On October 23rd at Impact HUB New York, the YNPN-NYC will acknowledge the work of an outstanding nonprofit professional under the age of 40. We do so as a network of young professionals who are still finding our professional and personal paths. It's a time when a simple "How are you doing?" from a friend is met with the standard response of "I'm in transition" or the somewhat less personal "My organization is in transition."
Even so, young nonprofit professionals as a group are not the blind leading the blind. Even as we might trip and falter ourselves, we have developed countless ways to help others up.
This is the spirit of YNPN-NYC's community and our volunteer board. We are motivated to give a little bit extra because we know our network of peers is doing its best to give a hand, a leg, and yes, sometimes a tongue - appeal time is coming up! - to the causes we care about. At the core of our service is the belief that we can enhance our individual impacts through shared relationships.
With this in mind, the theme of the 2014 Nonprofiteer of the Year Award recognizes the small, daily actions of our nonprofit peers who inspire big change. We also want to celebrate the diverse, cross-sector partnerships that make rich professional development possible.
At the start of this summer, and with the help of encouragers and friends, the YNPN-NYC board issued a call for nominations. We were humbled by your response. You shared fantastic stories of your peers, colleagues, and friends crushing it big with their day-to-day commitments to their teams and mission.
Throughout the selection process, these five women stood out. We have become big fans of their commitment to the causes they serve.
Sarah Andes :: Generation Citizen
Allison Hauser :: Girls on the Run New York City
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick :: UNICEF USA
Katie Riley :: She's the First
Becky Straw :: The Adventure Project
Learn about their organizations and read a bit about why they do what they do below.
The eventual winner of the Nonprofiteer of the Year will deliver the keynote at our annual Leadership Conference in December and be promoted by our network during the next 12 months.
As semi-finalists, they have been made celebratory members of our network, and have access to Impact HUB New York when they want to disrupt their daily routines and expand their professional networks through sharing space with entrepreneurs and enterprises.
To meet the semi-finalists, mark your calendars for the Nonprofiteer and #SOCENT Cocktail Party on October 23rd at Impact HUB New York. We could call it a networking event for professionals looking to get ahead. But, it's not. It's a cocktail party for individuals wanting to enhance their individual impact through shared relationships.
Dress the part and come have fun with us!
Meet your Nonprofiteer of the Year Semi-Finalists.
Sarah believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their own happiness. "My work at Generation Citizen, giving young people the tools to advocate effectively for themselves and their communities, helps make that opportunity possible - for them and in turn for me."
Allison's love for Girls on the Run comes from a desire to inspire other through fitness, to engage others in healthy lifestyles and to empower young girls. "I want the girls in our program, and all girls in NYC, to know they can achieve their goals. No matter where they live or where they go to school or how fast or slow they can run, they can do anything. We teach them the life skills so that they know they CAN."
"Growing up I always had enough to eat, a roof over my head, and was showered with love. But I have witnessed time and time again that many people around the world are not afforded these same opportunities, and consistently have their most basic human rights violated by crimes like human trafficking." Since being exposed early on to the reality of what her life could have been, Emily has dedicated her life to creating a world where everyone can achieve their full potential.
Katie was lucky to realize as a student that being involved in something bigger than herself would have a profound impact on my future. "At She's the First, I get to spend every day interacting with passionate, driven, extraordinary student leaders who are already changing the world through girls' education. My job is to support their endeavors, but their leadership and inspiration guarantees that no day ever feels like work."
Becky is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Adventure Project, a nonprofit “adding venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries. "In three years [we] have hired over 600 people in India, Haiti, Kenya, and Uganda - who are now serving close to one million people living in poverty." Prior to The Adventure Project, Becky spent three years helping to launch charity: water, an organization bringing drinking water to people in developing countries.