Louise Sharrow

  • published Professional Growth Grant in Get Involved 2020-02-02 12:03:52 -0600

    Professional Growth Grant

    YNPN Chicago awards individual grants of up to $500 to current YNPN Chicago members and our network for professional development opportunities such as conference attendance, class and workshop fees, membership to professional associations, and more! Our very first cycle of funding is open NOW, applications are due by April 1, 2020.

    Although YNPN Chicago proudly offers many affordable programs and events to our members, we recognize there are many other opportunities for young professionals to further their careers within Chicago’s nonprofit sector. Most nonprofit organizations have limited professional development budgets, and emerging leaders may not have access to funds for training, conferences, and other opportunities that are vital to career advancement. 

    Current Funding Cycle:

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

    • Notification to Applicants: April 30, 2020

    • Final Report Due: 30 days after your funded opportunity is completed

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applications by current YNPN Chicago members will be given priority. Membership is not a requirement to apply. (Not yet a member? Join for only $25.)

    • Only one funding request is permitted per person, per cycle.

    • The Professional Growth Grant program awards a maximum of $500 to an individual per calendar year.

    • A complete application including all required documents must be received by 11:59 pm CT on the day of the deadline for consideration.

    • Funds can be used retroactively to cover expenses incurred within 30 days prior to the application due date. Funding is not guaranteed.

    Application Pieces:

    Online Application

    (You can preview the application here before filling it out, as you won't be able to save the form once you've started.)

    Within the application, you will be asked to upload the following (in PDF format):

    • Current resume

    • Detailed, line-item budget that accounts for the amount requested from YNPN Chicago, any external funding (employer, etc.), and any remainder.

    YNPN Chicago does NOT consider funding requests for:

    • YNPN Chicago memberships

    • Food and beverage expenses

    • Charitable contributions or board dues

    • Supplies (headshots, computers, business cards, etc.)


    If you receive funding:

    All grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on how the grant was used within 30 days after your funding opportunity has been completed. Reports will include a brief narrative, as well as proof of how funds were used (receipts, order confirmations, etc.). We also encourage you to write a blog post for the YNPN Chicago website about your experience using the grant funds. 

    The Professional Growth Grant recipients will be announced on the YNPN Chicago website, e-newsletter, and other social media channels and may also be covered in local media sources. By receiving grant funding, you consent to your name, image, and details about how your grant was used to be shared in these channels.

    In the event that the grant was used for purposes other than described in the grant application or the recipient fails to complete the final report and proof of how funds were used, the recipient shall promptly reimburse YNPN Chicago for the amount of such improperly expended funds. 


    Have questions not answered here? Please email us at finance@ynpnchicago.org!


    Please note: The YNPN Chicago Board of Directors and their immediate family members are ineligible for grant funding.

  • published Coffee with Nine Strangers in Programs & Events 2020-01-30 10:46:25 -0600

    Coffee with Nine Strangers

    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’ll 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!

    Member Pricing

    $5 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 membership@ynpnchicago.org if you have any questions. 

    Public Ticket Pricing

    $7 Public Ticket

    Hardship Policy

    We aim to provide accessible professional growth opportunities to all nonprofit professionals and supporters. We keep event fees as low as possible and charge a fee that helps to cover our costs. Individual event fees are not meant to prevent any member or interested person from attending. If you find ticket cost to prohibit your involvement in this event, please fill out this form.

    February 26, 2020 at 6pm
    Open Books West Loop
    651 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60661
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $5.00 USD · rsvp

  • donated 2018-02-15 10:46:41 -0600