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

Meet the Board: Ruthie Haggerty, Membership Chair

   Ruthie Haggerty, YNPN Cleveland’s new Membership Chair, represents an important sector of Cleveland’s nonprofit community: museums!  She brings her experience as the Membership Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland to her role on our organization’s board.  She is also a Cleveland native, and we look forward to tapping into her local cultural expertise as well.  Continue reading

Meet the Board: Kara Whaley, Budget and Evaluation Support

  It’s a good thing that Kara Whaley says that her superpower is spreadsheets because she’s joined YNPN Cleveland’s Board of Directors to provide Budget and Evaluation Support.  She currently works in web design and administration at Annevar Media, LLC, a job that started out part-time as she tried to figure out what she really wanted to do.  She now enjoys this work very much.  It involves connecting with clients, managing data, and learning new things—all skills that make her perfect to serve on our organization’s Board.   Continue reading

Meet the Board: MacKenzie Phillips, Ex-Officio

  MacKenzie Phillips came to Cleveland from Arkansas, and we’re happy she’s here—and that she knew about YNPN from her previous experiences in her Arkansas chapter! Because YNPN is a national network, she knew that finding a Cleveland chapter would bring her in touch with young professionals with similar goals. After serving as YNPN Cleveland’s President (2015-2016), MacKenzie now serves as our Ex Officio to advise the Board of Directors and to build partnerships between YNPN Cleveland and like-minded organizations.   Continue reading

Bloggers Wanted!

If you’ve thought about blogging, but can’t quite manage to start a blog of your own, YNPN Cleveland has the answer for you—contribute to ours!  YNPN Cleveland seeks interesting, talented, and engaged folks to write posts on topics related to professional development and the nonprofit community in Cleveland.  We’re excited to launch this new online phase of building a community of young nonprofit professionals, and we know that we’re lucky to count so many smart and enthusiastic people among our membership.  Continue reading

Meet the Board: Rebecca Rogg, President

  The love that YNPN Cleveland’s new President Rebecca Rogg has for nonprofits stems from her long history of involvement in the arts.  Originally from Cranberry Township, PA (near Pittsburgh), she was involved in theater and choir growing up.  She came to Cleveland to attend Baldwin Wallace University, where she completed her B.A. in Studio Art and minored in Spanish.  Now, Rebecca says that her favorite part of living in Cleveland is how much art and culture is just so close at hand, from museums in University Circle to the Metroparks surrounding the city.  Continue reading

Allison Retter, YNPN Cleveland Member

Meet Allison! YNPN Cleveland Member Allison Retter describes her interests by saying: “I love to run. I basically run, work, and sleep.”  Yet this hardly covers the scope of her engagement in Cleveland and its nonprofit community.  A native Clevelander, Allison grew up in South Euclid and currently lives in Shaker Square, and she’s spent her whole career working in local nonprofits.  In fact, she says the best part of YNPN Cleveland is “meeting other passionate young professionals with a love for our city and community.” Continue reading

Ben Gregg, YNPN Cleveland Member

  Meet Ben! Hailing from a family whose steel-hauling business has operated in Tremont for over a hundred years, YNPN Cleveland Member Benjamin Gregg has deep roots in Northeast Ohio, and he hopes to stay here for the foreseeable future.  Ben has a degree from St. Bonaventure University in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has widely applied these skills for work in nonprofits in Cleveland and Chicago.  Over his career, professionally or as a volunteer, Ben has gained experience managing volunteers, programs, events, and grants, and he truly functions as “a jack of all trades.”     Continue reading

Brian Schultz, YNPN Cleveland Member

Meet Brian! As a Cleveland native and an avowed devotee to the city’s burgeoning foodie scene, YNPN Cleveland Member Brian Schultz knows this community well.  It is appropriate, then, that he currently serves as the Community Outreach Manager for the Foundation Center’s Cleveland office.  By offering trainings and other resources to nonprofit organizations throughout the Midwest, he helps communicate the Foundation Center’s mission to “connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.”  Continue reading