Event Recap: Give Yourself $ome Credit


What is credit? Why do I have a credit score? We heard answers to these questions and more at the June 7th “Give Yourself Some Credit” event hosted at WeWork Custom House. Sponsored by Beneficial State Bank, this event featured Financial Beginnings volunteer Andrew Becvar, CFP. Andrew shared a wealth of credit knowledge with about 30 social-sector loving young professionals, who walked away with a better understanding of why credit matters and how to maintain it. 

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Organization Spotlight: NTEN Offers a Range of Nonprofit Technology Resources

Do you think of yourself as a nonprofit technologist? Likely not. In YNPN Portland’s recent member survey, about 5% of respondents reported that they directly work in an IT department at their organization. Most of the emerging nonprofit leaders we reached out to work in fundraising, communications, or program management.

But the odds are that wherever your work in your organization, technology is part of your job. You may be responsible for engaging supporters through a variety of online platforms, keeping accurate donor data, or tracking the impact of a program over time. From an organizational standpoint, the effective use of technology is a necessity. Can you imagine a nonprofit without a website, or without tools for accepting donations, managing event registration, or emailing supporters? How about secure access to the internet and organizational documents? 

The challenge facing all nonprofits, then, is to invest the resources necessary to secure the tools they need and to support the staff who will be responsible for using them. NTEN is a national professional organization, based here in Portland, that seeks to help nonprofits meet that challenge.

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Tip of the Hat: YNPN Portland Applauds Give!Guide Decision to Remove Salary Requirement from Skidmore Prize


The Willamette Week Give!Guide annually handpicks nonprofit organizations to support during the end-of-year holiday season (141 in 2016), and awards cash prizes (the “Skidmore Prize”) to a group of outstanding professionals aged 35 or under in the nonprofit sector. In particular, the Give!Guide aims to promote early patterns of philanthropic giving among individuals aged 35 or under and highlight important work in the Portland community.

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Nonprofit Advocacy - Do's and Don'ts

A couple weeks ago I joined more than 35 social-sector loving professionals to hear from Dr. Billie Sandberg, YNPN Portland Board alumna and Director of The Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University, at YNPN Portland's Nonprofit Advocacy 101 event. Recently, the increasing visibility of social movements and the outcome of our presidential election led many nonprofit professionals to ask - What can we do? What can't we do? 

Fear no longer!  These takeaway do's and dont's will get you started on the right nonprofit advocacy path.

Emily Logan from Care2 created a mini-zine to accompany her facilitated group discussion - read about her experience making the zine and presenting to YNPN Portland, as well as a copy of the full zine, on the Care2 Team Blog. 

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Event Recap: MLK Day of Service 2017


On Saturday, January 14th, YNPN Portland and the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals partnered with Hands on Greater Portland and United Way of the Columbia Willamette to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in a day of service at the Rebuilding Center



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Happy 2017 from YNPN Portland


2016 was a busy year! As Board Chair, I am excited to share some of last year's highlights and some of what we are looking forward to in 2017.

YNPN Portland programming and action is guided by our Five Pillars of Leadership Development and a commitment to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. I am proud of the opportunities and spaces that YNPN Portland creates for learning and connection. 

2016 Highlights:

  • Activate! Summit: Portland served as host city for the YNPN National Conference in August, which brought together 100+ chapter leaders from YNPN locations across the country. Day one of the conference engaged 250+ local social sector leaders in a day of professional development training, and featured Vu Le, author of Nonprofit With Balls96% of surveyed attendees learned something new about their leadership or the sector and 93% felt the Activate! Summit was an inclusive and welcoming space.

  • Accessible and Relevant Professional Development Events: YNPN Portland is committed to providing low cost and high value opportunities for growth. In 2016, we explored topics including Self Care, Equity, and Homelessness & Housing through 4 events engaging 200 individuals. YNPN is committed to cost never being a barrier by keeping ticket prices low and providing scholarships for all events.

  • Ongoing Network Building: We hosted 7 networking, service, and social events in 2016 across the Portland metro area. These events are always free, and sometimes we even buy the snacks and drinks!

  • New Board Leaders: In July 2016, we invited 5 new Board Members to join YNPN Portland. The board is now 14 strong and is an impressive and inspiring bunch!

Looking Ahead to 2017:

  • Member Survey: We want to take some time in early 2017 to hear from you. Who you are, what you do, and how YNPN Portland can be of better service to you. Look for an email soon with a link to a short survey. The results will shape the direction and focus of YNPN Portland programs moving forward.

  • January 14th Service Project: Kick the new year off right with a little service to others. Join YNPN & Urban League Young Professionals at one of two projects on Saturday, January 14th celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. RSVP now to save your spot.

  • March with YNPN on January 21st: Want to participate in the March on Portland? If you’re looking for folks to march with, join us. We’ll meet up a little early and march together. Invite your family and friends, all are welcome. This march is to ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER. RSVP to say we’ll see you there.

I look forward to the coming year and to all the great that lies ahead!

See you out there,

Megan O'Leary, YNPN Portland Board Chair

Post Election Reflection: We Believe


Today, YNPN Portland returns to our core beliefs.

“We believe that our social ills are caused by inequities in access to the basic resources and benefits of a democratic society. These inequities are based on discrimination against various groups by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other identities. We also believe that a diverse and powerful social sector can address these inequities.”

Our Stance on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Now, more than ever, we must speak out against hate and bigotry, stand up for policies that lift people up, build our community, and band together. YNPN Portland commits to this work, to showing up, and to creating spaces for you to lead.

We want you to know that we value the work you have done for our city and state. YNPN Portland believes in you. We believe in young emerging leaders and we believe in the power of our community.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Together, we’re building a powerful and diverse nonprofit sector.

-The YNPN Portland Board

My Experience at the YNPN Activate! Summit


There is a funny saying about Portland – “Portland is where young people go to retire.” It is meant to paint the picture of a community of young people who live in Portland to enjoy the culture of great food and craft beer and not do much else. After my experience with over 300 young nonprofit professionals at the Activate! Summit last month, I would say that is not the case at all.

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Event Recap: Thrice as Nice

thriceasnice.pngThree presenters from the 2016 Activate! Summit shared bite-size versions of their professional development content with YNPN Portland on September 28, 2016. More than twenty attendees gathered to reflect on equity, leadership, and aligning personal and professional goals at Taborspace. Thanks to all who attended!

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Day in the Life: Alexa

Macintosh HD:Users:alexamorris:Downloads:_DSC2674.jpgMy name is Alexa and I currently work as a Web & Social Media Manager for The Salvation Army Cascade Division, which serves Oregon and Southern Idaho. I am motivated to make information about The Salvation Army and the services they provide, accessible across digital platforms. Did you know that The Salvation Army is more than a thrift store?

In Portland, Oregon alone they operate a Veterans & Family Center, a domestic violence shelter, a female emergency shelter, multiple food pantry programs and those are just to name a few.

What does my day look like?

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