events & opportunities

Our mission is to provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals, and events are a big part of achieving that goal! Find a range of events to meet your interests, and become a member now if you’d like to be updated about future programming. 

Membership benefit alert! 

The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) is collaborating with YNPN-TC for this event Thursday, August 22 and YNPN-TC members can attend for free! 

For volunteer-led organizations, evaluation and training opportunities can seem like impossible endeavors given budgetary and resource constraints. In this session we will showcase how these low-risk, high -reward environments offer ample opportunity for building evaluative thinking in organizations, developing future evaluation professionals, and strengthening evaluation capacity within the grassroots nonprofit sector.

Through pragmatism and inquiry, volunteer-led organizations can build on the evaluation skills and capabilities of volunteers. In developing data practices through creative use of low- and no-cost tools and resources, organizations can improve decision-making and programming while building a foundation for more rigorous evaluation work in the future. Additionally, working with volunteers offers low entry-cost pathways for people interested in the evaluation field.

This session will address proven practices and resources, potential oversight and support needs, ethics related to volunteer-led evaluation, and implications for other organizations with limited resources for evaluation activities. 

This interactive workshop is for organizations interested in evaluation with low/no budget, individuals interested in evaluation opportunities, and professionals interested in evaluation as it relates to programming, development, and communications. No evaluation background necessary.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (during the presentation 6-7pm) are included in your ticket!

5:30 p.m. - Check-in, snacks and networking

6:00 p.m. - Presentation

7:00 p.m.- Questions & closing

7:15 p.m. - Bar Luchador

Purchase tickets here!

This event is presented by the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities (YNPN-TC).

Note: MINN does not offer refunds for event attendance costs. If you pay to attend an event and are no longer able to attend, your payment will be considered a donation to support the great work being done by MINN! Thank you for understanding.

September Leadership Breakfast

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 07:00 AM · 40 rsvps
Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN

About The Leadership Breakfast Series

Looking to get to the next level in your nonprofit career? At YNPN Twin Cities' Leadership Breakfast series, nonprofit leaders will share with you exactly how they did it, what they learned and what they're looking for in a rising nonprofit leader.

A little bit about Kristi Pearson, Executive Director of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library:

After serving four years on the Friends of the Hennepin County Library board, Kristi Pearson became executive director in 2014. She brings a passion for libraries and two decades of fundraising and marketing experience to her role leading the organization. Previously at AchieveMpls, Kristi led the development team through a transformative, multimillion-dollar fundraising effort. Earlier in her career, she spent several years in global sales and business development at Siemens, Eastman Kodak and British Petroleum.

The mother of three teens and an enthusiastic volunteer, Kristi was recently elected to the United for Libraries board and the Ziggy’s Art Bus board of directors. She previously served as board treasurer for Community Emergency Service and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Leadership Breakfast Registration Lottery

Registration for this event will be open from Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23 EOD. We allow as many people to sign up for the event as possible, and from there we choose 25 participants at random, while also holding space for young nonprofit professionals who identify as a person of color. We do this to keep these events intimate while ensuring everyone has a fair chance to attend a Leadership Breakfast event. If you registered for the lottery and identify as a person of color, you can email to let us know to place your name in the correct lottery.

Our facilitator will reach out to all participants by Monday, August 26 letting everyone know whether or not they received a spot through the lottery. Lottery winners will be asked to submit a question for our speaker in order to confirm their space. Unconfirmed spaces will be given to members of the wait list.

Other Notes:

  • There will be a YNPN member on site to facilitate and help you get the most out of these discussions.
  • Our media sponsor, Pollen, will be there to capture photos and provide an insightful article following the event.

Young & Professional: Navigating _______ in the Workplace

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 43 rsvps


Join YNPN-TC on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for an honest discussion about issues affecting young nonprofit professionals in the Twin Cities. 

Our panel of experienced professionals will answer our most pressing questions and lead discussions about navigating difficult topics including: racism, homophobia & transphobia, classism, power dynamics, career advancement, mental health and more. 


Abeer Syedah - Director of Equity & Inclusion at Students United

Donte Curtis - Owner of Catch Your Dream Consulting

Kassira Absar - Associate Consultant at The Improve Group

Shamayne Braman - Director, Diversity & Inclusion at HealthPartners

Sindy Morales Garcia - Senior Program Associate at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Dr. SooJin Pate -  Educator, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Specialist, and Writer  

Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt - Senior Strategist at Team Dynamics LLC

K. Cross - Constructive Consultant at Next in Nonprofits 
Location will be announced soon. 

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