Why are chapters being asked to contribute to the network financially?

Why are chapters being asked to contribute to the network financially?

A:

We believe we are stronger together and that the health and viability of the network is worth investing in. Our growth has outpaced our current infrastructure and shared investment from the network is going to allow us to do several important things:

  • Being self-sustaining rather than relying solely on grant income gives us flexibility, stability, and autonomy.

  • Giving chapters the tools to do their work more effectively will enhance the great work already being done at the local level and increase our impact across the country.

  • Investing in shared infrastructure allows us to provide the fullest network benefits and a connection to the nationwide movement in addition to the local benefits already provided.

We see this as a turning point for YNPN. We've had success and growth over the past several years, but now it's up to us together to determine how we lay the foundation for the next 10 years.  Infrastructure is a critical piece, but so is developing a network structure that's sustainable.

We're focused on developing new revenue streams like individual giving and programs that earn income. But we also see this as a point in the network's history when we can come together to be more connected, effective, and sustainable. This is why we're asking chapters to share this investment with us.