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Networking: The Nonprofit Superpower You Never Knew You Had


March 11, 2024

Noam Mendelson

Hey there, Vee’s nonprofit warriors!  Let’s talk about a little something called networking – you know, that magical skill that involves talking to people, making connections, and maybe even scoring a few free snacks at networking events (score!). But here’s the kicker – networking isn’t just for schmoozing and snagging business cards. Oh no, dear friends, it’s so much more than that. It’s your secret weapon in the fight for nonprofit growth and world domination (okay, maybe not world domination, but you get the idea). So grab your cape (or power tie, if that’s more your style) and let’s dive into the wonderful world of networking!

The Power of You

First things first – let’s talk about YOU. Yep, that’s right – you’re the most powerful weapon in your nonprofit’s arsenal. With your charm, your wit, and your killer dance moves (hey, no judgment here), you have the power to make connections, build relationships, and inspire others to join your cause. So don’t underestimate the power of YOU – because when it comes to networking, you’re the MVP, the star of the show, the Beyoncé of the nonprofit world (okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea).

It’s All About Connections

Now, let’s talk about connections – you know, those magical little threads that link us all together in the grand tapestry of life. Whether it’s your Aunt Mildred who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who runs a foundation (phew, got all that?), or your old college roommate who just happens to work for a major corporation looking for a nonprofit partner, connections are the currency of the nonprofit world. So don’t be afraid to use them, nurture them, and maybe even exploit them a little (hey, all’s fair in love and fundraising, am I right?).

The Art of Schmoozing

Ah, schmoozing – that age-old skill that involves making small talk with strangers while secretly plotting your escape to the dessert table. But fear not, dear friends – schmoozing doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, with a little practice and a whole lot of charm, you can schmooze like a pro and make meaningful connections that will benefit your nonprofit for years to come. So dust off your best icebreaker (no, “So, do you come here often?” doesn’t count), and get ready to schmooze your way to nonprofit glory!

Putting It All Together

So there you have it, dear nonprofit pals – your guide to using yourself and your connections as the ultimate weapons for nonprofit growth. Whether you’re hobnobbing at a networking event, reaching out to old friends on LinkedIn, or charming your way into a potential donor’s heart (figuratively speaking, of course), remember that you have the power to make a difference. So go forth, network like a boss, and watch your nonprofit soar to new heights of success. And hey, if all else fails, at least you got some free snacks out of it, right?  #NetworkingNinjas #NonprofitSuperpowers #SnacksForDays