Module 1: YNPN 101

In this section:

  • Introduction to YNPN
  • Vision, Mission, Values and Theory of Change 

Introduction to YNPN

Founded in July 1997 and incorporated in 2003, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) activates emerging leaders to fulfill our vision of stronger communities supported by a diverse and powerful social sector.. Thanks to YNPN, young nonprofit professionals nationwide are networking with their peers, sharing resources, and connecting online and in person to advance their own development and to strengthen the nonprofit sector. 

The YNPN chapter model was incubated, piloted, and refined over many years of implementation in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been replicated successfully in communities across the country. YNPN has grown tremendously since its founding and today serves as an active voice for young nonprofit professionals across the nation.  

As of 2015, YNPN has over 40 chapters in communities of all sizes ranging from New York and Washington DC to Greater Buffalo and Des Moines. As YNPN continues to grow its national reputation, new chapters are being formed in every region of the country.

YNPN National’s board of directors are all volunteers committed to building the nonprofit sector and providing young nonprofit professionals with the necessary tools to help them advance in their careers. 

In 2011, YNPN appointed its first National Director and in 2014, YNPN added two additional full-time staff members. 

Vision, Mission, Values and Theory of Change





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