Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with YNPN Chicago. As a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, we’re always looking for changemakers, thought leaders, nonprofit advocates, and partners to join us.

A Dynamic and Accessible Network

Whether you are new to the sector, a graduate student, a mid-career professional looking for a change or a nonprofit expert, there is a place for you in YNPN Chicago. You can find space to grow your network and discover new resources, collaborators, motivators, peer mentors, and future colleagues.

YNPN Chicago is committed to providing accessible resources and opportunities for growth for all nonprofit professionals and supporters in the Chicago-area. We regularly offer low-cost or free professional development and networking events which are tailored to the needs of those in the nonprofit sector. Most of our events are open to anyone, whether you are a member, longtime supporter, or first-time attendee! 

As a part of our commitment to developing and sustaining a vibrant nonprofit community, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect. Read our full Statement of Inclusivity.  

The Community 

Being a part of YNPN Chicago means you are joining a network of thousands of young professionals in the Chicago area from across the social sector. Our community represents a wide range of issue areas and job functions reflective of the diversity of the greater Chicago nonprofit landscape.

Attend an Event

One of the best ways to be an active part of the network is to go to events! We offer at least two in-person opportunities to learn and connect each month: usually a social networking opportunity, like a happy hour, and a professional development program. Event and programs are an opportunity to broaden and deepen your network by making new connections in the community.

Event fees are not meant to prevent any member or interested person from attending. If you find that a particular cost prohibits your involvement, please fill out this brief form to be considered for financial support. Find out more about our event policies here.

Sign Up for the Weekly Newsletter

Our popular newsletter comes out once a week and includes upcoming events, original content, and useful articles and information. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here. You can also create an account on this site.

Read Our Blog

Catch up on the latest field perspectives, member spotlights, professional development tips, resources, and more. Interested in blogging for YNPN Chicago? We would love to hear from you. Email to get started.

Connect with Us 

If you’d like to hear from us more regularly or want to join the conversation, then follow YNPN Chicago on social media! You can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or join us on LinkedIn.

Apply for Board Service 

Our Executive Board is a working and governing board that’s in charge of supporting the daily functions and long-term goals of YNPN Chicago. New positions open each fall. Learn more about the responsibilities and roles of our Executive Board here

Become a Member

Members receive enhanced benefits and additional opportunities to engage with the network. Membership costs $25 annually. Visit our membership page for a full list of benefits.

To further support our work, please consider making a financial contribution, donating space, or suggesting a speaker.