Membership FAQs

Q: Why should I join YNPN Chicago?
A: When you invest in a YNPN Chicago membership, you are showing your commitment to your own professional growth and helping to build a stronger network of nonprofit leaders. View the full list of member benefits.


Q: Who can join YNPN Chicago?
A: YNPN Chicago membership is open to anyone, including but not limited to individuals who are

  • Working, volunteering, or serving on a board in the Chicago nonprofit community
  • Interested in supporting the nonprofit sector and its emerging leaders
  • Considering a nonprofit career (including job-seekers, students, and sector-switchers)


Q: How much does it cost to join YNPN Chicago?
A: The cost of YNPN Chicago membership is $25 per year. That’s less than a cup of coffee per month!


Q: Can my employer pay my membership dues?
A: We encourage it, and if you're not sure how to drive that conversation, we have a convenient blog post linked here on how to make the ask.


Q: What are the benefits of YNPN Chicago membership?
A: View the full list of member benefits on our website here.

Q: When can I start to use my member benefits?
A: You can start taking advantage of your YNPN Chicago member benefits immediately after completing the signup form and submitting payment.

Q: How long is a YNPN Chicago membership valid?
A: YNPN Chicago membership operates on a rolling basis, meaning there is no defined membership year. All YNPN Chicago memberships are valid for one year from the day of sign-up.

Q: When will I receive my renewal notice?
A: You will receive an automated renewal notice 7 days prior to the end of your year-long membership.

Q: How do I update my YNPN Chicago membership profile?
A: To update your membership profile, log in here and click on your name in the upper right-hand corner. Update your public and private settings and be sure to click the “save” button at the bottom of each section.

Q: How do I log in to my YNPN Chicago membership profile?
A: To log in to your YNPN Chicago membership profile, click here and enter your username and password.


Q: Will only paid members will be able to attend events and receive resources?
A: No! YNPN Chicago is committed to providing accessible resources and opportunities for growth for all nonprofit professionals and supporters in the Chicago-area. You can view our mission and vision here.

Most events and programs are open to the public, as well as the popular weekly newsletter. Members benefit the most through discounts, member-only perks, and select events.

Q: Where does the money from my membership fee go?
A: YNPN Chicago is an all volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization. Through paid membership, YNPN Chicago aims to provide enhanced resources for members and an improved experience for everyone in order to build a stronger network of nonprofit leaders.

Q: Can I put YNPN Chicago membership on my LinkedIn or resume?
A: Absolutely, we encourage you to add your participation with YNPN Chicago on both your resume and LinkedIn. Be sure to join the YNPN Chicago LinkedIn group here.