Tax Prep 101 for Nonprofit Professionals


You are receiving forms in the mail with strange titles like W-2 and 1099-MISC. The vacant storefronts in your neighborhood have been filled with places like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. This can only mean one thing. It’s time to file your taxes.

Read more

How To Negotiate Your Next Salary


I first negotiated my salary when I was 28 years old. I had a master’s degree, four years of full-time professional experience in the same field, and a history of advocating for additional responsibility and promotions—yet I was still nervous to come to the table.

Read more

5 Tips for Self-Care


When you work in the nonprofit sector, as we do, you’re there because of the mission of the organization. Often, this leads to a job where you wear many hats and take on new responsibilities “as necessary.” Then, to put icing on the cake that is life in the nonprofit sector, you’re probably getting paid (significantly) less than your for-profit counterpart. The next thing you know, you’re on the fast track to burnout.

Read more

New Year, Better Network!


As Co-Chairs of the YNPN Chicago Executive Board, we are extremely proud of the role that our organization has played in the career development of our members. Founded in 2001 to address the persistent and unique challenges of working in the nonprofit sector, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago continues to develop new generations of nonprofit leaders.

Read more

How to Ask Your Employer to Pay for Your Membership


Showcasing the importance of your professional development is essential to your growth as a professional. Initiate a conversation between you and your manager that highlights the reasons your organization should invest in you. Paying for your annual YNPN Chicago membership fee is an easy and affordable way for your employer to contribute to the future of the nonprofit sector.

Read more

What I Learned in 2017


Ah 2017 we hardly knew ye. You brought with you new opportunities, friendships, successes and failures. Whether 2017 restored your faith in humanity or sent you hiding inside the coat closet in a fetal position, you undoubtedly learned something. We decided to crowdsource your new-found knowledge in our December 19, 2017 newsletter and share it with the YNPN Chicago network. 

Read more

Do Arts Organizations Still Need Subscription Models?


Building new, diverse audiences is one of the most important challenges today’s nonprofit arts organizations face. With technology transforming the way audiences consume entertainment, a growing competitive landscape, and psychological barriers to the arts world lingering for decades, it is more difficult than ever for these organizations to find new audiences at the rate in which they need to replace audiences that no longer exist.

Read more

Donor Advised Funds 101


The Chronicle of Philanthropy released  their annual rankings of America’s largest beneficiaries of nonprofit philanthropy, known as the Philanthropy 400. The top recipient of funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 may come as a surprise. United Way? Catholic Charities? Nope. The Fidelity Charitable Giving Fund topped the list at $4.6 billion.

Read more

The Secret to Conflict Resolution


Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement

Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

Read more

How to Be a Constantly Developing Development Professional


Like many of us, I came upon a career in development by happenstance. As a new graduate with fresh eyes on my budding career, May 2008 was a less than stellar time to hit the job market. In order to counteract the declining job market, I spruced up my resume to cast a wider net - I knew hiring trends were telling me to look beyond traditional routes.

Read more