Annual Celebration Awards

Past YNPN Chicago Celebration Award Winners

At YNPN Chicago’s Annual Celebration, we recognize the accomplishments and outstanding achievements of the Chicago nonprofit sector by presenting awards to leaders in the community. This year’s awards will be presented on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in front of 175 attendees as well as featured online with our community of over 6,000 subscribers.

Cast your vote for our finalists today. Voting closes April 27.

About the Awards

One winner will be selected from each of the 4 categories. Categories include:

Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year 

YNPN Chicago’s annual Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago nonprofit sector through exemplary leadership at their organization and/or through volunteer involvement in the Chicago community. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

Top 5 nominees of 2018: Jahmal Cole, Maria Balata, Katherine Dreher Korey, Dan Rosenstein, Latonya Maley 

Supervisor of the Year

A good supervisor is crucial to supporting young nonprofit professionals in navigating career challenges and inspiring and sustaining dedication to the sector. YNPN Chicago’s Supervisor of the Year Award recognizes someone who provides exemplary mentorship to emerging nonprofit leaders in Chicago through active personal and professional development. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

Top 3 nominees of 2018: Monica Cohen, Xochitl Cruz, Kathy Sanabria

Associate Board of the Year

Associate Boards (a.k.a. Junior Boards, Auxiliary Boards) are an essential link between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, broadening support for nonprofit organizations, and developing a leadership pipeline for nonprofit governing boards. YNPN Chicago’s Associate Board of the Year award will recognize an outstanding non-governing board that serves as an asset to the nonprofit community by allowing individuals from across professional sectors to unite in support of a nonprofit organization and the nonprofit community. This award will honor an Associate Board who demonstrates innovation and maximizing collaboration to achieve measurable annual goals.

Top 5 nominees of 2018: Aspire Associate Board, Alzheimer's Association IL Chapter Junior Board, Lawrence Hall Junior Board, Embarc Auxiliary Board, National Museum of Mexican Art Auxiliary Board

Nonprofit of the Year

Chicago is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. The diversity of their missions and programs allows them to address some of society’s greatest needs. They serve as leaders in the community, and, with few resources, work to make the world a better place. This award will honor a nonprofit organization that exemplifies leadership in the sector and provides support for the young professionals it employs.

Top 3 nominees of 2018: Mercy Housing Lakefront, Cradles to Crayons, Thresholds

Nomination Process and Voting

Nomination for all award categories were accepted from general public during the month of March. From this pool, a selection committee made up of YNPN Chicago board members identified finalists. One winner from each category will be chosen based on an online public vote in April.

Nominations are currently closed.

Cast your vote today and remember to grab your ticket to our Annual Celebration event to see the winners!

Award categories:

  • Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award

  • Supervisor of the Year Award

  • Associate Board of the Year Award

  • Nonprofit of the Year Award

Please note: the deadline for voting is April 27 at 11:59 PM.

Congrats to all of the amazing Chicago nonprofits who have been recognized in the past for their amazing mission, associate boards, and staff! Past award winners include:

Alzheimer’s Association

Art Institute of Chicago



Community Memorial Foundation

Chicago High School for the Arts

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Urban League

Illinois Action for Children

Institute on Disability and Human Development at UIC

North Park University, Axelson Center

North Shore University Health System

One Million Degrees

Open Books

Pierce Family Foundation

TEAM Englewood