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:

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


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!


Send us a picture of your community and apply to get into bushCONNECT and the Leadership Conference!

Send us a selfie or photo that represents a community that you’re proud to be a part of with the hashtag #bushCONNECT, and tell us why you should be a part of our select group to attend both the bushCONNECT conference on May 12, and the MCN and YNPN-TC Leadership Conference on June 26 for free!

Then fill out this short application form, and be sure to include the link to your publicly posted photo! The deadline to apply is March 23. Questions? Email us at


A New Look for YNPN-TC is Coming Your Way!

Thanks to volunteer graphic designer Andi Jordt, YNPN-TC will soon be unveiling a new logo and visual brand. Inspired by a “talk bubble” shape -- this new logo and brand attempts to encapsulate the fun, the whip-smartitude and the approachableness of YNPN-TC, and you, our members.

It will take us a few weeks to incorporate the new brand colors, fonts and logo across all of our spaces online -- so stay tuned! In the mean time, here’s a sneak peek of the logo.

Thanks also to Danami Champion, Lindsay Marcil, Aisha Eady, our volunteers and board members for participating in this rebranding process!


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

Our members have been so busy this month that they wouldn't even let a little more snow slow them up. We have a couple of people with some big announcements!

Cary Walski presented on Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Nonprofit Services at NTEN's Annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Andrea Myers is now working full time at Hopewell Music Cooperative North working as a flute instructor and an administrator.

Brian Gioielli is now the Development Director at The BrandLab.

Maggie Baker is now Development Coordinator at Rivers of Recovery.

If you have something to share for April's Scoop, please send it to: