Health & Human Services Networking: Review

The Foundation Center’s April 11th Networking Night for local non-profit professionals of Bay Area health and human service organizations was a great success. I was honored to attend on behalf of YNPNsfba, which co-sponsored the event with Oakland-based Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD). The event was informational and lively, and served as a great opportunity to meet other local non-profit professionals who all share a common bond: a dedication to non-profit service and the people, families, and communities their organizations serve.


The event included some great intentional networking exercises led by CARD’s dynamic Executive Director, Âna-Marie Jones, which helped even the newest or most shy members of the Bay Area non-profit community break out of their shells. One of the exercises demonstrated the importance of making personalized connections with others. Ms. Jones suggested that when exchanging business cards with someone, be sure to make a verbal note of something that stands out from their card. That way, when following up with them, a connection will have already been established to help them remember you.

I would like to thank The Foundation Center for inviting YNPNsfba to take part in such a fantastic event, and CARD for co-sponsoring with us. I look forward to attending the next Networking Night and I hope to see more YNPNsfba folks there, too!


Makenna Nelson, @makennacamille.  She is YNPNsfba’s Development Manager. You can reach her at


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