Often in nonprofits there is a need for creative solutions. With professional experience working in projects with nonprofits, local governments, and businesses, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that relationships and communication go a long way.
In fact, communication and relationships can impact three main areas for part-time staff; turnover rates, employee satisfaction, and investment in the work or mission of an organization.
I know that you’re probably thinking that sounds way too easy. Well, you are likely a determined individual if you work in nonprofits, so no need to fret. Part-time staff are an incredible asset when communication and relationships exist.
Keep reading for more about how to build investment with part-time staff.
Join us in welcoming our newest guest blogger, Amanda Herz! Amanda is a School Coordinator at Youth Policy Institute. Over the next year, we will be posting Amanda's thoughts and perspectives on the theme of investment -- investing in part-time staff, investing yourself in your mission, gaining investment from colleagues, and working with community partners.
See below for more information about Amanda's background and experience.
Join us in welcoming our newest Marketing & Communications Committee member, Jelyn Hermosa! Jelyn will be helping drive YNPN LA membership, connect our community, and provide valuable resources via social media -- particularly our LinkedIn Group and Company Page, Twitter, and Facebook. See below more a full interview with Jelyn.
YNPN LA's mission is to empower and support mission-driven professionals like YOU, but last winter the Board realized that outside of our vent sessions, we didn't fully understand the needs of our community.
More than 50 of you completed our Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey, and the results are compelling. Keep reading for a breakdown of the our methodology, topics, and outcomes.Read more
Many of us in the YNPN LA community work for organizations that are locally based and focused. In my case, I work as a fundraiser for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In that capacity, I've run into a question you most likely have faced: "Why should our philanthropic prospects give to local causes?"Read more
On April 4, 2017, YNPN LA hosted our first-ever Town Hall Meeting. Members came early for a members-only social and dinner. To foster relationship-building, we did an icebreaker ("3 Questions") and did introductions where attendees shared their name, their organization, and their passion. One attendee summed up why our community is so important:
We continued by sharing about YNPN LA's mission, board, and committee structure, then we dove into a report-out on our successes over the last year and strategic plan for 2017. The most engaging part of the evening was the Community Dialogue section, where members, nonmembers, and the board discussed the strengths of the plan, the potential problem areas, and ways we can make an event bigger impact in the community.
One of the biggest take-aways from the board's perspective was that our community is hungry to build more connections with each other and external organizations. One quote that's ringing in our ears was this:
There was real energy around this sentiment, and as a board we will be course-correcting to create more spaces where this can happen, including future town halls, open meetings, and member-led spaces where members can benefit from the communal wisdom and dialogue about issues critical to our industry.
Click here to view the full presentation!
To get involved, email [email protected].
Photos from the event