Letter From the Editor

Welcome to this special YNPN Edition of Blue Avocado! We've partnered with our friends over at the Young Nonprofits Professional Network to deliver you a special edition of Blue Avocado featuring young, insightful writers from around the country.

The Gentrification Phenomenon: A Nonprofit Dilemma

A Saturday morning walk through the Lower West Side ("Pilsen") community of Chicago may trick you into thinking you've accidentally stumbled across the southern U.S. border. The sidewalks are crowded with pop-up artisan markets, stands selling homemade tamales and aguas frescas, and pickup trucks loaded with fresh produce for sale. The vivacious community overflows with people and colorful murals. It feels as though a small piece of Mexico was transplanted to the Heart of Chicago, but it didn't start out that way.

4 Things Your Nonprofit Can Do to Recruit & Retain Millennial Leadership

If a key leader at your organization left their job today, who would fill their place? Developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders is critical to the future of every nonprofit organization.

Millennials now makeup the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, but many nonprofits do not yet have policies and systems in place that attract young professionals, invest in their professional development, or incentivize them to stay and carry out their mission.

Finding Your Voice As a Nonprofit

In these tumultuous political times, the nonprofit community has started asking important questions: What is our responsibility to speak out on behalf of our staff, clients, and community? How do we advocate for them without violating our 501(c)(3) status, and while remaining an open and inclusive space for supporters of all political identities?

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