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

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 19 rsvps
    CCS in Chicago, IL

    Making the Most of Annual Giving

    An effective annual appeal is a cornerstone of a strong fundraising program. Learn how to take your annual appeal beyond a year-end mailing and strengthen your annual giving activities.

    We will discuss request and marketing materials, donor communication and follow-up, donor segmentation and targeted requests, volunteer engagement, and thanking your donors.

    This course is best suited for individuals with at least a basic understanding of nonprofit fundraising.

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

    Coffee with Nine Strangers - 06/05/2018


    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 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 2 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.

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 09:00 AM · 3 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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