Joining YNPN Twin Cities was the easiest thing I did upon moving to Minnesota a few years ago. After months of planning and orchestrating a cross-country move, I crossed off my top professional networking task simply by filling out a super short form and clicking a sign up button – no dues, no back and forth.
Within weeks of joining, I was at my first YNPN-TC event and plugging into a network which has since helped me make important professional connections, build professional skills, and be a part of a meaningful space for questions and conversations on how we can shape the nonprofit sector from within.
I knew there were other YNPN chapters across the country, and that there was an overarching YNPN national organization as well, but never quite knew how it all worked together.
In the time since, I’ve joined the YNPN-TC board and in my current role as National Liaison, I am passionate about helping our local YNPN members take advantage of being part of our national network as well!
Below, I’ve listed five ways I’ve learned to plug into the YNPN landscape beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes:Read more
First off, let’s clear up one question: How do I know if I’m a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities (YNPN-TC)? If you’re anything like me, you might not be exactly sure what membership means. I started attending YNPN-TC events several years ago as I was finishing up a term of national volunteer service and starting to explore my career options. Did that make me a member? I got more involved and starting volunteering on the Programming Committee. Did that make me a member? I applied and joined the board. Did that make me a member?
Short answer: YES! (From the get-go!)
Long answer: Once you attend an event with us and/or sign up for our email list, you’re official! YNPN-TC membership is 100% free so you never have to worry about paying dues. (Side note: We now have 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit, and supporters are always welcome to donate to us to help us continue to provide high-quality programming without charging a fee to members.)
Now that you know how simple it is to become a member, let’s talk about how to get the most out of your membership.Read more
Fighting for a position to fight for people that need a better position is a real… well, fight. And, I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know all the questions to ask to move my organization’s mission forward. Or how best I can implement the ideas from the answers I come up with. I need others’ perspectives to understand what’s right, and to make sure what I am doing isn’t wrong. I need all the help I can get and I get the best tools for helping others from working with others. This is what I was hoping for when I applied for the YNPN-TC scholarship to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2016 Nonprofit Essentials Conference, and this is what I experienced in spades.
As a fairly recent graduate and one of the newest additions to the local world of nonprofits, I am not wealthy. However, I do have a certain relationship to power that I didn’t have as a little kid in a working-poor family in South Minneapolis. Today, I have a role and an opportunity that I never imagined I’d have. I am an idealist at heart, but I understand the demand for practicality. I think this tension was masterfully named by the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Vanjelis Ngwa in his deep exploration into the subtleties of power.Read more
On April 12, YNPN Twin Cities sent a dozen members to the MCN Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis as part of our scholarship program. The week after the conference, we hosted a debriefing gathering for the conference cohort so they could further connect and share about what they learned at the conference.
One member of the cohort is Amy Tix, operations coordinator at Firefly Sisterhood. Below, Amy graciously shares her "a-ha moment" from the conference with takeaways from keynote speaker Perla Ni.Read more
The scholarships that YNPN offers are some of the best benefits we provide our members, and we want to make sure that our members are able to take advantage of these opportunities. Have you ever applied to a YNPN-TC scholarship for a Minnesota Council on Nonprofits (MCN) conference or a MAP for Nonprofits workshop? Have you been frustrated because you’ve applied multiple times and haven’t been awarded one? This blog is where you’ll get all the info you need (straight from the scholarship administrator) to understand our scholarship process and hopefully improve your chances of getting a scholarship the next time around. Here’s what you need to know:Read more
“It’s easy to make a buck, it’s tougher to make a difference.” This quote from Tom Brokaw provided an overarching theme for the annual conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). On October 1 and 2, colleagues from around Minnesota gathered at the RiverCentre in St. Paul to celebrate, learn, and, yes, commiserate about the work we do across the state. As I was awarded a scholarship to attend from YNPN Twin Cities (in partnership with MCN), I was able to join them for two days of networking and in-depth sessions…with a few pieces of chocolate thrown in.Read more
Fall is a great time to be a YNP. There are some awesome discounts and opportunities available to YNPN-TC members we wanted to make sure you know about:Read more
Why should you attend a conference related to work that you aren’t required to attend you might ask? Give me ten minutes and I’ll tell you!
I attended the Nonprofit Essentials conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits back in August with a scholarship from YNPN and the experience proved to be invaluable to me.
You never know who you’re going to meet anywhere in life, but especially at an MCN conference. I connected with so many people who showed up in other parts of my life but I never really got to know before. Case in point: I spent a good chunk of the day with one of my coworkers, from a different department, who I’d never really talked to before. Our discussions about the two conferences we attended together really got me thinking about my day-to-day work, what I truly enjoy, and how I can partner with her department more to not only be more effective but also have more fun at work!Read more
Pressed shoulder to shoulder in a conference room, folders and chairs scuttled to the middle of the circle, we were asked a deceptively simple question; “What are you personally, and professionally, interested in?” Starting with the first brave soul who was (and presumably still is) interested in sustainable transportation, they were handed the end of a spool of yarn. The follow-up, “Alright, who else is interested in sustainable transportation?” was met with a smattering of raised hands. The yarn made its way to a second person, and then a third. Church planting, podcasting, travel in New Zealand, mining in central Minnesota. A yarn web (a yeb?) was forming, giving real-time credence to the statement: There is no substitute for being in a room full people all saying “I need something.”Read more
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership 2025 conference was my third attempt at live-tweeting an event. This means I have only sent 95 tweets out into the world (does that disqualify me as a millennial?). I’m often still confused on this particular social media platform and sometimes unsure if I’m doing “The Twitter” right. Thus, one of the big conference highlights for me was when The Theater of Public Policy used one of my tweets in a short sketch during their lunch performance.Read more