2018 Reading List

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The dog days of summer are here, and whether your summer plans include travel, days in the water, or just more time in the Air Conditioning (no judgement), it is a great chance to take some time and invest in yourself and your mind by picking up a book! Below, I’ve compiled a Summer Reading List of books focused on personal and professional development which I hope will be relevant to our YNPN members and friends! These books came out of a combination of online research, recommendations from fellow nonprofit professionals, and existing lists (shown below) These books are separated according by personal and professional development, and then by the broader non-profit industry and the sub-sectors, such as marketing, fundraising, etc.Β 
Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you plan to read any of them!

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5 Year Refresh

Ahh, YNPN of Oklahoma City, you’re old enough to go to Kindergarten now. Isn’t that weird to think about?

When I first came on as the Communications Manager in August, I had one goal in mind: give the chapter a design refresh and fix up the website. With lots of sketches, edits and some hairs getting pulled out, the logo is ready to be unveiled to all of you! Here it is:

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Mindful Moments in the Workplace

Mindfulness (n) is defined as the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

The average full-time employee works 2,087 hours a year. The average full time, nonprofit employee works that many hours, and then some, along with statistically lower salaries and typically high stress work environments. Add in financial, social, and familial obligations and it is a recipe for burnout. Β One of the best methods for avoiding the dreaded, and all too frequent, burnout among nonprofit employees is by increasing emotional intelligence and mental focus through mindfulness practices. Check out these five workplace practices to help make those 2,000+ hours more focused, more enjoyable, and more mindful.

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