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

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 01:30 PM · 19 rsvps
    Cradles to Crayons in Chicago , IL

    Volunteer with YNPN and Cradles to Crayons

    Come volunteer and network with a great group of young nonprofit professionals at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory, where we will roll up our sleeves and help provide local children with the basic essentials they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. Your volunteer shift will begin with an orientation led by a Cradles to Crayons staff member and wrap-up with opportunities to network your fellow YNPN Chicago volunteers and learn more about the children you impacted during your shift.

    What To Wear/Bring
    The Giving Factory is a warehouse environment. Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and layered clothing they do not mind getting dirty. Volunteers work in stations to inspect, sort and package donations alongside other individuals and groups.

    We also encourage you to donate new or gently-used items- including children's clothing, books, and toys - and bring them to your volunteer shift. Find more information on what to donate here.

    The Giving Factory is located at 4141 W. George St. Chicago, IL 60641. For driving and public transit directions, please click here for a Google Map. There are 33 parking spaces in front of our building that are first come, first serve. Note that the parking lot is sectioned off from a large shipping and receiving complex. Please do not drive beyond the concrete barricades separating our lot from the rest of the complex.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 33 rsvps
    Joy District (2nd Floor) in Chicago, IL

    Summer Speed Networking

    Speed Networking Happy Hour

    Want to meet other like-minded professionals and make strong connections? Are you itching to network but shy away from big happy hours? Need to practice your "pitch" or self introduction? Unsure how to approach a new person or what to say? Then YNPN Chicago’s Speed Networking is for you!

    Speed networking is the business version of speed dating. The event is structured and fast-paced, allowing participants to interact with countless professionals and expand their networks in mere minutes. Crafted to maximize connections in a short amount of time, be sure to have lots of business cards on hand!

    For some, even 2-3 minutes feels too long when you don't know what to say, so YNPN Chicago will provide suggested topics for you to discuss with other event goers. Once the speed networking portion of the program is complete, there will be a designated time for open networking so you can continue conversations from earlier in the evening but also meet new participants.

    This event will be held at Joy District in River North. Our group will be in a private area on the 2nd floor. Exclusive event drink specials include: select $5 beer and $8 glasses of wine (prosecco or rosé) from 6-8pm.

    Since the event is structured to maximize your time and potential connections, please arrive on time; we will begin the first round of networking promptly at 6:10pm.

    By registering for this event you certify that you are over 21 years of age and able to provide a valid form of identification at the event.

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Whole Foods in Chicago, IL

    Meet the YNPN Chicago Executive Board

    Meet the Board 2018


    Want to get more involved in YNPN Chicago? Curious about board service or YNPN in general?

    Join us for an informal meet-up at Whole Foods Lincoln Park to hear more about YNPN Chicago board involvement. A few members of YNPN Chicago’s current Executive Board will be holding “office hours” to answer your questions and share their experiences serving on the leadership team.

    Coffee, wine, beer, and food are all available for purchase. Grab something and meet us in the large seating area on the second floor for a casual conversation on nonprofit board service. Come for 15 minutes or stay for an hour, just drop by and get some insights into board service!

    See you there!

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 09:00 AM · 16 rsvps
    MAKE Offices in Chicago, IL

    Crash Course Introduction to Raiser's Edge

    Raiser's Edge Crash Course

    This program is designed for individuals who:

    • Have little or zero Raiser’s Edge experience
    • Are job-seekers, especially those looking to get into development roles
    • Need a refresher course
    • Lack sufficient training from their current employer

    This is a YNPN Chicago members-only event with very limited tickets. Secure your spot today! Not a member? Learn more about becoming a YNPN Chicago member here.

    Raiser’s Edge (Blackbaud* platform) is one of the most widely used donor databases for relationship management and fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

    Without formal experience or training in Raiser’s Edge, YNPN Chicago members reported feeling less prepared for their roles and less competitive in the job market. Professional training can be incredibly costly, upwards of $300 per day, making it inaccessible to many of our members and nonprofit colleagues. YNPN Chicago has heard your plea!

    YNPN Chicago is thrilled to announce our first-ever, one-day Raiser’s Edge Workshop! This program, costing only $30, will provide beginners and job-seekers with a full-day overview of Raiser’s Edge via a live stream webinar. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion, certified by Nonprofit Software Specialists.

    This program will be presented virtually by Felicia Terry, founder of Nonprofit Software Specialists.

    Workshop topics will include:

    • Raiser’s Edge Basics
    • Entering Constituent Information
    • Viewing Gift Record Screens
    • Queries
    • Reports
    • How to add this Raiser’s Edge experience/certificate to your resume
    • How to interview for a position that requires Raiser’s Edge experience

    All participants will receive:

    • Participant handouts/slides
    • Certificate of completion (issued by Nonprofit Software Specialists)**
    • Participant access to the copy of the Zoom workshop recording

    Room Set-Up:

    Attendees will enter through the MAKE Offices entrance on the 14th floor. There will be two large screens, tables, and chairs. To create a shared learning environment, encourage questions, and facilitate networking, all participants will be seated together in one meeting room YNPN Chicago board members will be present to help facilitate.

    Program Format:

    The content will be delivered in the form of a private, live Zoom webinar facilitated by Felicia Terry, founder of Nonprofit Software Specialists. Attendees will be able to ask the instructor a select number of questions during the session, similar to the style of a typical in-person session. Nonprofit Software Specialists discourages students from the use of their personal laptops during workshop to prevent from distraction from the training up on the screen. However, if you are more comfortable bringing your personal laptop for any reason, you are welcome to do so. There will be WiFi available.

    All participants will receive handouts of the slides and tips-and-tricks with ample space for note taking.

    Please Note:

    *This workshop is in no way affiliated with, sponsored, or endorsed by Blackbaud, Inc. Blackbaud, Inc. does not provide training materials or any form of certification to outside consultants. The content of the training services offered by Nonprofit Software Specialists have not been provided or otherwise approved by Blackbaud, Inc.. Blackbaud®, The Raiser’s Edge®, and RAISER’S EDGE® are registered trademarks owned by Blackbaud, Inc.

    **You must be present for the entirety of the training to receive a certificate of completion from Nonprofit Software Specialists.


    Felicia Terry

    Felicia Terry - Founder, Principal Specialist at Nonprofit Software Specialists

    Felicia is a lover of databases and a self-proclaimed “database geek.”  Her favorite quote is "I love it when a plan comes together" from Hannibal of the A-Team.  With 20+ years of Raiser’s Edge experience, she has trained a diverse range of nonprofit individuals (e.g. front-line staff, Executive Directors, etc.) with various Raiser’s Edge levels (e.g. no experience, basic users, intermediate users, advanced users). Felicia loves to develop plans for nonprofits to use their CRMs/donor management software more effectively. She is known for her creative energy and support of organizations, large and small. Her clients value her experience in the nonprofit development world, relish her passion, and enjoy the sense of humor she brings to each project. Felicia has been a Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) since 2011.

    Event Hosted By

    MAKE Offices, who is generously donating the space for this course.

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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Open Board Meeting

    Each year, YNPN Chicago opens one monthly Executive Board meeting to the full membership and community. In the spirit of transparency, we want you to know how we operate and the strategies behind our decision making. This is a great opportunity to find out what being on a working board is like and to see if it’s right for you. We hope attending the meeting will encourage interested and talented individuals to apply to join the board!

    Check out our Join the Board page for information on what we’ll be looking for, and learn more about current Board members here.

    Program Format: You’re invited to observe as board members conduct routine business and share updates. After the meeting, we’ll provide time for you to chat informally with current board members. Feel free to bring food/drink with you. Light snacks will be provided as well.

    Note: It is important to register to attend this event, as space will be limited. Due to building security considerations, there will not be a waitlist for this event. All attendees should be prepared to show a picture ID upon entering the building.

    Getting There: Forefront is in the Loop’s financial district (at the southwest corner of LaSalle and Adams). Forefront is near the Quincy Stop of the CTA Brown, Purple, and Orange Lines and is two blocks west of the Jackson stop on the CTA Blue Line. Parking is available in a variety of nearby parking garages. Street parking is very limited. Forefront facilities are accessible.