Category Archives: Leadership & Management

Board Recruitment and Orientation by Aaron House

YNPN Chicago is currently on-boarding 14 new board members. Our first official board meeting together is tonight but MANY calories have already been burned to ensure that we have the right people (and the right infrastructure) for a successful first … Continue reading

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So, You Think You Want to Start a Nonprofit?: Legal Steps From Incorporation Through 501(c)(3) Including Alternatives to Creating a New Charity by Erica Spangler Raz

So you have this great idea…Regardless of how great your idea is, there is a lot of work to be done to convert that great idea into a legally recognized nonprofit with federal income tax exemption (typically 501(c)(3) status). This … Continue reading

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Joining a Board the Right Thing For You? by Carlos Velazquez

This past weekend, I was thrilled to have been accepted to join the board of Pros Arts Studios, a wonderful Pilsen-based non-profit offering arts programs and events for Chicago youth and the community. It’s the first board that I will … Continue reading

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A Board Service Story By Aaron House

Serving on an ALL-VOLUNTEER board means something very different than serving on a traditional board. It means you’re accountable. It means you’re the workhorse. It means the big ideas you share during monthly discussions might just end up right back … Continue reading

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Economic Realities and Financial Management By: Brian Kates

Economic and fiscal issues are front and center these days. Regardless of your political persuasion, there are certain economic realities that we as non-profit operators will need to confront. Public revenues have declined sharply and states are cutting expenditures as … Continue reading

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Engaging Volunteers Through Building Relationships – Sarah Harbaugh

Getting and keeping good volunteers isn’t easy. Once they walk thru our doors, I have to do everything possible to keep them engaged and coming back. Generally, I like to start with the history of the program and explain the … Continue reading

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Launching a Nonprofit By: Elizabeth Newton

As YNPN looks to provide resources for young professionals interested in the nonprofit sector, I wanted to take a moment to offer a perspective to those individuals thinking of launching an organization of their own. Eight months ago, I took … Continue reading

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