Professional Development & Networking Events

To support emerging talent within the nonprofit sector, YNPN Chicago provides a variety of personal and professional development opportunities for individuals to learn, connect, and network. We host at least two events a month—typically a professional development program and a networking event.

Click here for a list of currently scheduled events.

A Note About Programming

YNPN Chicago will be holding all events virtually until further notice. At this time, all virtual events will be free of charge. Anyone who was registered for an in-person event in March or April that was canceled should already have received refunds.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. If you have any questions, please contact

Professional Development

YNPN Chicago professional development programs are held monthly and take a variety of formats to meet the needs of the professional community. We cover topics such as volunteer management, grant and proposal writing, event planning, negotiation and more–for professionals with varying levels of career experience.

Our ongoing professional development programs:

  • strengthen professional abilities through skill-building seminars, panels, and workshops.
  • provide affordable opportunities to learn more about various policies and topics that affect nonprofit work.
  • serve as a resource for individuals seeking advice and assistance for career growth.

Social and Service Networking

YNPN Chicago offers a range of events for nonprofiteers to connect in informal settings. These relaxed events happen provide members of Chicago's nonprofit community a safe space to network with peers and grow their nonprofit network.

Happy Hours

YNPN Chicago hosts casual, mostly unstructured happy hours in bars and restaurant throughout the city. These events provide an opportunity to connect and share experiences with fellow young nonprofit professionals.

Coffee with Nine Strangers

This perennial favorite gives professionals involved or interested in the nonprofit sector an opportunity to talk through peer-generated topics in a small group setting. The events are held at informal venues and center around a 45 minute conversations facilitated by YNPN Chicago board members on issues relevant to work in the nonprofit sector.


Occasionally, we offer service events which combine volunteering and networking. Past projects include making breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House and staffing the Polar Plunge with the Lakeview Polar Bear Club.

Hardship Policy

YNPN Chicago occasionally charges for events to cover our costs, with the intention to keep fees as low as possible. Individual event fees are not meant to prevent any member or interested person from attending. Therefore, if you find that a particular cost prohibits your involvement, please contact our Executive Co-Chairs to learn about your eligibility for a hardship waiver.

View our full list of event policies here.