Looking Back on 2012 . . . and Towards 2013!

When I think about all we accomplished in 2012 at YNPN Atlanta, it's a little mind boggling.  For such a young organization, we have seen huge growth in our membership and programs!  As we move forward into 2013, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the awesome work our Board of Directors, committee participants and members have accomplished.
We launched our paid membership structure at the end of 2011, and since then we've had tremendous growth.  Many YNPN chapters feel confident in launching paid memberships until the day they start their first renewal cycle and have a very hard time retaining members.  Not only did you renew your memberships, but we saw an increase!  We are currently at 56 paid members, and we're growing monthly.  We took our mailing list from about 100 people to more than 375.  Not too shabby!
The number one thing that our members requested we add to our offerings was the opportunity to work with a mentor in the nonprofit sector.  Ask and ye shall receive!  In October we launched our Mentorship Program, which has paired 16 YNPN Atlanta members with mid- to executive-level professionals in our field.  We kicked off the program with our Value of Mentorship event and heard from a fantastic keynote speaker, Patricia M. Falotico (Vice President, Global Sales Center Transformation, IBM) on some of the highlights and pitfalls of her mentoring relationships from the perspective of mentor AND mentee.
Holiday Happy Hour Some of our members celebrating 2012 at our Holiday Happy Hour!
This year we held monthly Networking Hours that gave our members the opportunity to meet each other while discussing topics such as how to stay informed about the latest nonprofit trends and learning new skills through committee membership.  We held fantastic professional development events like our Strategic Volunteering Workshop with Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta CEO Heather Rocker (@hsrocker).  We look forward to expanding our programming even more in 2013 with your feedback!The next big step for YNPN Atlanta is solidifying our presence in the metro Atlanta nonprofit community as the go-to resource for young nonprofit professionals.  In November we filed for our 501(c)(3) status, which will allow us to raise funds to provide you with more professional development, interesting speakers and fun networking opportunities.  To ring in the new year we've brought on six (yowza!) new members to our Board of Directors to launch YNPN Atlanta into the next phase:
2013 Officers of the Board Lindsey Hardegree, Chair/Governance Chair Molly Friesenborg, Chair-Elect/Member Relations Chair Renee Dubois, Secretary Tayo Adeyefa, Treasurer/Finance & Fundraising Chair
2013 Board Members Christine Brasile Rachel Ciprotti Austin Dickson Anissa Floyd, Events & Programs Chair Marci Tate, Marketing Chair Jewel Thompson
YNPN Atlanta sees an effective, viable and inclusive nonprofit sector in metro Atlanta that engages young professionals as an integral part of the nonprofit community, supporting those individuals in their growth and future leadership.  We need YOU to succeed in our mission!  We need you to attend our events, join our committees, and spread the word that YNPN Atlanta is a valuable resource to the nonprofits in our community.  We are the next generation of leaders in Atlanta, and through the relationships and training offered by YNPN Atlanta you will be prepared to take your seat at the executive table!
On behalf of the YNPN Atlanta Board of Directors, thank you for your commitment to our chapter.  We look forward to more exciting opportunities in 2013!
Sincerely, Lindsey Hardegree Chair, Board of Directors