YNPN: Harnessing the Power of Networks to Serve & Grow

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

When you get together with passionate people - you can change the world - and each other. The power of networks is more evident today than ever before. YNPN harnesses both the power of a 30,000 member network and the passion of young nonprofit professionals.

537183_465937433474559_1094332628_n.jpgWhile serving as Board Chair for San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, I regularly witnessed the magic of this combination.

Nonprofit leaders in their 20s and 30s were eager to volunteer their skills, step up as board members, and serve as mentors for their peers.

They started debates, helped each other find dream jobs and encouraged each other to take risks. 

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege to serve, lead, and follow in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. I find myself most engaged when I have the opportunity to help others and grow professionally - YNPN provided both in an atmosphere that connected me to a network of peers.

Board service and pro bono service can be so valuable to an individual’s sense of purpose and to their career. I saw this at YNPN, as Deputy Director at Taproot Foundation and today managing the corporate volunteer strategy at Schwab.

My advice to professionals in any sector - if you want to have an impact - don’t wait for the perfect opportunity - join a board, volunteer, and get engaged! 

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This is a guest post by Amanda Pape Lenaghan, who served as the Board Chair at YNPNsfba from 2010-2012. Amanda currently holds the Manager position at Charles Schwab Foundation. http://www.linkedin.com/in/amandalenaghan

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