10 Tips: LinkedIn Groups for Development Professionals

i-love-linkedinIn the world of social media, LinkedIn may not be the first network that comes to mind. If you haven’t yet signed up, and value your work as a professional, it may be worth a look. LinkedIn is populated with a wide range of workers and job seekers, rookies and veterans, men and women who are seriously interested in furthering their careers and making connections.

My own LinkedIn story is probably much like that of many users. I am considered a bit of an “early adopter” by my friends, and when I heard of the network in my first year in development, I signed up. I found my mentor there (Gary, who lives in Arizona and was a huge help while I was starting out), and I joined some discussion groups and made connections with my connections’ connections. As you can expect, it didn’t take long for all those connections to add up!

In my travels on LinkedIn, I have run across several discussion groups that may be helpful to those of you who work in, or are interested in, the nonprofit development industry. Though some are more specific, many are general spaces where an individual can start a conversation about the topic of their choice. Here they are, in no particular order.

(NOTE: Descriptions are taken from each page’s profile)

The Annual Giving Network helps fundraisers exchange information and ideas.

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

The national LinkedIn community of VolunteerMatch, the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network. Have you found a great place to volunteer at Volunteermatch.org? Does your nonprofit or business involve volunteers? Use this group to connect with others who share your passion.

YNPN National seeks to build and expand the YNPN movement throughout the United States. The focus is on building local chapter leadership and capacity, along with developing a unified, national voice for early career professionals. The national body is governed by a board of directors, comprised of representatives from YNPN chapters and other leaders committed to making the nonprofit sector a sustainable, vibrant and viable place to work.

This group welcomes individuals working full or part time at a nonprofit organization and interested in networking with each other. We hope this group will keep us connected between professional conferences and as a source of ideas and solutions.

Connect with nonprofit professionals, find out about the latest online events with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, learn about job openings in the field, and help us shape our online community for and about the world of philanthropy.

This group will creat(e) a space for you to share with us your thoughts on how we can share results more effectively; encourage more people to use SOFII; encourage more people to share their work on SOFII; tell use what you think of our new website; and offer suggestions for improvement.

This group is for anyone interested in how nonprofit organizations are utilizing social media. Members can post resources, share information and/or ask questions or seek advice.

This group was designed to provide a forum to discuss new ideas, strategies and challenges faced by professionals in the nonprofit world. This group also offers the opportunity for nonprofit professionals to network with one another using this online forum.

Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With over 45 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

I hope that these are helpful to you. If you know of other groups that would be of interest, feel free to post them below. Happy discussing!


Posted on February 28, 2013, in 10 Tips, Job Search, Resources, Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love this post! I’m a huge advocate for LinkedIn and am an active member of YNPN’s San Diego chapter.

    • Thanks so much, Ellen. I love YNPN! Unfortunately we don’t have a chapter around here, but I visit the website frequently and am a fan on Facebook. Maybe one of these days I’ll rustle up a chapter in our neck of the woods!

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