Social Enterprise: Giving Purpose to Profit
Friday, September 19th
12 - 1pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


Scattershot Cafe: Peer Circle Edition
Saturday, September 27th
10 am
Various Minneapolis & St. Paul locations



* 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!

YNPN-TC is always looking for a few good men and women to pitch in. If you're looking to get more involved, get some sweet skills, or even just get to know some cool people consider one of the following volunteer opportunities. Think you've got what it takes? Go to and fill out our volunteer interest form!

Programming Committee Member

Join the group of geniuses who plan YNPN's programs, ranging from intimate executive director breakfasts to big networking events to fun, social member meet-ups! Hone your organizing skills, meet new friends, and make your professional development ideas into reality!

Character/s who would be best in this position: The Avengers
Like the Avengers, Programming Committee members combine their diverse strengths to come to the rescue of young nonprofit professionals with fun and engaging programs.

Facebook Community Specialist

  • Post daily during the week about upcoming events, new blog posts, relevant articles for YNPs, etc.
  • Respond to Facebook messages
  • Encourage members to be engaged on the page

Character who would be best in this position: Woody (Toy Story)
Always up to date with what's going on, approachable, friendly, good at keeping community together and thriving.

Twitter Community Specialist

  • Tweet/schedule tweets for 3-5 times a day throughout the week about relevant articles for YNPs, upcoming YNPN- TC and related events, new YNPN-TC blog posts, etc.
  • Retweet posts from other organizations and members about @ynpntc and related YNP information.
  • Respond to tweets for @ynpntc
  • Engage with members, encourage members to participate in conversation with YNPN-TC

Character who would be best in this position: Anna (Frozen).
Personable, super outgoing, not afraid to be herself (true to her own voice).

LinkedIn Community Specialist

  • Every two to three weeks, send an update to LinkedIn members about upcoming events and opportunities from YNPN-TC
  • Watch and engage members in posting in the LinkedIn community
  • Post relevant articles for YNPs

Character who would be best in this role: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Down to business but fun, not afraid to try new things, friendly and always willing to answer questions and help others.

Instagram Community Specialist

  • Post pictures from recent events/news
  • Watch for mentions of @ynpntc and repost

Character who would be best in this role: Peter Parker (Spider-man)
Photographer by day, superhero by night. The superhero part is optional for this position.


High Resolutions Recap

YNPN-TC members kicked off the new year by examining their priorities and setting goals. Diane Tran, of Minnesota Rising, led the workshop where members were pre-matched with a small group of theirs peers, helping to support each other beyond the event to make their goals a reality. See what they came up with:


The Scoop: February's News From Our Members

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Helen Paille started an attorney position at Civil Society in St. Paul where she will be representing victims of trafficking in their civil cases.

Nick Cross passed his Licensed Graduate Social Work (LGSW) exam, becoming a licensed social worker in Minnesota.

Michael Brink started his new job as the Special Gifts Manager at Fraser.

Anthony Parrish joined the APRA-MN (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement) Programming Committee.

Nicki Patnaude was hired as an Educational Support Advocate with Lutheran Social Service of MN.

Thom Walker is now Creative Lead at EPIC - Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives


How to Make Your 2014 Professional Resolutions a Reality

YNPN Twin Cities has spent 2013 gearing up for 2014 to be THE year of the young nonprofit professionals in the Twin Cities. Now we're popping the cork and slinging the confetti for the rollout of two mega new opportunities for you, our members. Before your resolutions to-do list gets too long (or you ditch the ones that seemed like a good idea before the year really got underway), take advantage of two incredible opportunities to make the most of yourself professionally in 2014!

1) Participate in the first ever YNPN Twin Cities - Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy MN Leadership Institute: For the first time in our community and nationally, emerging foundation and nonprofit professionals have teamed up to design a cohort leadership experience created by emerging professionals for emerging professionals. For 10 months (April 2014 - January 2015), up to 24 individuals will have the opportunity to build a strong circle of peers, a network that will advance their careers and our community. We're accepting nominations and applications now through January 31st with interviews to follow in February, so apply today!

2) Present at the 2014 Leaders Conference, being held in conjunction with the National YNPN Conference: This year's Nonprofit Leaders Conference will be unlike any you've been to before! We're inviting YNPs from across the country to converge on Minneapolis-St. Paul this year for the annual gathering of YNPN leaders from chapters across the country. These chapter leaders and YOU are highly encouraged to present at this year's Nonprofit Leaders Conference, focused on Exploring Diverse Voices. There's really no better way to improve your public speaking and share your unique perspective. Apply by February 7th, here:

Struggling to come up with an idea or seeking to summon the courage? Attend this month’s Emerging Networks Leader Lunch: Pitch Perfect: Conference Proposal Writing Workshop.  This takes place at noon on the third Friday of the month (January 17th) at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

As you can see, in 2014, YNPN Twin Cities is taking its programming where it's never gone before. Join us and make 2014 an exceptional year for you professionally. 


Introducing: YNPN's Newest Board Members!

For a twist on our introduction of new board members, we decided to make some ill-advised edits to our professional bios by turning to the ever classic and amusing Mad Libs. New board members supplied the verbs, nouns, place names (and more!) to introduce one another. Check out the results...

Amanda Bingham received her first taste of time travel during college at a jetpack, a public radio station, where she broke down coups ranging from documentary and genie to being the student news director and a net.

A cheese from Iowa, Brandon Boat moved to Minnesota to obtain a wig from inside a space ship…He later admired Danger Boat Productions which frolics many projects, including The Theater of Public Policy.

Carl Atiya Swanson is a squash and omnivorously interested in Seattle. He is currently the Shark Tamer at Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development nonprofit that shakes* vibrant communities by connecting artists with the resources they need to make a living and a life. (*like salt shakers.)

Iris Hoover is the Time Ninja for the Graduate School of Education at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. She prognosticates the off-campus and online Master’s degree programs for the School of Education.

Lindsay Bacher manages the atlatl as Corporate Relations Coordinator at the Science Museum of Minnesota….Lindsay will try any T-rex or flask once, and enjoys running around lakes with Sam, her rutabega.

Kat Kempe leads community-based advocacy efforts and walrus as the Curator of Dust Bunnies at Think Small...In her free time, Kat enjoys slinky and being part of her community palm tree.

Madeline Graham, is Professional Baseball Umpire at Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA)...Outside of work she's probably busy with a cupboard, trying to maintain her spatula, watching a porpoise, and hanging out with her cat.

Josh Lambrecht absconds with pineapple and builds lupins as the Host with the Most with ServeMinnesota Action Network, the fiscal host for the Minnesota Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, and Minnesota Opportunity Corps AmeriCorps programs.

Confused? So are we. Check out board members actual professional bios here.