Programs & Events

In addition to building your skills and gaining knowledge, events and programs are an opportunity to broaden and deepen your network by making new connections in the community. To learn more about YNPN Chicago programs, click here.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 07:45 AM · $5.00 USD
    Argo Tea in Chicago, IL

    Morning Huddle - 02/22/2018

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    Are you the only one in the office or maybe only work with a few other people? Do you work from home? We have a rich nonprofit community in Chicago and YNPN Chicago wants to make sure that everyone feels like their part of it. This event is open to YNPN Chicago Members and to the public. Morning Huddle offers an opportunity to talk with other young nonprofit professionals in a casual, small group setting. Capacity is limited to 15 for this program, so snag your spot today.

    Tickets include one small tea or coffee. To redeem your beverage, please check-in upstairs with YNPN Chicago volunteers before before stopping at the cafe counter.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Grant Management and Foundation Relations - 02/28/2018

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    As anyone who’s ever worked as a grant writer knows, the job involves more than just writing. Presenters Tracy Woodley (OneGoal) and Cara Clifford (Ounce of Prevention Fund) will share their experiences working on and beyond grant proposals, cultivating and stewarding relationships with funders and working across teams to build cultures of philanthropy at their organizations.

    Workshop participants will walk away with tips and tricks on how to craft proposals and reports that demonstrate impact; work effectively with staff at their organizations to write grants and track progress; and move relationships with foundation staff seamlessly through the grant cycle. This workshop is for early-career grant writers, as well as professionals in other areas of the nonprofit sector who are interested in learning more about grant writing and fundraising.

    Participants will:

    • Learn tips and advice for how to write a compelling proposal that demonstrates impact
    • Hear real world examples from the facilitators about how they’ve engaged and stewarded program staff at foundations
    • Discuss how to build a culture of philanthropy at their organizations by increasing trust and buy-in from their colleagues
    • Have time to network with grant writers from other Chicago-area nonprofits

     

    Cara Clifford

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    Cara is a Senior Development Associate in Foundation Relations at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. In her role, Cara manages a portfolio of grants to support the Ounce’s work in early learning programs, policy and family engagement. Cara is also responsible for coordinating corporate sponsorships for the Ounce’s Annual Luncheon. Cara is a proud board member of YNPN Chicago and the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. She received her Bachelor’s in Classical Studies and Master’s in Teaching, both from the University of Chicago.


  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 at 05:30 PM · $5.00 USD
    Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

    Coffee with Nine Strangers - 03/06/2018

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    YNPN Chicago’s signature program, Coffee with Nine Strangers, gives young professionals who are currently part of, or are interested in, the nonprofit sector an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and engage in small-group discussions around professional topics. Coffee with Nine Strangers is a great way to meet new people, discover a new space, and keep your networking skills fresh.

    This core of this event is a 45-minute small-group conversation on issues relevant to work in the nonprofit sector. Discussion groups are facilitated by YNPN Chicago members and are shaped by participant experiences, concerns, and questions.

    You will have time to network with the full group before and after the conversation group. This is one of YNPN Chicago’s most popular programs, so secure your spot by registering today.

  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 at 06:00 PM · $10.00 USD

    How to Work the Room - 03/08/2018

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    Looking to sharpen your networking or conversation skills? Unsure of how to grow your professional connections? Bad at small talk? Networking is an essential part of developing your professional network and maintaining relationships. The event will begin with a brief panel from our speakers, topical breakout sessions, and, of course, some networking (so bring your cards).

    Our speakers will offer insights into successful networking practices and help you get the most out of your interactions by gaining the tools and confidence to approach, speak, and engage with strangers. Learn practical steps that you can take before, during, and after any networking event to build a strong professional network. Afterall, your time is just as valuable as strong, professional connections, so join us to learn how to get the most out of a networking event, because news flash: networking never ends.

    This program is designed for anyone looking to gain confidence and strengthen their networking skills, including job-seekers or job-changers, introverts or extroverts, students, and even seasoned professionals needing a refresher.

    Our Panelists

    Nicole Schutz is currently the Senior Area Sales Manager for the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Thompson Chicago, and the Talbott Hotel. She has been with the company for nearly five years and previously worked as the Business Travel Sales Manager with one of the Joie de Vivre brands, Hotel Lincoln, and the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro. Nicole began her sales career in Operations with La Quinta Inn & Suites in Southwest Florida. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a unique property with a 125-year history founded in 1893 as an exclusive men’s athletic club on Michigan Avenue. Nicole joined the opening team just at the tail end of the three year restoration. Her passion in this industry is traveling to meet with clients and developing relationships across the country with a wide range of businesses. She has been living in Chicago for seven years and loves her neighborhood, Logan Square, and spending time with her dog, Lola.

    Rachelle Bennett currently works as an Associate Director for the Indiana University (IU) Foundation, Regional Development Team. She is based in Chicago and meets with Hoosier alumni and friends across Chicago, Northwest Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Rachelle previously served as a consultant with CCS Fundraising where she worked with various organizations conducting feasibility studies and managing capital campaigns. Prior to that she worked as the Program Specialist for IU Office of Overseas Study assisting students in selecting and participating on study, work, and volunteer abroad programs. Rachelle earned her BA in International Studies and Nonprofit Management from IU Bloomington, and her Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IU Bloomington. Rachelle enjoys traveling and considers herself a true Midwest girl. She also enjoys skating with the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team.

    Corey Richardson is the Director of Placement & Alumni Relations of the Golden Apple Foundation, which aims to honor, develop, and train teachers in Illinois. His role focuses on developing the career services and alumni engagement for the entire program which has impacted nearly 3,000 teachers throughout the state. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the regional admission counselor for Western Illinois University. He holds a bachelor degree in Psychology a MA in Leadership Studies in Higher Education as well. In his free time, he serves on One Million Degrees’ associate board and is a national member of American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.

     

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    STATE in Chicago, IL

    Nonprofit Happy Hour - 03/29/2018

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    Want to connect with other people in the nonprofit sector? Then this is the happy hour for you! Whether you're job-seeking, looking to trade ideas and best practices, or simply meet people who live that non-profit life, this event provides a fun and relaxed opportunity to do just that. Make sure to bring your business cards -- you never know who you might meet!

    STATE is conveniently located between the Armitage and Fullerton Red/Brown Line stops. At this event, you have will the option to purchase $5 you-call-it cocktails which include mid-level and house liquors and a selection of craft and domestic beers. Appetizer specials will also be available.

    This event is 21 and older. Don't forget your ID!

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 07:45 AM · $5.00 USD
    Argo Tea in Chicago, IL

    Morning Huddle - 04/10/2018

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    Are you the only one in the office or maybe only work with a few other people? Do you work from home? We have a rich nonprofit community in Chicago and YNPN Chicago wants to make sure that everyone feels like their part of it. This event is open to YNPN Chicago Members and to the public. Morning Huddle offers an opportunity to talk with other young nonprofit professionals in a casual, small group setting. Capacity is limited to 15 for this program, so snag your spot today.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 05:30 PM · $5.00 USD
    Open Books in Chicago, IL

    Coffee with Nine Strangers - 04/19/2018

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    YNPN Chicago’s signature program, Coffee with Nine Strangers, gives young professionals who are currently part of, or are interested in, the nonprofit sector an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and engage in small-group discussions around professional topics. Coffee with Nine Strangers is a great way to meet new people, discover a new space, and keep your networking skills fresh.

    This core of this event is a 45-minute small-group conversation on issues relevant to work in the nonprofit sector. Discussion groups are facilitated by YNPN Chicago members and are shaped by participant experiences, concerns, and questions.

    You will have time to network with the full group before and after the conversation group. This is one of YNPN Chicago’s most popular programs, so secure your spot by registering today.

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 05:30 PM · $5.00 USD
    Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

    Coffee with Nine Strangers - 06/05/2018

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    YNPN Chicago’s signature program, Coffee with Nine Strangers, gives young professionals who are currently part of, or are interested in, the nonprofit sector an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and engage in small-group discussions around professional topics. Coffee with Nine Strangers is a great way to meet new people, discover a new space, and keep your networking skills fresh.

    This core of this event is a 45-minute small-group conversation on issues relevant to work in the nonprofit sector. Discussion groups are facilitated by YNPN Chicago members and are shaped by participant experiences, concerns, and questions.

    You will have time to network with the full group before and after the conversation group. This is one of YNPN Chicago’s most popular programs, so secure your spot by registering today.