YALE ALUMNI NONPROFIT ALLIANCE
Global Newsletter | Winter 2019
HIGHLIGHTS
FORMER YANA-DWIGHT HALL FELLOW MARWAN SAFAR JALANI '20 AWARDED RHODES SCHOLARSHIP!

Marwan Safar Jalani ’20 is one of two winners of a Rhodes Scholarship for the Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine (SJLP) region. Safar Jalani became the first Yale recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship for the SJLP region.

“I owe much of my path to the Rhodes Scholarship to my... 2017 summer internship at the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven... funded through the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship...” 

— Marwan Safar Jalani '20
YANA RECEIVES UNPRECEDENTED
7 th CONSECUTIVE YAA BOARD OF GOVERNORS EXCELLENCE AWARD

We're incredibly excited and honored to have received an unprecedented 7th consecutive Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors Excellence Award! We were recognized for our Marketing Program, featuring an Annual Report and Global Newsletter. 
BE A PART OF YANA'S IMPACT
YANA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

YANA chapter leaders are interested in your input to help plan programming and events for the coming year. Please take a few moments to complete the survey below. Thank you!
Help us reach our goal of $20,000! Corporate sponsorships are available for $500!
YANA-DWIGHT HALL FELLOWSHIP CAMPAIGN

Help support the next generation of social impact leaders! The YANA-Dwight Hall Fellowship is now in its 4th year! We are hoping to raise enough money to support four fellows this coming summer. Learn more about the YANA-Dwight Hall Fellowship Program and past Fellows.
SUPPORT YANA 

YANA is entirely volunteer-led; and we rely on the generosity of our members and those who believe in social good to support our inspiring programs.
Tell Us Your YANA Impact Story!

We want to hear from your perspective about how well we are pursuing our mission!

  • Has YANA connected you to new career or learning opportunities?
  • Have you or someone you know benefited from YANA in any way, perhaps through introductions to nonprofit boards, jobs, internships, funding, or speaking gigs?

If yes, we'd love to hear your story - large or small - on how being a part of the YANA community has positively impacted your life.
"As a long term non-profit leader, I am thrilled to become part of the Yale network and look forward to engagement across a wide range of interests.”
JOIN OR START A CHAPTER

Join our network of nearly
5,600 people - with
9 chapters on 3 continents:

Bay Area, Chicago, Colorado, Europe, 
India, New England, New York, 
Seattle, Texas, and Washington DC.  

A heartfelt welcome to the ~400 individuals who have recently joined our community!
Don't see a YANA Chapter in your area?   Contact Executive Director, Rachel Littman, about starting one!

Working Together, Giving Back, Changing Lives
ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
YANA is pleased to share announcements for Yale Alumni Shared Interest Groups, YANA Spotlight presenters and organizations that have been working to advance the mission of YANA. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest news!
YANA NEAR YOU: UPCOMING EVENTS
YALE COMMON GOOD & CREATIVE CAREERS FAIR
Jan. 31, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
New Haven, CT

Yale’s Common Good & Creative Careers Fair seeks to connect a select group of arts, nonprofit, education, and government organizations with students from Yale University, including Yale College undergraduate students, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Professional Schools. If you are unable to attend, you can also post internship opportunities here.
YANA WEBINAR SERIES
Join our renowned free webinar series featuring Yale alumni experts, as we explore the dynamic and rapidly-evolving facets of the social impact sector.

YANA EVENING TEA SERIES
Inspired by the Head of College Teas at Yale's residential colleges, our YANA Evening Tea Series are discussions designed to highlight leading experts involved in advancing positive social change.


We plan to bring the YANA Evening Tea Series to a YANA Chapter near you!
ORGANI ZE AN EVE NT!

YANA is always looking for people to help organize, participate in, or host events at the local chapter level.

If you would like to showcase your organization or know of someone who would make a great speaker,
please email Rachel
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: RECENT EVENTS
YANA NY PANEL
Fighting Inequality: 
The Unique Role of Philanthropic Foundations
On Nov. 12, YANA brought together four Yale alumni who hold leadership positions at major foundations, along with an audience of over 200 nonprofit and philanthropic professionals who gathered at the Lycée Français in New York. This program explored the role that foundations play in fighting inequality. We heard from four experts (and Yale alums) as they shared their perspectives — and how their viewpoints have evolved, based on the changing landscape.
YANA DC PANEL
25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
On November 6, the YANA DC Chapter held an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking federal legislation, “The Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA). Championed by then-Senators Joe Biden and Orrin Hatch, and signed into law by President Clinton, the VAWA addressed the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in a comprehensive and multifaceted approach never before seen.
YANA DC
Robert Lalka ’05 & Public Democracy: Stewards of Data for Good
Our DC Chapter members — and others around the country via live stream — were joined for a conversation on Using Data for Good by Robert Lalka ’05, Professor of Practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the Executive Director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane University. Rob also serves as Chairman of the Board of Public Democracy, a certified B-Corporation, data solutions, and market intelligence company on a mission to develop better data and more meaningful AI systems that reflect users’ values, support their priorities, and allow them to better share in the value of the data they create. Through his role at Public Democracy, Rob leads partnership development and advises on technology strategies to empower communities in pursuit of the common good.
YANA NEW ENGLAND & YALE WOMEN

Sophie Ascheim '22 Discusses Oscar-Winning Film, "Period. End of Sentence."
At a November event co-sponsored by YaleWomen Connecticut, 1stGenYale, YANA New England, the Yale School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the Yale School of Public Health Alumni Association, Sophie Ascheim ’22 talked about her activism with Joellyn Gray ’81 MBA.

After viewing Sophie’s Oscar-winning documentary, “Period. End of Sentence,” and participating in a Q&A with her, attendees packed kits of menstrual supplies that were donated to a New Haven agency.
YANA NEWS

Check out the other YANA individuals and organizations impacting their communities and the world!
Local Volunteer Opportunities: Yale Community Connect
Yale Community Connect is an exciting initiative to connect Yale alumni and friends with ongoing opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in community organizations throughout your area.
RECENT YC CONNECT HIGHLIGHTS
MLK JR. SERVICE DAY PROJECT WITH THE MISSION CONTINUES

Jan. 18 | East Harlem, NYC
Sam Rubin represented Yale Community Connect during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Mosaic Preparatory Academy, organized by The Mission Continues. Yale Community Connect introduced the two organizational partners in 2019, and they launched the first MLK Jr. Day of Service cooperation together last year, accomplishing thousands of dollars in renovations and repairs. We look forward to this annual tradition of partnership-in-action.

About 30 volunteers, including military veterans, split up into two groups, with some helping to clear out a room in the basement that was filled with outdated/broken equipment and other trash. Within a few hours one group freed up about 2,500 square feet of extra room (and filled up the dumpster), and then joined the second group upstairs to help finish their project: painting the hallways and classrooms. Volunteers finished with pizza and a thank-you from Daniel Perez, the Mission Continues project leader. All in all, a great experience!
MULCHFEST 2020
"IT'S MY PARK" DAY

Jan. 11 | Prospect Park, NYC
Yale NYC / Yale Community Connect joined the Prospect Park Volunteer Corps at MulchFest 2020 for one of their Chipping Saturdays, near the famous Litchfield Villa. Six volunteers were rewarded with unseasonably beautiful weather to help process holiday trees and wreaths for mulching.

Tree donors were able to "bring their tree to a chipping site on Chipping Saturdays to take home a tree-mento! The tree chips generated enabled donors to have their very own bag of mulch to use in their backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree." Volunteers were treated to free pizza and hot chocolate. A great time was had by all!
MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE WITH DOROT

Feb. 2 | New York, NYC
Yale Community Connect is working
with DOROT to deliver winter meals. We would love to gather as many volunteers for this rewarding opportunity as possible. Please register here by Jan. 16, and contact us with any questions.
SPOTLIGHTS
NY CLASSICAL THEATER
October’s New York Monthly Meeting’s Spotlight featured New York Classical Theater, a nonprofit with a mission to create and reinvigorate audiences by presenting free productions of popular classics and forgotten masterpieces in public spaces throughout New York City. Bob Staffaroni ’73, Board Chair, and Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director, led the presentation.
COMBINED ARMS
YANA Houston's October meeting featured Cress Clippard, Chair of the Board’s Volunteering and Collaboration Committee, and Bryan Escobedo, Operations Manager, of Combined Arms. Both Marine combat veterans who navigated their own reentry into civilian life, they bring their own experiences to the nonprofit world with an impressive focus and determination to serve their clients efficiently and compassionately. 

CT MIRROR
YANA New England enjoyed a successful YANA reception and program on the emergence of nonprofit publications on October 24 in Hartford at the offices of Connecticut Public Broadcasting and the CT Mirror. Bruce Putterman, publisher of the CT Mirror, guided the audience through a presentation focused on changes in the news marketplace and the role played by the CT Mirror in Connecticut since its inception.


ASTORIAN
December’s New York Monthly Meeting’s Spotlight featured Victor Hunt ’18, a native of Queens whose family experienced hardship and homelessness. With exceptional vision and grit, Victor launched a mission-driven online business, Astorian, from his dorm room at Yale that matches property managers with vetted contractors — including hundreds of affordable buildings — helping to reduce costs and stabilize rent increases in New York City.
7-Time Consecutive Winner of the Yale Board of Governors Excellence Award 
  Working Together, Giving Back, Changing Lives
YANA NEWSLETTER:
Editor-in-Chief: Liana Epstein
Editorial Board: Grace Hsieh, Lou Martarano

Contributors: Maria Laura Acebal, Andrew Burgie, Alison Gardy, Joellyn Gray, Victor Hunt, Yang Li, Rachel Littman, Vu Nguyen, Caterina Passoni, Bruce Putterman, Sam Rubin, Bob Staffaroni