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About YNPN

Humble Beginnings…
YNPN is a national 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization that engages and supports future nonprofit leaders through professional development, networking, and social opportunities. Beginning in 1997 as a small gathering of peers in San Francisco, YNPN has since grown from word-of-mouth and local volunteer leadership teams, to a nearly 15,000-member network composed of five affiliate chapters, including San Francisco; New York City; Washington, DC; Chicago; Denver; and dozens of emerging chapters in other cities across the country.

The Leadership Gap

A 2004 study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed that 72.5% of all nonprofit leaders were in their 40s and 50s, with 55% over the age of 50. 65% of the organizations surveyed said they are likely to go through a leadership transition by 2009 and 57% of organizations have experienced a transition within the last 10 years. These findings confirm similar studies conducted over the last few years illustrating the looming leadership deficit the nonprofit sector will face as soon as 2007. It is reported that by 2007 between 61% and 78% of executive directors will retire or leave their organizations. This impending leadership deficit could be the greatest challenge nonprofits face over the next ten years.

The Young Nonprofit Professional Network

In almost every profession, there are associations dedicated to nurturing future leaders. Early on, many professions recognized the need to nurture emerging leaders and have formed organizations such as the ABA Young Lawyers Division, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Young MBA, AICPA Young CPA Network as well as a host of other young professional associations and networks. In each case, the respective associations not only provide access to professional development and networking opportunities, they also build a pipeline of leaders. Similarly, YNPN serves as the place for networking, professional development and support for young professionals to emerge as leaders within the nonprofit sector.

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