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, April 24, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Book Discussion: Winners Take All

    Program Details

    Join YNPN Chicago for a book discussion of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. We will discuss his critique of philanthropy, how it affects the nonprofit sector, and how we can continue to seek justice and equity in our work. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. 


    Charitable giving in the United States surpassed the $400 billion dollar mark in 2017. Amir Pasic, the Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy said "This tells us that some of our most fortunate citizens are using their wealth to make some significant contributions to the common good."

    At the same time, the wealthiest 1 percent owns 40 percent of our country’s wealth. Life expectancy in the United States has declined for the third straight year.

    In Winners Take All, Anand Giridharadas argues the wealthy and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. Elites preach “win-win” opportunities and market ideologies, and perpetuate systems that birthed the issues they purport to be solving.

    Through the creation of private foundations and “thought leadership”, he argues that plutocrats and corporations make philanthropic donations in exchange for some good PR and image laundering. “It’s this idea that you can support a health initiative in Nigeria or the Niger Delta to reduce disease or diarrhea or whatever, and you can also make an investment in a company that is a polluter in the Niger Delta.”, said Giridharadas in a recent interview.

    Book Links

    Chicago Public Library


    Penguin Random House

    Other resources

    Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? A Critique Of Well-Meaning 'Winners' (NPR)

    Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective Impact (Nonprofit Quarterly)

    The coming of hope: A vision for philanthropy in the new year (Ford Foundation)

    Win/Win: Why Billionaire Philanthropists are Bad at School Reform (Have You Heard Podcasts)

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    CCS Fundraising in Chicago, IL

    Fundraising Campaign Principles with CCS

    Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a fundraising campaign? Join philanthropy experts from CCS Fundraising to learn the key elements of a successful campaign and apply your new knowledge to real client cases.

    Program Details

    Over 72 years, CCS has honed their skills and expertise in planning, strategizing, and launching successful initiatives around the world. During this session, CCS Fundraising experts will share the key elements that go into preparing for every campaign effort. The workshop will take an opportunity to apply this newly-shared knowledge and critical thinking skills to an actual client case through an interactive breakout session. The goal of this program is for you to leave with a greater understanding of the overall philanthropic landscape, the foundation of what makes a great campaign, and inspiration for real-world application at the nonprofit you work at or volunteer with.

    About CCS

    CCS is a strategic fundraising firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change. They plan, manage, and implement programs that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact. Since 1947, CCS has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations to advance some of the most important causes in history. 

    Ticket Details

    Member Pricing

    $10 Member Ticket

    Please note, to purchase a ticket at the member price, you must be logged in and have a current paid membership on file. Limit 1 member ticket per member. Guest tickets should be purchased at the public ticket price. Contact if you have any questions. 

    Public Ticket Pricing

    $12 Public Ticket

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    La Casa Norte in Chicago, IL

    On The Table with La Casa Norte

    Join YNPN Chicago and La Casa Norte for Chicago Community Trust's citywide On The Table initiative. We will have an evening of civic discourse over dinner with fellow nonprofit professionals, volunteers, board members, and allies.

    The discussion centers around the most pressing issues facing the nonprofit sector in Chicago. We will produce a memo to Mayor Lightfoot with recommendations for ways for her to be an advocate for the nonprofit community in Chicago,

    We will be providing refreshments and appetizers. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please email

    Our Host

    La Casa Norte serves youth and families confronting homelessness by offering housing and supportive services to increase the stability and self-sufficiency of their clients.

    The mission of La Casa Norte is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. They provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

    What is On the Table?

    On Tuesday May 14, thousands of Chicago-area residents will gather in small groups across the city to share a meal and discuss the challenges and opportunities we face. In its sixth year, the annual region-wide initiative from the Chicago Community Trust is designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region.

    Ticket Details

    This is a free event, but please RSVP to reserve your spot. 

    Transit Information

    Public Transportation

    #72 Bus St. Louis stop east bound, Drake stop westbound

    Street Parking

    Drake Avenue & St. Louis Avenue both have free parking available. There is also pay to park right in front of the building.

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL

    YNPN Chicago's Annual Celebration

    Mark your calendars for May 22 to help YNPN Chicago celebrate the outstanding work of of the nonprofit sector. Leading up to the event, YNPN Chicago’s nonprofit awards recognize young professionals and nonprofits that have made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago nonprofit sector through exemplary leadership in the Chicago community. Event tickets include beer, wine, and soft drinks (mixed drinks available for purchase), plus catered food, mixing and mingling, and the awards ceremony!

    Keynote Speaker: Kim Hunt

    Kim HuntWe are excited to welcome Kim Hunt as the 2019 YNPN Chicago Celebration Keynote Speaker. Ms. Hunt has a 30-year career spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus on advocacy, nonprofit management, and training. She is currently the executive director of Pride Action Tank (PAT), a social justice lab devoted to improving outcomes for LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy, and action. PAT, which launched in the fall of 2015, is a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where Hunt also serves as an advocacy advisor. She is the former executive director of Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ people and queer youth. Prior to becoming an advocate for LGBTQ rights, she co-founded a management consulting firm that worked with communities throughout the Midwest to create and implement community development plans and increase the capacity of neighborhood institutions and groups. The first 15 years of her career were in urban planning where she focused on public transportation. In her spare time, she is a co-host of a monthly LGBTQ storytelling event, the political columnist for FOP Magazine, a member of various boards and advisory councils, and occasionally an instructor for courses and workshops. In 2016, Ms. Hunt was inducted in the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. She is currently serving as a mentor for YNPN Chicago's Leadership Institute


    At YNPN Chicago's Annual Celebration, awards are presented to finalists in four different categories, including Nonprofit of the Year, Associate Board of the Year, Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year. 

    Ticket Details

    All attendees must be 21 years or older. 

    Member Pricing

    $25 Early Access Member Tickets, until March 31
    $30 Member Ticket, April 1-May 21

    Member tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 on May 22.

    Please note, to purchase a ticket at the member price, you must be logged in and have a current paid membership on file. Limit 1 member ticket per member. Guest tickets should be purchased at the public ticket price. Contact if you have any questions. 

    Public Pricing

    $35 Early Bird Public Ticket, April 1- May 8
    $40 Public Ticket, May 9-May 21

    Public tickets can be purchased at the door for $45 on May 22.