Six Blogging Young Nonprofit Professionals From NC to Check Out

I am delighted to have met a number of talented and passionate young nonprofit professionals in my home state of North Carolina. Even better, several of them maintain informative and insightful blogs — check them out!

Amber Melanie Smith

Though I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Amber in person, I am inspired by her experiences and insights. Amber Melanie Smith, self proclaimed “volunteer whisperer and nonprofit ninja,” is co-founder of ME³, an organization that connects volunteers with organizations in the Triangle and Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management student at NCSU.

Check out: Amber’s insightful post entitled Adventures in Founder’s Syndrome about her transitioning role with ME³.

Follow Amber on Twitter: @ambermelsmith

Brian Crawford

Brian Crawford–the “word slinger and a creative sensei” (was there ever a better personal tagline?) brings a background in copywriting and advertising  to his work supporting nonprofits at BC/DC Ideas with his wife, Dawn (see below). Brian is also the author of the blog Amplifying Good, described as “Dirty Jobs meets the nonprofit world.” Though it hasn’t been updated in a few months, I look forward to future posts!

Check out: Brian’s two-part interview with the Executive Director of Seesaw Studios in Durham, Interview with Michelle Gonzales: A Dedicated Life. See alsoPart 2.

Follow Brian on Twitter: @amplifyinggood @BCwritr

Dawn Crawford

Having founded BC/DC Ideas, a creative agency serving nonprofits and small businesses, with her husband, Dawn Crawford maintains an informative and professional blog with helpful leads, particularly about the uses of social media and technology within nonprofits at BC/DC’s funky, attractive site.

Check out: the first post in the “Aha Moments” series about an innovative Social Media Ambassadors program developed by Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Follow Dawn on Twitter: @SocMediaRckStr @dawnacrawford

Dallas Thompson

I was fortunate enough to connect with Dallas via Twitter and, more recently, over coffee. A very bright young nonprofit professional (and also a great conversationalist!), Dallas has (nearly) completed two Americorps VISTA terms in civic engagement and has (surely) completed a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Lucky for us, she recently launched a blog entitled Deep Gladness which thoughtfully and professionally explores both the personal and the technical sides of life as a young nonprofit professional.


Check out:

Dallas’ first post, Welcome to Deep Gladness, in which she honestly introduces herself, her intentions and insightfully discusses our unique circumstances as GenY nonprofit enthusiasts.

Follow Dallas on Twitter: @dallasbthompson

Kristen Jeffers

Kristen, a good friend, is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at UNCG and is the founder and Executive Director of YNPN NC Triad. Kristen manages a colorful blog on urban design, urban planning and community development issues of relevance to the NC Triad and NC Triangle areas.

Check out: Kristen’s recent post, Saying Goodbye to Borders, a poignant  reflection on a lost community space which mirrors her other reflections about the challenges of suburban decline in Greensboro.

Follow Kristen on Twitter: @KristenEJ, @BlackUrbanist

Nick DiColandrea

Nick DiColandrea, who holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, is Federal Grants Manager at Communities in Schools of Wake County in Raleigh and has contributed to a number of nonprofit causes including YNPN NC Triangle and Coalition to Unchain Dogs of the Triangle.

Check out: Nick’s encouraging and informative post, Tips for Nonprofit Newbies, on his blog entitled Nonprofit Beginnings.

Follow Nick on Twitter: @nickdico

Did I miss any? Please share with me other NC young nonprofit professionals who are blogging!

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