Figure Your S#!t Out: A Night of Improv, Action, and Planning What to Do Next
Wednesday, Jan. 28th
5:30-7:30 pm
Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis 

Nonprofit Pairings: The Sweet and Sour of the Sector
Tuesday, Feb. 17th
5:30-8:00 pm
Minnesota Museum of American Art, 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:

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


The Scoop: May's News From and About Our Members!

Kudos to Jessica Jesswein who got a new position with the ALS Association of MN,ND,SD as an Event Coordinator starting in May.

Congrats to YNPN-TC members Ryan Kroening and Becky Saltzman of Events by Lady K for coordinating the HUGE bushCONNECT event!

Special thanks to volunteer Erica Winegar for putting together her first YNPN-TC event, "We'd be MIA without You".

The MemComm Team would like to welcome new volunteers Michelle Funk, Olivia LaVecchia, Morgan Weis, and Izzy Sullivan.

Congrats to member Keely Schallock Hendrickson on her new position as Project Manager/Grant Writer at J. Murphy & Associates.


What’s the big deal with this YNPN national conference? 

You’ve joined YNPN Twin Cities to build your local network, but what if I told you that you have a unique opportunity this summer to network with YNPs across the country?

Former Des Moines YNPN member Amelia Colwell Reedy leveraged YNPN’s national network as soon as she moved to Minnesota last summer to begin working at Accountability Minnesota. Since Amelia was already familiar with YNPN, she reached out to our Twin Cities chapter and got herself immediately plugged in as a member. She has been forging new professional contacts and friends ever since ­ and even dived into serving on the YNPN Twin Cities Programming Committee!

The Des Moines and Twin Cities chapters are just 2 out of 35 chapters providing programming for over 50,000 members across the country.

For the past eight years, chapter leaders from across the national YNPN network have gathered in a different host city annually to build relationships, learn from each other, and reconnect with YNPN’s vision. This year, as you may know from earlier save­the­date notices in The Bridge, it’s being hosted here in our very own Twin Cities.

We’re leveraging being this year’s host to provide local members with multiple high­value, free or low cost opportunities.

We’re dedicating this #ynpn14 edition of The Bridge to sharing the multiple ways you can be involved over the course of 2 days in June:

  • Register to attend the day­long Nonprofit Leadership Conference on June 26th, co­hosted by YNPN National and YNPN Twin Cities, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Why? We’ll tell you why.
  • Participate in a large, free local­ national YNP mingler following the Nonprofit Leadership Conference that will harken back to the fun and games of the Networking Recess event we threw back in April 2013. (Watch for registration to drop into your inbox in mid­May!)
  • Apply for one of the special day­long deep dive learning opportunities on June 27th around diversity and inclusion or purposeful work. (A $75 opportunity offered free for local members due to the Bush Foundation’s generous sponsorship!)

With that, consider this your very special invitation to participate in #ynpn14. You’ll be able to expand your network nationally, attend ridiculously low­cost (or free!) sessions, and gain invaluable knowledge to help you in your career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

(Curious to know more about the national network? Check out this great Pollen feature authored by YNPN Twin Cities board member Chris Oien in 2012.)



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

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