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

  • Thursday, May 03, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    WeWork Kinzie in Chicago, IL

    YNPN Chicago's Annual Celebration

    Mark your calendars for May 3rd and help YNPN Chicago celebrate our nonprofit young professionals. Expect a fantastic night including hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, exciting raffle prizes, and recognition of leaders in the Chicago Nonprofit community. Join us for a night celebrating connections, collaboration, and strength in numbers!

    Want to get the celebration started earlier? Purchase a VIP ticket for just $5 more to gain early access at 5:30pm (hors d’oeuvres service begins at 6pm).

    WeWork Kinzie has generously donated space for YNPN Chicago’s 2018 Celebration event. All registrants of this event will receive an introductory email from our host with an option to unsubscribe.

    2018 Celebration Awards

    At Celebration, we honor the outstanding achievements in the Chicago nonprofit sector through an awards ceremony which highlights four categories: Nonprofit Professional of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Associate Board of the Year. Nominations are open to all nonprofits who have offices in Chicago, regardless of size or headquarter locations.

    The deadline for nominations has passed. Vote on the finalists hereVoting closes April 27 at 11:59pm CST.

    • Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award
    • Supervisor of the Year Award
    • Nonprofit of the Year Award
    • Associate Board of the Year Award

    Ticket Details

    All attendees must be 21 years or older. 

    Member Pricing

    $30 Member Ticket

    Add $5 to your ticket for the VIP early access upgrade!

    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

    $35 Public Ticket, through May 2 
    $40 Day of Ticket, May 3

    Add $5 to your ticket for the VIP early access upgrade!

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 07:45 AM
    Argo Tea in Chicago, IL

    Morning Huddle: On The Table

    Join us for a morning pick-me-up, good conversation, and some up-close-and personal networking!

    Date: Tuesday, May 8

    Time: 7:45AM to 9:00AM

    Location: Argo Tea, 16 W Randolph

    Price: Free!

    As part of the Chicago Community Trust’s 2018 On the Table initiative, we invite you to take part in a conversation about the Chicago nonprofit community and its emerging leaders. Join us at this special edition of YNPN Chicago’s Morning Huddle! This event offers the opportunity to talk with other nonprofit professionals in a casual, small group setting.

    Our driving questions will be:

    • What can we do to create a stronger community of engaged nonprofit professionals in Chicago?
    • How can emerging leaders drive change, individually and collectively?
    • How can we identify and address challenges facing the nonprofit sector in Chicago?

    What is On the Table?

    On Tuesday May 8, 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 fifth year, 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.

    What is a Morning Huddle?

    These small group events are an opportunity to jump start your morning with connections and conversation. Morning Huddles are great for nonprofit professionals who work from home or have difficulty attending networking events after work.

    Event Details

    Drop by Argo Tea (Randolph/State) Tuesday, May 8 between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. This event is free to attend and includes a drink and pastry on us. Capacity is limited for this program, so snag your spot today!

    The conversation takes place upstairs on the second floor. Registration includes one small tea or coffee. To redeem your beverage, please check in upstairs with YNPN Chicago volunteers before before stopping at the cafe counter. Remember your business cards!

    Learn more about On the Table at, and follow the conversations throughout the day at #OnTheTable2018.

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Ace Your Next Interview

    Interviews are a necessary component of almost any job search, but applicants don’t always know how to prepare themselves for interview success. Attend our interactive workshop where we will discuss the steps you can take before, during, and after interviews to impress future employers.

    You will learn strategic tips and advice from a career coach who prepares applicants daily to ace their next interview. This workshop is geared for a wide audience, from university students to seasoned professionals back on the job market to those who just simply stress at the thought of interviewing.

    With the right preparation to master both easy and tough questions coupled with best practices, you can elevate your interviewing skills. You work hard to score an interview, so don’t blow your next opportunity to shine!

    This program is facilitated by Melissa Frazin, Career Advisor/Assistant Director for Career Development & Engagement at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).

    Melissa “Missy” Frazin supports UIC students with all aspects of career development including exploring possible career options, creating and reviewing resumes/cover letters, preparing for interviews, searching for interviews/jobs, applying to graduate/professional school and developing “gap year” plans. She is passionate about coaching diverse young people to reach their career and life goals. She is a dynamic and energetic higher education professional with 14+ years of experience mentoring and advising 800+ young adults, many of whom are from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and racial backgrounds. Prior to working at UIC, she managed Jumpstart, a team-based, work-study/AmeriCorps program, at DePaul University, overseeing 50+ college student mentors providing support to 200+ preschoolers per year in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and 2 graduate degrees, M.Ed. in Counseling & a M.A in Elementary Education, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    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 05:30 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.