YNPN Chicago Executive Co-Chairs

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    Annual Celebration Awards

    Past YNPN Chicago Celebration Award Winners

    At YNPN Chicago’s Annual Celebration, we recognize the accomplishments and outstanding achievements of the Chicago nonprofit sector by presenting awards to leaders in the community. This year’s awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 22 in front of over 100 attendees as well as featured online with our community of over 5,600 subscribers.

    Finalists are listed below - public voting closed on May 7.

    Snag your ticket to YNPN Chicago's Annual Celebration, where winners will be announced, on Wednesday, May 22. 

    About the Awards

    One winner will be selected from each of the four categories. Categories include:

    Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Finalists

    Margaret Smith

    Britney Bouie

    Edna Togba

    YNPN Chicago’s annual Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago nonprofit sector through exemplary leadership at their organization and/or through volunteer involvement in the Chicago community. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

    Supervisor of the Year Finalists

    Ruby Camacho

    Arij Mikati

    Katharine Slover

    A good supervisor is crucial to supporting young nonprofit professionals in navigating career challenges and inspiring and sustaining dedication to the sector. YNPN Chicago’s Supervisor of the Year Award recognizes someone who provides exemplary mentorship to emerging nonprofit leaders in Chicago through active personal and professional development. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

    Associate Board of the Year Finalists

    AIDS Foundation of Chicago Associate Board

    Breakthrough Young Professionals (YP) Board

    Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Associate Board

    Associate Boards (a.k.a. Junior Boards, Auxiliary Boards) are an essential link between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, broadening support for nonprofit organizations, and developing a leadership pipeline for nonprofit governing boards. YNPN Chicago’s Associate Board of the Year award will recognize an outstanding non-governing board that serves as an asset to the nonprofit community by allowing individuals from across professional sectors to unite in support of a nonprofit organization and the nonprofit community. This award will honor an Associate Board who demonstrates innovation and maximizing collaboration to achieve measurable annual goals.

    Nonprofit of the Year Finalists 

    Chicago Sinfonietta


    La Casa Norte

    Project SYNCERE

    The Surge Institute

    Chicago is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. The diversity of their missions and programs allows them to address some of society’s greatest needs. They serve as leaders in the community, and, with few resources, work to make the world a better place. This award will honor a nonprofit organization that exemplifies leadership in the sector and provides support for the young professionals it employs.

    Nomination Process and Voting

    Nomination for all award categories were accepted from general public until April 9. From this pool, a selection committee made up of YNPN Chicago board members identified finalists. One winner from each category was chosen based on an online public vote.

    Public voting closed May 7 at 5 p.m. for finalistsgrab your ticket to our Annual Celebration event to see the winners!

    Please contact development@ynpnchicago.org with questions.

    Congrats to all of the amazing Chicago nonprofits who have been recognized in the past for their amazing mission, associate boards, and staff! Past award winners include:

    Alzheimer’s Association

    Art Institute of Chicago



    Community Memorial Foundation

    Chicago High School for the Arts

    Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

    Chicago Sinfonietta

    Chicago Urban League

    Cradles to Crayons

    Illinois Action for Children

    Institute on Disability and Human Development at UIC

    North Park University, Axelson Center

    North Shore University Health System

    One Million Degrees

    Open Books

    Pierce Family Foundation

    TEAM Englewood