Have Your Nonprofit Career and Finance Your Future, Too (Part One)

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Many young people enter the nonprofit sector with a strong sense of idealism and the desire to make positive social impact. We also have hopes and dreams outside the office, many of which require money. At times, these parts of us can feel at odds. In YNPN Boston’s 2015 Young Nonprofit Professionals survey, participants reported that the number one reason why they’d leave the nonprofit sector was—no surprise here—low salary and lack of benefits.

We recently kicked off the first event in our Let’s Talk Finances professional development series to explore how we can have successful nonprofit careers and a secure financial future. Boston Security Analysts Society (BSAS) members Firoza Panthaki and Daniel O’Neill led us through an expert presentation on all of our pressing questions about retirement planning. Here’s part one of two of our summary on their advice, with the disclaimer that we are not financial professionals and are not offering endorsement or other opinions on this advice. Look out for part two, which will be published next week.

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Networking with a Twist: Get a Clue, Meet Someone New

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Tuesday, August 16th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lir, 903 Boylston St,
Boston, MA 02115

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Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Leadership Lessons from Hamilton the Musical

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Several times this year during YNPN Boston events, the topic of conversation has turned to Hamilton, the hit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not a big surprise -  the nation has been discussing it in earnest for the last year or so (especially since their amazing wins at the Grammys and Tonys). But, in true YNPN Boston fashion, we put our own twist on the topic, and started talking about how the themes of the musical relate to the lives and careers of young nonprofit professionals.

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YNPN Boston on the Move: Sydney Nolan

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Our "On the Move" series highlights members of our YNPN Boston Leadership Team who have recently transitioned into new jobs. Sydney Nolan, a YNPN Boston Ambassador, shares her reflections on her recent job search.

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Let's Talk Finances! Retirement Planning

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Tuesday, August 2 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hostelling International, 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA
$10 per person

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#npsquadgoals Challenge #4: Become a Nonprofit Marketing Guru

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Nonprofit Squad Goals is a regular series of challenges to help you tackle your professional development goals in small, bite-sized pieces throughout the year. We’ll offer advice and give you a platform to network with other young nonprofit professionals who have committed to making 2016 the best year yet for their careers. You can join the challenge and share your journey by using the hashtag #npsquadgoals.

In our 2015 Young Nonprofit Professional survey, nearly 80% of you listed Marketing and Communications as one of your top most important quantifiable skills for professional development. Marketing and Communications is an expansive field encompassing brand management, sales, content creation, media relations, social media, analytics, Search Engine Optimization, advertising, and much more. It would be difficult to cover all of these in just a blog post, but we have a few ideas on how you can bolster your marketing skillset. We dare you to take action by joining our fourth challenge of the year: Become a Nonprofit Marketing Guru!

Developing strong marketing and communications skills is critical for any young professional, no matter what their specific job. The ability to clearly express yourself, to articulate your ideas and to persuade others will help you succeed in any role. If you don’t currently work in marketing or communications, you can frame this challenge around your personal brand! Think of yourself as a brand: what do you want your audience(s) to know about you? What unique messages do you want to deliver? Which technical skill can you build to help you in your career path?

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