what is WRONG with them?" Continue reading

The Importance of: Afterschool Programs

When you were younger, I bet you didn’t tell yourself, “I want to be an afterschool program coordinator!” If you were like me, you did not. Throughout my school life from kindergarten to high school (K-12), I went home right after school with an occasional sport here or there. During that time, I imagined I would become a teacher, a ballerina, or an interior designer. However, the job market is an ever changing place, full of jobs we may or may not have heard of. As  millennials, we often search for jobs that fulfill us on a deeper level yet also match our skill sets. I am thankful that, in 2013, I took a chance on a job with an afterschool program and learned what a vital niche I could fill. Continue reading

YNPN + You

If you read my previous blog post about my experience at the YNPN National Conference in Portland this summer, you got a little taste of who YNPN National is and how our chapter fits into the greater network. My goal in this post is to dig a bit deeper and share some exciting news about how our chapter and you, our members and friends, will begin to connect further with our greater national network. To give a little background… Continue reading

Meet Annette Fetter, YNPN Cleveland Ambassador

When YNPN Cleveland Ambassador Annette Fetter was younger, she thought she’d one day become a teacher because of how much she enjoyed playing “school” with her sisters. These days, while Annette is not technically a teacher, she is still using her skills to share information in a variety of ways to teach people about the organization for which she works, Kidney Foundation of Ohio (KFO). Continue reading

#YNPN16: A Report on the Annual Conference

Last week, from August 5 to 7, hundreds of young nonprofit professionals gathered in Portland, Oregon for the 10th YNPN National Conference hosted by YNPN Portland. Since 2007, YNPN Chapter Leaders from across the country have been meeting to hone their leadership skills, share ideas (what works and what doesn’t!), and build relationships with other like-minded young nonprofit professionals around the United States. Continue reading

7 things Hogwarts taught me about running a successful business

  I grew up with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. We attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry together. While they did not officially offer a business course, that didn’t stop me from learning a ton about running a successful business inside those castle walls. Here are my top lessons I learned during my studies.   Continue reading

Local Organization Spotlight: because I said I would.

      Because I said I would (BISIW) is both a nonprofit organization, headquartered locally in Rocky River, and a social movement dedicated to inspiring individuals to make and keep their commitments.  With twelve staff members, the organization is currently the largest it has been, and it is steadily growing as more and more people learn of its mission to better humanity.  The organization and its founder, Alex Sheen (pictured above, speaking at YNPN Cleveland's Anniversary Party in May 2016), believe that they are unique because their mission is universal—they say: “Regardless of anything that makes us different - age, geography, financial status, sexual orientation, gender, skin color, language… anyone can learn to make and keep a promise to do something good in this world.” Continue reading

Meet the Board: Lauren Bajda, Ambassador Program Chair

  Education and community are the common threads in Lauren Bajda’s background.  Lauren currently works at Lexington-Bell Community Center in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, where she coordinates afterschool and summer programs for high school students.  Now, she also serves on YNPN Cleveland’s Board of Directors as the chair of our Ambassador Program.  In this role, she coordinates highly-motivated volunteers to meet our organization’s operational needs.    Continue reading