Since 2007, YNPN Chapter Leaders from across the country have been meeting to hone their leadership skills, share knowledge, and build relationships with other like-minded young nonprofit professionals from across the country.

The National Conference and Leaders Institute includes both professional development and networking:

National Conference: Professional development is open to members of the local community in which the conference is being hosted and for the first time this year, also open to any YNPN member to attend. The National Conference programming focuses broadly on the skills that emerging leaders need to be effective social changemakers.

Leaders Institute: The Leaders Institute is only open to YNPN chapter leaders. This includes our State of the Network address, Chapter Roll Call, and sessions presented by chapter leaders on programs and facets of chapter operations.

Every year the conference is co-hosted by a local chapter. Past conference hosts and themes have included:

  • Portland: Activate! Summit and Leaders Institute (2016)
  • Little Rock: Change through the Head, Heart, and Hands (2015)
  • Twin Cities: Exploring Diverse Voices (2014)Phoenix: 21st Century Leaders for the Common Good (2013)San Francisco Bay Area: Generations of Change (2012)Grand Rapids: Fiscal and Environmental Stability (2011)
  • Denver: A Look at Inclusiveness Through a Generational Lens (2010)
  • Washington, D.C.: Building a Sustainable Board Structure (2009)
  • Chicago: A Conversation with Robert Egger (2008)
  • New York: Communicating with Your Members (2007)

Our National Conference is an opportunity for professional growth and personal connection. This feedback we received from a YNPN Chapter Leader captures why we make it a priority to connect our Chapter Leaders from across the network in person:


“I attended YNPN’s National Conference in Grand Rapids in 2011. As a participant I met incredible people with whom I have maintained contact throughout the year. I have found YNPN members at every national conference, seminar or nonprofit event I participate in and therefore have a built-in network of support, colleagues and friends.”

You don't want to miss it!

2017 Conference

The 2017 National Conference & Leaders Institute: Leading through Change will be in Atlanta, Georgia! The conference will be held Friday, August 11 to Monday, August 14 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. For the detailed schedule and registration once that information is released, visit our conference site.

Please note this year the Leaders Institute will be a pre-conference program held on Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13 with a Welcome Reception on Friday, August 11.  The professional development programming will begin on the afternoon of Sunday, August 13 and conclude at the end of the day on Monday, August 14.

Chapters are invited to apply to present at the 2017 conference.  Share your knowledge on any topics relevant to YNPN chapter leadership!  This year we're especially interested in sessions on the following topics: equity, diversity, and inclusion; making the most of NationBuilder's features; leadership development models and initiatives; and network engagement.

YNPN National also provides hotel accommodations to help our chapters make it to the conference. Learn more about conference travel support and how to access it here.