Annual YNPN-TC Ugly Sweater Happy Hour
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
5:30-8:30 pm
The Bulldog NE, Minneapolis


Celebrate Your Story
Friday, Dec. 19th
12-1 pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






We provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals.

We envision a world where young nonprofit professionals:

• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

Our values:

โ— We strive for respect and inclusiveness
โ— We seek opportunities to collaborate
โ— We respond to the evolving needs of our community



At this year's National Conference, YNPN is bringing two great organizations to facilitate day­long workshops for chapter leaders from across the country. Thanks to a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, YNPs from the Twin Cities can apply for a select number of spots to participate in these "Deep Dives" free of charge.

There are two Deep Dives to choose from, and they are both great opportunities. You may apply for both programs, but you will only be accepted into one.

Applications are due on May 2nd. If selected, you will need to commit to attending the full­-day workshop from 10:30am­ to 5:00pm on Friday, June 27th. If you have any questions, please email

Please read through the following descriptions to see which Deep Dive would be a good fit for you:

1. Connecting Career to Purpose with Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program
FULL - Applications for this session now closed!

YNPN is partnering with Echoing Green (­on­purpose) to teach you how to become a Work on Purpose facilitator. As a Work on Purpose facilitator, you will acquire the tools you need to lead workshops for your community and help equip others with the skills they need to realize their unique way to make social impact.

Throughout its 25 year history, Echoing Green has performed thousands of in­depth interviews with its world­changing social entrepreneurship Fellows and has observed ten principles that lead individuals to fulfilling work that makes the world a better place. These ten principles are the cornerstone of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose curriculum and training on which nearly 300 faculty and staff at over 100 colleges, universities and nonprofits have now been trained. Other Work on Purpose program offerings include an original book, an interactive online platform and a series of inspirational workshops and keynote addresses. Work on Purpose would be a valuable curriculum to bring back to your community because it provides inspiration and frameworks to support a wide spectrum of young people seeking to make the world a better place in a way that is uniquely right for them.

If you are excited about facilitating group workshops and passionate about helping others with personal and professional development so they can pursue meaningful work, then this is the Deep Dive for you!

2. Inclusive Leaders Create Inclusive Communities: Diving In

Still accepting applications through May 9th!

An important conversation in today’s workplace centers around this question: Why and how do we move from inclusion as a value to inclusion as a practice? This year, by offering a day-long intensive training track with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (, we believe we can begin to move our communities towards addressing that question for the long haul.

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Sustained Dialogue is a five-­stage social change model that is designed to transform relationships and create informed community change. Participants in this Deep Dive will learn how to be boundary spanners in their organizations and communities, practice empathy, form traits of authentic leadership, frameworks for better decision-making, and work in diverse teams.

If you are passionate about creating inclusive communities through a powerful dialogue­ to­ action process, then this is the Deep Dive for you!



Talking Points to Use with Your Employer (& Yourself!)

Worried about how to get the time and professional development dollars to cover your participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Conference on June 26th?

Here are some talking points we’d offer you:

  • Attending this year’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference will enable you to network with over 100 chapter leaders from over 35 communities across the country, which means new ideas and connections for your organization!
  • This year’s theme ­ Exploring Diverse Voices ­ is about taking leadership around our espoused values around diversity and inclusion as nonprofit organizations. Keynoting on this crucially important theme will be Linda Nguyen, Director of Civic Engagement for the Alliance for Family & Children, one of the original founders of YNPN national.
  • If your organization is an MCN member, you can register between now and May 5th for an early bird rate of only $149. If you organization isn’t a member or you aren’t getting any organizational support for attending, you can sign up as an individual YNPN Twin Cities member of MCN for only $15/year enabling you to pay the reduced member prices for the conference!

Still trying to talk yourself into it? Consider these points:

  • Every year MCN offers the opportunity for a comped ticket in exchange for packet stuffing for a couple hours the week before the conference. Get in touch with Shannon McCarville at MCN for to sign up for this volunteer duty. Initiate a member meet­up to find some other fun YNPN Twin Cities members to do it with you!
  • Check out the useful things you can learn from Chicago YNP Steve Strang on The Shifting Strategy and local YNPs Cat Beltmann and Dania Toscano Miwa along with YNPN National’s Jamie Smith about Your Future Freelance Self, among many other valuable personal and org leadership sessions!

Hope to see you there!


Being the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic Leader of the Year

It was late spring and I was taking a day off to recharge after a long legislative session. The weather was perfect. I was walking, more like ambling, toward one of the Minneapolis lakes to sit in the sun. My phone rang. The caller wanted to break the news that the MCN Leadership Award selection committee had just finished and they had selected me to be the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic leader of the year.

I stopped in my tracks on the sidewalk and, to be honest, my actual words were not appropriate for a blog that strives to be professional and SFW. My shock was not because I don’t take pride in my work, but because there is so much talent, ingenuity, passion and dedication in our nonprofit community. For my work to be recognized was, and continues to be, deeply humbling.

The thing about this award that really makes it so special to me is that I was nominated by a group of fellow young nonprofit leaders. It is one thing to have a boss or board member offer a nomination, but knowing that my own YNP community came together, paused from each of their own busy careers and lives and put the spotlight on the work I do is the biggest honor.

It started several weeks before that springtime walk at brunch with some fellow leaders whom I deeply admire. You can read a bit about that brunch in this past post by Kelly Rowan. I really believe it is a sign of how healthy and vibrant our sector is to have leaders within our own community championing one among us. And, it should be noted, I know all these amazing women as part of YNPN­TC.

It is time to revisit and again reflect on how we can continue to lift up and support our peers around us. The nominations for this year's Nonprofit Leadership Awards are open from now through May 2nd. Who can you nominate? Are there others you can ask to join you in your nomination?

But recognizing the work of our friends and colleagues doesn’t have to be a once a year event. We can regularly take time to lift up the amazing work going on around us each an every day. Highlight it on social media, tell someone else about what you’ve witnessed, spread the word.

Our community is strong and will only be stronger when we support one another. What can you do to help strengthen our community?

­ Kat Kempe


You're Still Saving That Date, Right?

Remember when we talked last year and then again earlier this year about leaders from at least 35+ YNPN established and start-up chapters across the country coming here to the Twin Cities this June?!

Plans continue to be underway and we want to make sure you've saved the date!

Chapter leaders from across the national network will be joining us all day on Thursday, June 26th for a great Nonprofit Leadership Conference in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Immediately following the day-long conference, we're planning a local-national YNP mingler that will once again be a departure from business as usual as we revisit the fun and games that were such a hit with our April 2013 Networking Recess event. Even if you can't join us for the whole day, mark your calendar for the evening mingling.

On Friday, June 27th, there will be spots for up to 40 local members in two intensive, day-long "deep dive" trainings:

  1. From “Diversity” to Inclusion with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
    For the past several years, YNPN chapter leaders and members have been asking for support around inclusion: How do we move from inclusion as a value to inclusion as a practice? By offering a day-long intensive training track with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, we believe we can begin to move the YNPN network and Twin Cities leaders towards addressing that question for the long haul.
  2. Connecting Career to Purpose with Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program
    We're partnering with Echoing Green for YNPN chapter leaders and YNPN Twin Cities members to have the opportunity to become Work on Purpose trainers, learning how to help communities they are a part of connect career to purpose.

Watch for more info on these two deep dive opportunities and and the conference program in a special conference edition of The Bridge when registration opens April 1st!


Welcoming the Inaugural Cohort of EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute Participants

YNPN-TC and EPIP-MN have partnered to launch a 10-month cohort learning experience for young professionals working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of participants’ big career questions while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local foundation and nonprofit worlds. We were thrilled by the overwhelming number of truly stellar applications, but are only able to manage logistics for a small number of participants in this year’s pilot program. We look forward to exploring the ways we can work together to create a broader array of these kinds of opportunities in future, now that you, the YNPN-TC members, have demonstrated such strong interest. (If you are interested in joining in this exploration and planning, we'd love to hear from you!)

We are excited to announce our roster of 2014 participants:

Andy Brown, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Anthony Parrish, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Courtney Algeo, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Desralynn Cole, Project for Pride in Living

Eleonore Wesserle, Line Break Media

Elizabeth Fei, Minnesota Humanities Center

Eriks Dunens, University of Minnesota Extension

Erin Gavin, The McKnight Foundation

Erin Sapp Leitheiser, Target Corporation

Gina DiMaggio, Pohlad Family Foundation

Jennifer Song

John Fetzer, Bush Foundation

Joni Chacich, The McKnight Foundation

Julia Quanrud, ServeMinnesota Action Network

Kara Balcerzak, Corporation for National and Community Service

Kate Thomas-Tielke, Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Kyle Bozentko, Jefferson Center

Lauren Ignaut, Guthrie Theater

Naaima Khan, Greater Twin Cities United Way

Salena Acox, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

Seth Goodspeed, Carleton College

Tara Kumar, Minnesota Council on Foundations

Tiffany Wilson-Worsley, Minnesota Council on Foundations

Yaomee Xiong

The institute will kick off in April 2014 and continue through January 2015. YNPN-TC and EPIP-MN are excited for this year’s pilot and hope to offer applications for a second cohort in early 2015. Stay tuned for updates on the adventures of this year’s participants!