• Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 08:00 AM · 11 rsvps

    Coffee & Capacity

    Looking for feedback on some new ideas? Are you looking for some advice on a challenge you are facing? Just need a listening ear?

    Then join YNPN for Coffee & Capacity!

    Come share in a laid-back, unscripted discussion with colleagues regarding the challenges and joys of the nonprofit sector. These sessions are intended to be group directed and offer the opportunity for you to engage in peer-learning and networking in a relaxed space. Bring your own topics of interest and participate in a round table with other young professionals in the field.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 26 rsvps

    Lessons Learned from Giving USA - 2019

    Philanthropic giving in the USA has been consistently on the rise for the past 10 years, however, a 2017 report co-authored by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Independent Sector found that this trend may be coming to end. With the rise of social enterprises, growing income disparity, and changes in the tax law it is estimated that giving could drop by as much as $13.1 billion!

    Join us as we review the Giving USA - 2019 data and discuss how giving was impacted in 2018. We'll learn about the demographics of giving, where giving went, and how much was given in 2018. Led by Laura Kruisenga, Chief Operating Officer at Kennari Consulting, you'll gain valuable insights on giving trends that can help inform your fund development strategies.

    With over a decade of consulting and advising experience, Laura understands how this data manifests and how to apply it to your work. Join us in this engaging session as Laura shares her expertise and insights!


  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 04:30 PM · $30.00 USD · 3 rsvps
    Amway and WMCAT

    Building Your Own Ladder Series

    Sponsored by Amway - Free for YNPN.GR members - There is a $30 deposit that will be returned upon successful completion of the series, please note that if this is a significant barrier to your attendance, to please reach out to Kevin at

    August 22, September 19, and October 22 from 4:30 to 7:00pm - lite appetizers (locations below)

    A primary challenge unique to the nonprofit sector is the lack of clear opportunities for upward mobility. In Michigan, the average staff size of a nonprofit organization is just over 9 people (Michigan Nonprofit Association), leaving little room for advancement within one organization. Compounding this, job titles and years of experience desired can vary greatly from one organization to the next, making it difficult to even identify new opportunities. While nonprofits benefit from their networked and typically flattened structures, for-profit and public entities with more traditional hierarchical structures benefit from clearly delineated corporate ladders for talent to climb. Nonprofit professionals on the other hand are left to blaze their own trails and build their own ladder as they navigate their careers.

    Join us in the new Building Your Own Ladder Development Series led by a cohort of leaders in our community. We’re with you each step of the way through this three-part series specifically curated to assist you learn, discover, and develop the skills and networks necessary to move up the rungs!

    Rung One: Prepare for Success - Designing Your Road Map
    Date: Thursday August 22, 2019
    Location: Amway Global Headquarters - 7575 Fulton St, Ada, MI 49355
    Led by: Mark R Freier, Co-founder of Nexecute Group

    Careers in the nonprofit world do not follow the straight line to promotion like their fellow for-profit counterparts. This can make preparing for your next non-profit career move a foggy path.

    Mark Freier, leadership consultant and Co-founder of Nexecute, will lead discussions to determine your personal "Road Map" to success.

    What personally drives you? What are your goals? Who are your key influencers in helping you attain your goals? How will this impact your career and job choices?

    Join us in this interactive session to learn where you want to go and how to get there.

    Rung Two: Face Your Finance Fears - Building Your Financial Literacy
    Date: Thursday September 19, 2019
    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm
    Locaction: WMCAT - 614 First St NW #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    Led by: Tracy VanderHeide, CPA, Director of Finance + HR at WMCAT and Christine Lentine, Director of Finance + Regional Operations at Kids’ Food Basket

    Financial literacy is widely considered a crucial skill for nonprofit leadership, with support organizations like BoardSource naming it a core competency for Executive Directors. Yet, when asked to rate their areas of proficiency in nine areas in a nation-wide survey developed by YNPN and completed by more than 1,400 young professionals, financial literacy ranked dead last.

    Skills related to reading and developing budgets can help you determine the health of an organization, identify its priorities, better advocate where funds should be spent (i.e., maybe that raise you’ve been thinking of!), and assess program effectiveness. Simply put, this skill can help you better articulate the state of an organization and guide it into the future.

    Join Tracy VanderHeide, CPA, Director of Finance + HR at WMCAT and Christine Lentine, Director of Finance + Regional Operations at Kids’ Food Basket as they share their knowledge and expertise. In this interactive session and under their guidance you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of:
    • Basic types of financial statements
    • How to identify organizational priorities
    • Spotting red-flags and approaches to managing them

    Rung Three: Manage Your Growth - Building Opportunities & Skills for the Future
    Date: Tuesday October 15, 2019
    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm
    Location: Amway Global Headquarters - 7575 Fulton St, Ada, MI 49355
    Led by: Panel & Roundtable Discussion with Tiffany Page, Executive Director of West Michigan Red Cross; Libby Walhstrom, Development Director of the Literacy Center of West Michigan; Michelle Meulendyk, Senior Corporate Citizenship Specialist at Amway; and more to be announced soon!

    In this culminating session of the Building Your Own Ladder series, we’ll hear directly from leaders in nonprofit and philanthropic community as they reflect on their own journeys of impact and how they grew and developed their careers. We’ll start with a curated panel discussion and end the evening in roundtables where you’ll have the opportunity to network with the panelists in small groups!