My Four Favorite Tips from our “Knowing Your Worth” Event














Hi everyone! I’m Caitie Deranek Stewart, the newest member of the YNPNindy Board, proud IU School of Medicine fundraiser, nonprofit enthusiast, and philanthropy/nonprofit management student at IU. I’ve been on the Board for all of a month but have already had a great time and my regard for YNPNindy’s work continues to grow.

Events like last month’s “Knowing Your Worth,” generously hosted by the IUPUI University Library, confirm my thoughts that this organization is somewhere where everybody in the Central Indiana nonprofit community should be involved. The panel was really interesting and had some great tips and the audience asked questions that helped push the conversation even further. Conversations ranged from the nitty-gritty of prepping a resume and cover letter to how to leverage experience you have to be better compensated.

What, you might ask, were my favorite takeaways? Here are a few of my favorite things (please tell me I’m not the only one who immediately went to the Sound of Music here) ...

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Blog Interview Series: LaNisha Clark

LaNisha ClarkLaNisha began her nonprofit professional career in 1999, when she fell in love with youth development and urban education. Over the past 15 years, she has served as a volunteer coordinator, event planner, youth center director, education coordinator, site coordinator and fundraiser with various youth-serving agencies.

Her journey led her back to Indianapolis in 2012, where she has served various fund-development roles. She recently joined the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity team as the associate director of annual & planned giving. Her passion for the greater Indianapolis community and eagerness to fight poverty housing, made Habitat for Humanity a natural fit.

LaNisha lives in west Indianapolis (Pike Township) with her husband and 3-year-old son. When she is not in the office, you will see her volunteering as a mentor, cheering on her husband’s football/track team, spending time with the family or traveling.

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Blog Interview Series: Jennifer Coffey

PIHJennifer Coffey serves as the Director of Advancement at Partners In Housing (PIH). PIH develops affordable housing that helps vulnerable citizens leave homelessness behind forever, while giving them support and a chance to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency. Jennifer is responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing and events for the organization.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Jennifer loves spending time enjoying the city. She also enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and goofing around with her two daughters, Alexandra and Grace and her husband, Noah. If you don’t find her with her family, she is probably out with friends enjoying restaurants and breweries around town.

One of her favorite work moments of 2014 was realizing that she actually really liked The Walking Dead series during one of PIH’s events, Brains & Beer. Watching The Walking Dead season premiere with 150+ people who love the show and were dressed as zombies was an amazing experience and one she can’t wait for again this fall.

Jennifer holds degrees in nonprofit management and marketing through Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. She serves as board president of Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, and volunteers for the ALS Association and Giving Sum. She is also an alumna of Alpha Phi Omega, (co-educational) National Service Fraternity.

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Blog Interview Series: Alyssa Starr Newerth

Alyssa-150x150.jpgYNPNindy member Alyssa Starr Newerth started volunteering with Indy Reads in 2010, and joined the staff in 2012. She holds one Masters degree in Public Administration and another in Philanthropic Studies, both from Indiana University. As the Director of Advancement, she is responsible for Indy Reads fundraising, communications and strategic vision, and oversight of Indy Reads Books, the popular Mass Ave. spot. The Fountain Square resident is also the co-founder of the coolest book club in town, The Indianapolis Ladies of Leisure Society.

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Five Great Reasons to Join a Nonprofit Board

Cassandra Tice, YNPN Board Member

I joined the YNPN Indy Board in 2011. At the time, I was brand new to the nonprofit sector and to Indianapolis. The past 3 years my role as a board member has helped me personally and professionally. My fellow board members and YNPN events and activities helped me familiarize myself with the city and settle into my new home. 

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