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Friday, April 3rd
5:30 - 8:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mpls



* 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


The Scoop: What's New and Going On with Our Members!

July is shaping up to be an awesome and busy month for our Twin Cities members! Here are some of the highlights that we can't wait to share with everyone:

Christina Perfetti is now Movement for Violence Prevention Assistant at Tubman Center.

Richard Matson-Daley is now IT Service Liaison at the University of Minnesota.

Kristy Gloe is now the School Linked Mental Health Professional at St. David's Center for Child & Family Development.

Keely Schallock Hendrickson is now Project Manager/Grant Writer at J. Murphy & Associates.

Elise Probasco is the Community Outreach Representative at Animal Humane Society.

Lan Freitag is Leadership Giving Officer at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Brian Kao is now the Operations Manager for Prepare + Prosper, which was formerly known as AccountAbility Minnesota.

Jess Jesswein and Leah Lundquist co-lead the coordination of the YNPN National Conference - and it was awesome!

Katie Tharp, Leah Lundquist, and Cary Walski led workshops at the YNPN National Conference

Have you recently been promoted? Joined a board or organization? Given a speech or led an event? Gotten an award or other recognition for your hard work and awesome-ness? Know someone who has and might be too shy to shout it out themselves? If you have some good news you'd like to share with the rest of the YNPN Twin Cities folks, send an email to so we can include it in next month's Bridge!


Who's Coming to the YNPN National Conference?

Only some of the best nonprofiteers in the nation! Check out our infographic for the deets.


Join our Scooby gang, volunteer!

Have you thought about what volunteering for YNPN-TC could do for you? Volunteering is a great way to make new connections, try out new ideas, and get the warm glow of doing something really positive for your community.

Are you interested in honing your online communications skills? We’re looking for people to join the Membership and Communications Committee. We’re specifically searching for folks who would like to do ecommunications for events, but there are many, many more really interesting opportunities.

So what have you got to lose? Fill out the volunteer form, and meet up with us to talk about how you can get engaged, whether it be on the communications team, or a choose your own adventure kinda thing! Sign up here.


Come Out For 2 Awesome Networking Events During the Conference!

Remember last year's smash hit Networking Recess event? Well, this June, we're bringing it back, but with a twist - call it the National Edition. Over 100 national chapter leaders will be joining us in the Twin Cities for this year's YNPN National Conference. Day 1 will kick off with the June 26th Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference (Will we see you there?)

Whether or not you can join us for the whole day, don't miss the biggest local-national YNP mingler held in the Twin Cities that evening at the Weisman Art Museum. We'll enjoy some incredible art and social games to help you make new connections both locally and nationally.

Free Appetizers & Cash Bar will be Available. Space is limited, register today!

The Twin Cities and Minnesota boast some pretty amazing LGBTQ rights accomplishments. From being the first state to add both gender identity/sexual orientation at the same time to its human rights statute to being home to the worlds only Hmong LGBTQ organization, the land of 10,000 lakes has quite a bit to be proud about when it comes to LGBTQ equality.

Kick off your Pride weekend with us! Come on out to the Courtyard Marriott – Downtown Minneapolis to mix and mingle on Friday, June 27 with LGBTQ and allied young professionals for a casual and fun happy hour. Come to relax after a long day, meet a new friend, or just to hear about the top 20 most exciting LGBTQ Minnesota accomplishments.

Free Appetizers & Cash Bar will be Available. Join us!


Thanks to Bush, YNPN-TC Brings 15 to bushCONNECT and the MCN Leadership Conference

Thanks to Bush, YNPN-TC Brings 15 to bushCONNECT and the MCN Leadership Conference

YNPN-TC was thrilled to learn earlier this year that we were selected to be a partner for bushCONNECT, a new event that brought together over 1,000 values-driven professionals from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota created by the Bush Foundation.

As a partner, we were able to offer (through a competitive scholarship process) over a dozen tickets to young nonprofit professionals for the conferences. Thanks to a corresponding grant, we were able to bring in five individuals from Greater Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as well.

This group of YNPs, dubbed the Tconnectors or Tcons, will also be attending the MCN Leadership Conference. While there, they’ll represent the amazing organizations they work with, as well YNPN-TC. Their names follow.

  • Courtney Bergey, Lanesboro Arts Center
  • Matthew Ehlman, Numad Group
  • Danielle Gangelhoff, MAP for Nonprofits
  • Thom Hart, Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • Alissa Jordan, American Refugee Committee
  • Sara Kettering, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
  • Sam Kundinger, Dakota Medical Foundation
  • Natalie Locke, Aynah
  • Brienne Maner, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
  • Megan Myers, American Heart Association
  • Amy Olsen, Minnesota Zoo Foundation
  • Christina Perfetti, Break the Bubble
  • Debby Van Eendenburg, Students for Education Reform
  • David Vining, FirstLink

As a part of their scholarship, the Minnesota Tcons will all be participating in various “give-back” activities, to help ensure that the great connections and ideas they learn are shared back with all of us. Stay tuned for future give-backs ranging from blog posts, to Member Meet-ups on interesting topics and more.

Thanks again to the Bush Foundation for allowing us to give this great opportunity to our members.