Emerging Leaders Network
Sept. 18, 12 - 1 p.m.
MN Council of Nonprofits,
St. Paul
Topic: Free and Cheap Ways
to Learn Professional Skills

Five Minutes in Hell
Oct. 21, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Honey, Minneapolis
Accepting RFPs now!


* 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


We Want YOU to Volunteer with YNPN-TC

We’re on the lookout for some fresh energy! Support YNPN-TC with your time and talent, or learn a brand new skill by becoming a YNPN-TC volunteer. Check out some available opportunities:

  • Blog Editor: Are you a wizard of the written word? Then we want you on our team of blog editors! Help writers hone their pieces for publication. Can be done remotely with low time commitment!

  • Events Planner/Programs Strategy: Join our Programming Committee! We’re looking for people who are excited about bringing YNP’s together in new and innovative ways. Help us plan events and contribute to committee strategy sessions.

  • Member Benefits Team: Are you a strategic thinker? Then we want you on our Member Benefits Team! We’re looking for people to strengthen partnerships, dream up new strategies for making YNPN-TC membership valuable, and ensure that professional development opportunities are accessible to YNP’s.

  • Enews Co-editor: Reach our members through content! Curate, edit, compile and send our monthly enews to our members.

  • Event Marketing: Help us market our monthly Breakfast of Champions series! This includes eblasts and social media to make sure our members know about these events.

  • Scholarship Vetter: Volunteer to be on our vetting team! Read scholarship applications and rank them. Low time commitment, can be done remotely!

If your reaction to any of these opportunities was, “Hey, I can do that!” or “I so wish I had that skill!” or even, “I’m kind of hankering for a burrito!” email us at info@ynpntwincities.org to join our awesome crew of volunteers!


The Scoop

The Scoop is back and refreshed after a winter hiatus!

It's a new year and YNPN-TC members are challenging themselves with exciting new jobs and promotions!

John Anderson is now Community Coordinator at Conservation Minnesota.

Kate Khaled promoted to Director of Engagement & Donor Services at Charities Review Council.

Colleen Powers is now Marketing Coordinator at jabber logic.

Morgan Koth is now Patient Access Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Lindsay Marcil is now Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator, Continuing Education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Kaitlin Ostlie is now Grants Associate at InFaith Community Foundation.

Lucas Havens is now Development Officer at Carleton College.

Do you have some great news you'd like to share with the YNPN community? Do you know someone who might be too shy to toot their own horn? If so, send a note over to bridge@ynpntwincities.org and we'll put it in next month's Scoop!


Call for Presentation Proposals!

Have you ever had a really great idea or question or experience that you’d like to share with your nonprofit peers? Here’s your chance!

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at three upcoming conferences in 2015. This year, there is one inclusive form for submitting proposals to the Nonprofit Leadership Conference, the Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, AND MCN’s Annual Conference. Proposals for all three conferences are due February 22, 2015. Visit the MCN Events and Trainings page and click on the 2015 All-inclusive Request for Workshop Proposals.



Taking YNPN-TC to the Moon

By Kat Kempe

2015 is starting out to be another amazing year for YNPN-TC. We’ve already had a month’s worth of great events, brought on an amazing group of new board members, and started a new 3 year strategic plan.

This new strategic plan builds on our past successes and pushes YNPN-TC forward to be a bigger, stronger, more connected and sustainable organization.

Priority: Innovative Thought Leadership and Sector-Shaping


  • Identify changes and trends in the nonprofit sector and create opportunities for young nonprofit professionals to have a voice and impact.

  • Create tools and YNPN-TC programs with the intent to share for regional and national impact.

Priority: Creating Fiscal Sustainability


  • Create transparent, equitable and mission driven financial plans for YNPN-TC in partnership with and communicated to membership.

Priority: Engaged and Mobilized Membership


  • Create membership programs and opportunities to elevate the talent and leadership of young nonprofit professionals.

  • Equip members with the tools for active engagement to create meaningful connections with each other and in the sector.

Priority: Diversity, Inclusion & Access


  • Create a board and member culture of active engagement and radical welcoming, where everyone matters.

  • Use frames of diversity, inclusion, and access in creating and evaluating YNPN-TC offerings and engagement.

These priorities and objectives are the result of a series of intentional conversations, beginning with  a board retreat in July 2014. At the retreat, with the help of YNPN-TC member Alfonso Wenker (@alfonsowenker), we shared our hopes and dreams for the organization, including heading to the moon. From there, we distilled down to our first draft of what has now become our priorities. 

The board then worked with our committee volunteers to further refine our plan and gain insights for how to make these priorities and objectives a reality. One highlight of the process is seeing Lindsay Bacher, or Governance Committee chair, share the priorities at our Five Minutes in Hell event in October. 


As we now move in to making this strategic plan a reality, it’s important to remember that a core value of this plan is that all the priorities are shared across YNPN-TC; no single priority is “owned” by one committee or group of volunteers. Each of us will be working to find ways to weave all four priorities into our events, our communications, or member engagement and our 


Thank you to our 2014 board and volunteers for helping to shape a new strategic plan that sets YNPN-TC on a path of even greater success. I hope you’ll stay engaged with YNPN-TC and help us put this plan into action.


Figure Your S#!t Out Recap

By Maya Beck

If you’re like me, you’re not entirely sure what you want to be when you grow up.

Maybe you’re not sure if you’re already "grown-up" because something’s still lacking, maybe not sure if you’re taking the right steps towards your image of adulthood, or maybe you want to be something else and plan to never stop growing and moving forward. If any of these situations resonate with you, maybe you need to figure your s#!t out. YNPN-TC has your back. They recently hosted an event to help you do just that.

You can always count on YNPN-TC to introduce you to a neat hangout, whether it’s a brewery, a restaurant, or an organization so impressive that you find yourself returning to volunteer. This event was hosted by Sisyphus Brewery, a cozy new taproom nestled by the 94 and Dunwoody College and named for a Camus quote. And on the brewery stage for the night was The Theater of Public Policy, an improv group that explains difficult concepts through skits determined by audience participation. They were going to help us figure s#!t out. 

The crowd socialized for a couple minutes, drinking and talking to new and familiar faces, and then we sat, hopefully with a mix of both. I was surprised to find I had only a few degrees of separation with the "strangers" at my table!

The Theater of Public Policy — or T2P2 for short — came onstage with piano accompaniment and asked us all to write down bad goals, vague goals, impossible goals, sloppy goals, just to get them out of our system. We contributed our jokes and fears and examples on little slips of paper that they rounded up and acted out. Some people wanted to be the best, some people wanted to make more money or be rich, some people wanted to please others or compete with others in their lives.

T2P2 had us all laughing as they illustrated the ridiculousness of these kinds of dreams. I was personally very happy to see them work my horrible goal into their story, although I’d be ashamed to admit which one it was.

During the intermission, we were asked to write down valid goals, well-defined, important, and possible things we could take clear steps towards. With partners chosen from those at our tables, we exchanged information, explained our goals, listed at least one actionable step, and agreed to help each other reach them. My table also gave each other advice, relating and commiserated with each other, because we were all in similar places.

For example, I will need to begin a job search soon. I’m currently an Americorps volunteer, like many in the room, and have been thinking hard about what I want out of life after Americorps.

Many were searching for jobs, new or better nonprofit positions. Others wanted children but needed to save and plan first. Some wanted to be more mindful, to change their inner thoughts instead of their surroundings. Others wanted to travel, to Croatia or other places. T2P2 managed to pull all these desires together into a series of skits that had us laughing (sometimes at ourselves) while we were thinking. I came to feel that the more intimidating aspects of my goals were perhaps, not that scary.

That makes one goal clarified, one step taken. I left the event with my mind a little less heavy, my future a little more defined. And now I have more tools to develop additional elements of my desired future, as well as a few friends who’ll help me get there.