New Book: Connecting to Change the World

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Understanding how social networks – not simply social media – impact your mission effectiveness can shift how you approach your mission.

If you’re not already actively engaged in building and understanding networks, you might simply be curious as to what’s possible.

Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact by Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor, and John Cleveland, demonstrates the possibilities – and outlines designing, weaving, and managing networks.

 “This book sheds light on why some organizations today feel like heavy bricks, whereas others defy gravity.”

Richard McCarthy, Executive Director for Slow Food USA

With a healthy variety of useful appendices, you’re empowered to begin building, assessing, and, in general, applying lessons learned throughout the text.

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Reminder: Connect to Potential Board Members – Invite Emerging Leaders to a Committee

Through our nationally recognized Get on Board programs, we’ve trained, connected and supported more than 160 emerging leaders who want to serve nonprofits!

Are you ready to connect them to your organization? Submit an upcoming committee opportunity no later than Friday, June 27th.

Instead of engaging directly in board service, we encourage you and your potential emerging leader board members both to get to know each other through committee work or task forces.

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Do you have any current or upcoming committee opportunities? Share them with us by June 27th for the next issue of Stay Connected, our emerging leader newsletter.

Let us share these with our 160+ emerging leaders through our Stay Connected emails.

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Connect to Potential Board Members – Invite Emerging Leaders to a Committee

Since November of 2011, we’ve partnered with YLNI to train, connect, and support emerging leaders who wish to serve nonprofits.

To date, we’ve served more than 160 emerging leaders!

Are you ready to connect them to your organization?


Instead of inviting them directly on to your board, we encourage you both to get to know each other through committee work.

Do you have any current or upcoming committee opportunities? Share them with us by June 27th for the next issue of Stay Connected, our emerging leader newsletter.

Let us share these with our 160+ emerging leaders through our Stay Connected emails.


Share either a detailed Blank Organization Information Board Profile form and/or a brief one or two lines about committee openings and we’ll spread the word. Submit to no later than June 27.

Already submitted an organization profile for a past Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating event?

Profiles from 2013/14 events will be shared. Please let us know if you have updates to make.

Share this: Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness

“If you work full-time in a public service job, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.”

Is your organization working to keep good people? Demographic data tells us that millennials have record levels of student loan debt in proportion to their income. But, they aren’t alone. Some nonprofit staff are required to get degrees for which there is little financial return on investment. 

Ideally, your organization works to provide financial security for its most valuable assets: human resources.

Perhaps, though, the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness program will provide you, your staff, colleagues, or nonprofit-employed friends and family some needed relief. 

PS – You might also find the alternate payment methods useful. My personal household budget is greatly relieved by a several hundred dollar monthly reduction in my repayment because I use a plan based on my income. Enrollment has been painless and annual eligibility confirmation works seamlessly with filing my taxes. – Lettie

Click on the image or follow the link above to discover additional options and check eligibility.

“What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?”

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The Next America

America is changing. Anyone who looks long enough will see that today’s demographics do not represent those of decades past. According to Paul Taylor, author of the “The Next America,”  the altering demographics of our country “will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.”

Whereas age distribution tables used to resemble a pyramid, with large youth populations at the bottom and small populations of seniors at the top, today’s charts resemble a rectangle.pew

So what does this mean for nonprofit organizations?

Expect nonprofit organizations to play an increasingly important role in the lives of seniors. Our demographic transitions will require us to make some important decisions regarding our communities and our social service programs. With less youth to support our aging parents and grandparents, we will experience a strain on our finances as entitlement programs must be expanded. That’s where nonprofit and community organizations come in.

So what will Allen County look like in thirty years? Take a look at the Community Research Institute‘s report based on the 2010 Census information. Pay specific attention to the information about the aging population. The report states that  “Seniors are projected to grow to be 19.3 percent of the county population by 2040 from 11.9 percent in 2010. This is a substantial change to the county population and carries with it all sort of implications, from tax bases to social services.”

Have you or your organization been impacted by Allen County’s changing demographics?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

Above Board: Millennials and Nonprofit Boards

Where you’ll find bits & pieces of information about, and for nonprofit boards

“As a young professional, I’ll admit that “Join a Nonprofit Board of Directors” was never on my list of career goals. Likewise, “Recruit a Board Member Just Out of College” isn’t high on the strategic plan of most nonprofits. But now, I’m a 29-year old with 6 years of board experience across as many different organizations.  […] And I’ve realized how valuable board service can be for a Millennial, and how valuable Millennials can be to nonprofit boards.”

From Millennials and Nonprofit Boards: 10 Tips for Finding Each Other by Kyle Gracey

YLNI_GOB-8The PCNRC and YLNI are just completing their second year of the Get on Board project, with funding support from the Foellinger Foundation. The intent of this project is to engage young generations in serving community nonprofits, through volunteerism and board stewardship.
Save the Date for the next Board Bootcamp: October 18th from 9-1.
Nearly 70 individuals have participated in Board Boot Camp and over roughly 80 nonprofits have met with many of those Boot Camp graduates and others at Get Connected events already. The program has been very successful and will continue for another two years, starting in October and all of this makes the following LinkedIN blog by Kyle Gracey very timely.
“For Millennials, a generation that already shows a strong interest in volunteering and public service, board work can be a great way to give back to your community or country, will give you direct experience in financial and personnel management and organizational strategy, and can expose you to senior contacts at a variety of other companies and organizations, since your fellow board members will likely be much further in their careers than you.
For boards, we Millennials are tech-savvy, extremely passionate, as a generation, about issues nonprofits work on, and part of the very group who will be the next nonprofit leaders and recipients of nonprofit services”.

Read the 2013 Millennial Impact Report from Achieve

“This year, Achieve gathered information from an online survey distributed to Millennials through 14 research partners, and, for the first time, conducted usability testing of nine nonprofits online presence that included video feedback. The report provides a guide for organizations to better understand this generation, immerse them in the cause, and maximize the impact of their interest, time, and giving.” – Achieve