Big News for YNPN of OKC (Times Two!)

by Emily Reed and Carrie Sauer

We’ve got BIG news! Times two! But to put it in context, first a little history...

By being a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City, you’re actually a part of a much larger organization: the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network nationwide. YNPN as an idea came about in 1997 in San Francisco, and the national YNPN officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2004. There are now over 50 chapters and start-up-level affiliates across the nation, Oklahoma City being one of the newer ones. We held our first event in March 2013 and were recognized as an official chapter just six months later in September.

Big News Part 1

nonprofit-announcementOn July 1 of last year, the IRS rolled out a new, simplified form for small non-profits like us to apply for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, the Form 1023-EZ. Establishing a paid membership program allowed us to save for the user fee and submit this new Form, which was approved less than a week after submission!

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Millennials: Irresponsible Job-Hoppers? Or People Guided By Passion?

by Jenny Brown

In recent months there has been a lot of talk regarding Millennials and job-hopping – some suggesting that those of us born between 1980 and 2000 are a “generation of quitters” and others saying we are simply seeking personal fulfillment.

Regardless of your opinion about the matter, I think there is something to be said for seeking happiness in our daily lives through our work environment. When we consider that the average person spends more than 40 hours of their week at work, I believe it’s important that the work they do makes them happy on some level. I may be idealistic, but life is too short to not enjoy your career, or at least find it in some way fulfilling.

But I think there is a specific part of the equation that more Millennials should consider before switching jobs, and that’s the question of “What am I passionate about?”

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What Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Say About Millenials as Donors - and How Effective Is It as a Long-Term Fundraising Strategy?

by Kristin Holland

By this point, you’ve probably seen your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds full of videos of friends, family, and co-workers dumping buckets (coolers, casserole dishes, mixing bowls) of ice water on their heads.

Some of them might include the hashtags #icebucketchallenge or #strikeoutALS.  This isn’t the first time nonprofits have used social media to raise dollars and awareness. In 2013, Water is Life hijacked the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems and the hugely successful social media campaign that followed brought over 1 million days’ worth of clean water to those in need.

As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to grow in popularity, and as someone who works and volunteers with the nonprofit sector day in and day out, I have to stop and wonder… is this truly the most effective way to create positive change?

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