Breakfast of Champions with Damon Runnals
Friday, August 22nd
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis


The Care and Feeding of Your Professional Image
Saturday, August 23rd
Dunn Brothers Coffee Lab, St. Paul


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



* 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


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.


It's Time to Break Out The Benies

2...4...15...20. Member benefits? You got plenty!
Dearest member -- how much do we think you’re awesome? Let us count the ways...

Two is the number of free scholarship tickets we’ll be offering to each of MAP for Nonprofits' "High Impact Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence" trainings for the rest of the year.

Four is the number of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits conferences and major events that we'll be able to offer 7 scholarship registrations for at a significant discount. (Details about the Technology and Communications Conference coming out soon!)

Fifteen dollars is the price of the new special YNPN-TC annual individual membership rate for Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. This membership, which normally costs $100, will allow you to enjoy the benefits of individual members, including discounts on many MCN programs. 

Twenty-percent off across the board! That’s the discount that you will now get as a YNPN-TC member to all paid MAP for Nonprofits trainings including those on board governance, leadership, social media, technology and more.

And we’re not done counting yet! Stay tuned as we send out details about these new opportunities, including how to access the MAP for Nonprofits discount code, apply for scholarships to both MAP and MCN events, and sign up for MCN membership with our discount. In the mean time, if you’ve been sitting on the fence about membership, now's a pretty good time to sign up!

Thanks so much to our new partners MAP for Nonprofits and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for supporting all of us and making these opportunities possible. Thanks also to the Databank for creating and supporting the database that makes our daily operations possible! You can learn more about our YNPN-TC partners here.