Originally founded as YNPN Southern California in 2002, YNPNla is the Los Angeles affiliate of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) National. YNPN is a rapidly growing, grassroots organization. From its beginnings in 1997 as a small, informal gathering of peers in San Francisco, YNPN has grown to become one of the nation’s largest associations of nonprofit practitioners. To better serve this growing national network and provide infrastructure for local chapters across the country, YNPN National incorporated as an independent, national 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2004. YNPN National provides support and resources for local YNPN networks through leadership development, networking, and advocacy activities.
The demand for an early career professional network to support the growth, learning, and leadership development of young nonprofit professionals led to the establishment of YNPN in San Francisco. Then, driven almost entirely by word-of-mouth and local volunteer leadership teams, the YNPN concept has spread to Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Denver and beyond. Now, with over 15,000 members, YNPN is a nationally-recognized vehicle for retaining and strengthening the nonprofit sector’s next generation of leaders—led by and directly responsive to the needs of early career nonprofit professionals.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Los Angeles (YNPNla) provides social and professional resources to promote success in career development and retention for young professionals and emerging leaders of all ages involved with nonprofits in the Los Angeles, CA area. We offer an array of programs for our members, including:
- Leadership Training developed with the needs and professional development goals of young nonprofit professionals in mind and
- Networking with other young professionals in nonprofit, philanthropy, for-profit, religious and community-based organizations, and more!
Who joins YNPN? – The YNPN community consists of young nonprofit leaders in LA, newcomers to the LA nonprofit community, and professionals transitioning into the nonprofit sector. With different backgrounds and interests members share a commitment to professional development and effective nonprofit leadership. If this sounds like you, please join us! Take the next step and make an investment in your career, demonstrating your commitment to fostering the next generation of nonprofit leaders.