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

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 13 rsvps

    Getting Out From Overwhelm


    In today's day and age, most of us either feel overwhelmed all the time, or are on a cycle that will eventually bring us back to it. In this 90-minute workshop, we will explore how to be free from that cycle by examining the beliefs that create overwhelm, how we perpetuate the cycle, and ways to joyfully step out of it.

    Please also bring an open mind and a willingness to share.


    Hayden HumphreyAbout the presenter

    Hayden Humphrey is a Success Coach, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator, out to document and elevate the human experience. As a professional coach, Hayden works 1:1 with individuals who are ready to break out of feeling stuck or unfulfilled and take their lives to the next level in all capacities. Hayden's clients find new and exciting careers for themselves, create financial abundance, and generate the relationships they've been dreaming of.

    Outside of his private practice, he partners with organizations and teams to help them more effectively create, collaborate, and communicate through training workshops and speaking engagements.

    You can find more information on his website:

  • Friday, March 29, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    DrinkHaus Supper Club in Chicago, IL

    Spring Happy Hour

    Want to connect with other people in the nonprofit sector? Then this is the happy hour for you! Whether you're job-seeking, looking to trade ideas and best practices, or simply meet people who live that non-profit life, this event provides a fun and relaxed opportunity to do just that. Make sure to bring your business cards -- you never know who you might meet!

    DrinkHaus Supper Club is located at 820 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607. At this event, you have will the option to purchase drinks for half the price, which include mid-level and house liquors and a selection of craft and domestic beers.

    This event is 21 and older. Don't forget your ID!


  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Understanding Organizational Finances



    Looking to brush up on your balance sheet reading skills? This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in joining nonprofit boards or for anyone who wants to understand the financials within their own organization.

    Program Details

    Presented by nonprofit pro and financial guru Angela Dowell of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, this workshop will provide guidance on how to read and understand nonprofit financial statements. This will include an understanding of how nonprofit financial statements differ from for-profit financial statements. Additionally, the workshop will go over key financial ratios that help determine the fiscal health of a nonprofit organization. This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in joining a nonprofit board or anyone who wants to understand the financials within their own organization.

    Speaker Information

    Angela Dowell re-joined CCLF in August 2014 as the Controller. In September 2016, Dowell was promoted to VP of Finance and promoted again in 2018 to Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Angela is responsible for the accounting and finance operations of CCLF, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and comprehensive set of controls, enhancing the accuracy of CCLF’s reported financial results, and complying with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards. In addition, Dowell oversees investor relations, including fundraising for new capital investments and maintaining existing investor relationships.

    Dowell has held numerous accounting and finance roles over the past 10 years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and gives back to her community. She is a member of the Minority Advisory Board for Southern Illinois University’s College of Business. She is also a member of the Finance & Audit Committee for Disability CDFI Coalition and serves on the Not-for-Profit Committee for the Illinois CPA Society. Dowell additionally volunteers as a presenter on nonprofit finance and accounting for various groups.

    Dowell is a CPA with a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University. She was recently awarded SIU-Carbondale’s College of Business ‘Emerging Saluki Leader Award.’ This award honors alumni who have graduated from the college within the past 15 years for their outstanding work within business, academia or government sectors, nonprofit organizations, and their community service. Additionally, Dowell was recently named one of the Chicago Defender’s 2018 “Women of Excellence” award recipients.

    Ticket Details

    Event is in Room 110 at the UIC College of Urban Planning

    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

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 12 rsvps
    Forefront Library 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 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!

    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. Head to our nomination page to submit your nomination before April 9. 

    Ticket Details

    All attendees must be 21 years or older. 

    Member Pricing

    $25 Early Access Member Tickets, until April 1
    $30 Member Ticket, April 2-May 21

    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, opens April 1
    $40 Public Ticket, May 9-May 21

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