Trivia Night Meet-Up
Monday, July 14th
Bar Abilene, hosted by Jon Berry

Mission Statement Mixer
Wednesday, July 16th
Fulton Brewery

Emerging Leaders Network lunch: Fundraising 305
Friday, July 18th
12:00-1:00 pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 

Disc (Frisbee) Golf Meet-Up
Wednesday, July 23rd
Minnehaha Park, hosted by Elissa Schaufman

YNPN-TC & YEP-TC Night at the Guthrie
Tuesday, July 29th
7:30pm show, drinks afterwards
$15 = tix to "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike" plus a drink
Please Come 30 minutes before the show
Call Guthrie BO (612-377-2224) and ask for "YNPN" offer

Board Game Night Meet-Up
Thursday, August 14th
Chatterbox Pub, hosted by Elissa Schaufman



* 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: January's News From Our Members

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Lizzie Morris and Phil Morris (no relation) were both recently hired on as Metro Program Coordinators with ServeMinnesota Action Network. They will be joining the Minnesota Reading and Math Corps team. ServeMinnesota Action Network is thrilled to have Lizzie and Phil on board!

Cary Walski will be presenting a Webinar for NTEN on Feb 12 entitled "Networked by Nature" on a YNPN-TC case study of social media success.

Matt Buechner is now a policy fellow for the DC State Board of Education.

Sam Zastrow is now Engagement Manager at Gage.

Tane Danger was selected as a fellow for Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute.

Katie Brokaw is now Talent Acquisition Specialist at Starkey Hearing Technologies.

Rinal Ray is starting as MCN's Public Policy Advocate.

Colleen MacDonald is now Project and Office Coordinator at the Social Enterprise Alliance.


Saying Goodbye in GIFs: An animated send off to retiring YNPN-TC board members - Part 2

The conclusion to our farewell for our six departing board members! It just wouldn't be the YNPN-TC way if we didn't let them know how we feel in GIF form. We asked each departing board member to choose a GIF that represents a fellow board member and describe their choice. Here are your final three! (And don't miss part one.)

Rinal Ray
(by Virginia Brown)

Farewell, Rinal. We'll miss your thoughtfulness, your quiet giggle, your "hey you guys" and so much more. You led the Governance Committee and then the board itself, taking seriously your charge to create a better sector and more opportunities for the young people in it. You worked through consensus and led with a gentle touch. Your style was to listen, absorb, and create space for others to do amazing things. Many times you were in the background, not taking limelight for your own, but those in the know saw your common sense, mindfulness, and tenacity in every win. We know your departure from the board is only that. You will continue to be the tireless advocate and supporter you've always been for YNPN and its members. And upon the conclusion of five years of service - we offer this standing ovation. You deserve it!



Virginia Brown
(by Lucas Havens)

Virginia is that rare breed--a brilliant force of nature who rarely withholds her well-considered opinions, yet who at the same time has a flexibility of thought and deep respect for her peers that help the group move forward. You'd be hard-pressed to leave a meeting with Virginia, whether three minutes or three hours, without feeling better informed and able to make smarter decisions. The board is losing a voice whose smart challenges have put it in a better place than it would be otherwise. More than anything, she clearly loves YNPN as an organization. She'll be difficult to replace.


Virginia making another great argument:

Lucas Havens
(by Rinal Ray)

"Communication requires understanding not agreement." Lucas, thank you for sharing the Havens family motto with YNPN-TC! I’ve held onto that since your early days on the board. You have brought great ENERGY, insights, and congeniality to the YNPN-TC Board and Governance Committee. You embody shared leadership and have been a great strategic voice in our work. Best of all you share your Vines, goofy YouTube faves, and general awesomeness with all of us. You opened your home and contributed generously your time and expertise to YNPN-TC. You’re the best!


The Scoop: December's news from our members

Cat Beltmann is now Owner at So Good Consulting.

Amanda Varley was awarded the Public Service Rising Star Award from Hamline School of Business.

Jamie Millard is now Executive Director at OTA-Pollen.

Iris-Ann Hoover, Amanda Bingham, Madeline Graham, Lindsay Bacher, Carl Atiya Swanson, Brandon Boat, Kat Kempe, and Josh Lambrecht were elected to the YNPN-TC board of directors.

Nicholas Woelfel is now assistant to Paolo Albertelli at C&C Studios.

Molly Darsow is Admissions Representative at Argosy University.

Michael Zuniga was promoted to Database Assistant at ServeMinnesota.

Alison Holland is Digital Curriculum Project Co-Facilitator/Writing Specialist at East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative.


The results are in...

As a member-based organization, feedback from our members on how we’re running YNPN Twin Cities is vital to the success of the organization. Recently, we sent out our annual member survey, and had a record-breaking number of respondents tell us what we’re doing well and what we can do to bring more value to you, our members.

Here are 5 key things you had to say this year:

1. You’ve gotten to know the sector better.

When asked what you have gained from being a member of YNPN-TC, 77% of you said that you have a greater awareness of local nonprofits. Over half of you said that you have made a new professional connection in the sector.

2. The events in 2013 have been a hit.

We asked what event was your favorite for the year, and a wide range of events were mentioned. Some of your top favorites were:

  • 5 Minutes in Hell--11 brave souls took the stage for a five-minute presentation on a topic that relates to the success and failures that we all experience.

  • Networking Recess--back in the spring we took an artful departure from business as usual and played icebreaking games which helped us get to know other YNPN-TC members even better.

  • Breaking the Rules with Integrity presented by Steve Bolke--We learned 3 basic principles which challenged us to examine our understanding of integrity as we strive to be leaders who want to make a difference.

Other events that were frequently mentioned were: the Emerging Leaders Networking brown bag lunches with our partner Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Breakfast of Champions, which provides members an opportunity to connect with local executive directors and meet with other YNPN-TC members in a smaller setting.

We would also like to extend a special thanks to the Guthrie for providing our members discounted tickets to see two fabulous shows this year - these events were also mentioned frequently and fondly.

3. You’re looking for even more ways to gain professional development skills.

Members listed a plethora of areas and ways that they would like to grow professionally in the sector, and we’re excited for the new ideas and feedback on areas that we should continue to focus on and areas to start focusing on. We have a couple of very exciting initiatives in 2014 that offer more opportunities for professional development, so stay tuned for us to announce those. Hint: They are going to be huge!

4. You’d still like to get to know each other better.

Last year, our members said they would like to get to know YNPN-TC members, volunteers, and the board of directors a little better. And while this year members are feeling more welcomed than ever before, many would like us to continue our efforts to make the community more welcoming and engaging. We agree! We will be continuing our radical welcoming efforts into 2014 and beyond.

5. We are Fun, Young, Professional, and Networking.

These four words were used most frequently when we asked our members to describe YNPN-TC.  Some of our other favorites were:  Ambitious, relevant, scrappy, and gif-tastic.

Didn’t get a chance to take the survey? Do you have reflections about the results? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or contact us at


The soundtrack of YNPN-TC

Ever wondered what the soundtrack to YNPN-TC work would be? We asked our 2014 board officers what song they'd choose to describe their hopes and dreams for the coming year, and they did not disappoint. 

Treasurer: Chris Oien 

"Can't Buy Me Love," by The Beatles

Treasurer is a new position for this board. It's really exciting our chapter is at the point where we need to formalize this position and establish financial procedures, but I want to keep in mind that money isn't what got us this far. We'll continue to chase our mission -- not money -- because money can't buy us love. 

National Liaison: Lauren Van Schepen 

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," by Bachman Turner Overdrive

It may sound cheesy to say "our best days are ahead of us," but I honestly believe that with the national conference, leadership institute, rebranding of our chapter, and so many other exciting ways we're changing not just what we do, but how we do our work 2014 will show the Twin Cities and the country just how kickass our chapter is. B-b-b-bring it on! 

Vice Chair: Brian Gioielli 

"Good Time," by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

This year is going to be a good time! We're putting YNPN-TC on the national stage, and bringing on a bright-eyed new slate of board members. 2014 will be a year we'll never forget! 

Chair: Jamie Millard 

"Workin' Woman Blues," by Valerie June

In 2014, "workin' " is a great word to capture the dedication and passion our volunteers will bring to YNPN-TC to make all of our big dreams come true!