My project for the class was with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego. My parter for the class project was Luanne, Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego.
Luanne and I were interesting in finding out: "What does it mean to run a community centered organization that meets the needs of our members?"
In order to answer this question we engaged in the consensus organizing process. First, we interviewed the board members of YNPN to find out their capacities, self-interests and needs.
The top four capacities and self-interests were:
- Fundraising abilities and other nonprofit management capabilities.
- Representing nonprofits that have a variety of connections and collaborations within the nonprofit community and beyond.
- Networking with other nonprofit professionals even competitors.
- Meeting with other nonprofit professionals on a regular basis to discover potential resources and skills to serve their own organizations and the community more effectively.
- Personal Communications and Marketing skills
- Working with Seasoned Nonprofit Professionals/Mentors
In conclusion, our recommendations to YNPN were to fully utilize the Capacities, Capabilities, and Connections of YNPN members as well as create mutually benefical partnerships in the community.
So, last night at our board meeting we formed a partnership committee that will be figuring out the process and structure for engaging in these potential new partnerships in mutually benefical scenarios. Our goal is to not create YNPN in a silo, but to involve the community every step of the process. I think we are on our way!