Upcoming Events

  • Get Lean: Applying the "Lean" Workplace Efficiency Model to Nonprofits

    Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    TaborSpace in Portland, OR



    In the nonprofit sector, it's vitally important to do good work - well. Yet even in the most structured organizations, workplace processes can get messy and disorganized. This happens when people duplicate work, or develop workarounds to problems rather than overhauling systems. Ultimately, inefficient work leads to less focused employees and bad results.

    Lean expert Matthew Horvat will discuss ways to maximize an organization’s ability to achieve its mission by focusing on effective project management. Learn strategies for adjusting your process, working better with your teammates, and adapting to changing circumstances – all to achieve better impact.

    Eventbrite - Get Lean: Applying the "Lean" Workplace Efficiency Model to Nonprofits

    Light refreshments provided. 

    Learn more about Lean here. 

Past Events

  • YNPN: The Next Chapter

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Crush Bar in Portland, OR


    As we move onto the next chapter, we want to celebrate our hard work with a great party. We've invited YNPN National Director Trish Tchume to share the mission and vision of our national network with Portland members.  Trish is an inspirational and thoughtful leader - you won't want to miss this chance to meet her.

    For the past year the YNPN Portland leadership team has participated in a national pilot to bring all YNPN chapters across the country (we are more than 40 strong, now!) together around a shared data systems and set of standards. It has been a great experience, and further confirmation that we are part of a powerful and important national movement. Through this process we built a new website and confirmed our plans to keep membership free.

    Eventbrite - YNPN: The Next Chapter

    There is no charge to attend this event, but in addition to the great food and drink at Crush Bar, we will sell raffle tickets to win great prize packages developed just for social sector leaders, including:

    • Important books on nonprofit leadership for you to add to your library
    • Informational interviews with important social sector leaders 

    The things that are happening right now are not only going to be addressed by executive directors. And they are not only going to be addressed by organizations. - Trish Tchume

    Read more about Trish:

    Influential Director Transformed a Training Ground for Young Leaders, Chronicle of Philanthropy (June, 2015)

    Fast Forward: Five Pillars of Leadership Development with Trish Tchume [video]

    Talking Good: Trish Tchume [profile & interview]

  • You landed that first job in your sector. You’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot. But, now what? Often times, and especially for today’s young professionals, the next steps aren’t as clear.

    YNPN Portland seeks to answer that “what’s next” question with July’s “Leveling Up” professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

    Join us at the United Way Building for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at nonprofit organizations. With a combination of a keynote address, live role play, and individualized Q&A, be prepared to leave with a better understanding of how to position yourself for success, and the next step in the career of your dreams.

    Light refreshments provided.

    YNPN Portland is an all-volunteer organization and event fees help us cover costs for space and food, but cost should not be a barrier to you attending this session.  If it is, please email us at ynpnportland@gmail.com.

  • Understanding Institutional Racism

    Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    YNPN Portland invites our members and others in the social sector to Understanding Institutional Racism, a workshop exploring institutional racism and its impact on the organizations, clients, and causes we serve.

  • Mentors and Manhattans

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    Bootlegger's Whiskey Bar in Beaverton, OR

    Join YNPN Portland, 501MentorMatch, and Vision Action Network at Bootleggers Whiskey Bar for a unique networking opportunity in Washington County.

    501MentorMatch will bring some of its best mentors from the area. Learn more about the program and how you can get connected with leaders in the non-profit industry. Get to know everyone and improve your networking skills with our speed networking session from 6:30 to 7:15. Best of all, happy hour is extended to 8pm!

  • Personal Branding 2.0

    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 05:30 PM

    Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Blogging– the opportunities to brand yourself in the digital realm are endless! Where do you even begin to engage and build a digital presence?  How do you keep that brand image going?

    Join YNPN Portland at the National College for Natural Medicine for “Personal Branding 2.0: You in the Digital World” and let us help you!

    We’re excited to bring you two dynamic presentations from Amy Sample Ward and Ash Shepherd of NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network.  Both Amy and Ash bring with them over 25 years of combined technology, social media and branding experience, and have presented all over the world about technology engagement and social action.

    Join us for a light dinner, refreshments and networking beginning at 5:30pm.  Dinner and refreshments are included with your ticket.  The program will begin promptly at 6:15pm. Following the presentations, Amy and Ash will lead small-group discussions to dive deeper into questions about branding yourself and building an online presence.

    Post-event, you’re invited to join YNPN’s own social media aficionado, Liza Dyer, for continued discussion and networking over drinks.

  • MLK Day of Service

    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
    Arbor Lodge Park in Portland, OR

    YNPN Portland and Urban League of Portland Young Professionals are partnering again for a day of service and reflection honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Meet us on January 19 at Harper’s Playground (2525 N Dekum St ) in Arbor Lodge Park as we beautify this inclusive park for children of all abilities! Dress according to the weather and we’ll provide gloves and supplies.

    Lunch will also be provided. Following service in the park, join Urban League and YNPN members at the Kenton Firehouse to warm up, socialize over lunch, and participate in a facilitated MLK Day reflection. The program will wrap up before 2:00pm.

    We are asking all volunteers to bring new socks for children ages 10-12. We will be collecting and donating them to Alder Elementary’s 5th grade class. Joining us for the day (and for every pair of socks you donate that day) gets you entered to win one of two pairs of Blazer Tickets for the 1/19 Sacramento Kings game that evening.

    Blazer Tickets will be raffled off at the end of the day!  Winners must be present to collect their tickets.

  • Portland on a Budget

    Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    WineUp on Williams in Portland, OR

    Student loans, credit cards, rent, holiday gifts – let’s face it, this time of year you’re broke, we’re broke, so let’s get together and share our ideas for enjoying Portland on the cheap. Join us at WineUp on Williams on December 9th armed with your best ideas for budget-friendly staycations, date nights, health & wellness, gourmet cooking, and travel. You will have a chance to share your ideas with the group – each solid idea will earn you a raffle ticket for one of four raffle prizes!

    Light appetizers will be provided; we encourage you to support WineUp generously allowing us to use their private space and enjoy a drink or two (beer, wine and full bar) at a cash bar.

  • Managing Up, Down, and Sideways

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 06:00 PM

    Even if you don’t have the word “manager” in your title, chances are good in a nonprofit job that you’re doing some management. Whether you’re involved in managing staff, volunteers, projects, board members, or all of the above, our November event will give you ideas and tips you can use right away. Join us November 19th at the Parsons Gallery at PSU’s Urban Center from 6 – 8pm and learn how to become a more effective manager in any position.

    We’ll dig deeper into the different types of management with topic-specific breakout sessions. You’ll decide whether you want to focus on managing “Up”, “Down” or “Sideways”. Don’t worry if you’re interested in more than one: we’ll provide printed handouts so you can take home resources from all three sessions.

  • Fall Networking

    Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Green Dragon in Portland, OR

    Join fellow YNPN Portlanders as we return to The Green Dragon, this time in the private back barrel room, for a special Fall Networking event… with an extended Happy Hour until 7pm just for YNPN Portlanders! Chat with fellow nonprofiteers, enjoy some tasty brews from the taps, and make some productive connections before the madness of the holiday season begins. Furthermore, attendees will get a chance to meet the newest members of the YNPN Portland Board!

    Don’t have business cards? No problem! We will have blank cards available for you to fill out and distribute to people in order to facilitate those next networking steps. So catch the #15, grab a friend along the way, and meet us there. Cheers!

  • Lift Our Voices

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Boys and Girls Aid in Portland, OR

    Join YNPN Portland at Boys & Girls Aid (018 SW Boundary Court) for the first Professional Development event of the fall season, “Lift Our Voices: Advocating for Strong Communities.” 

    The night will highlight a dynamic discussion about advocacy and community organizing in the nonprofit sector. The Affordable Care Act, food stamp funding, sit and lay laws, education reform efforts – these local and national policies have direct tangible impacts on the clients and communities we work with every day. And those of us in the nonprofit sector have a huge opportunity to incorporate advocacy work in our direct service to make lasting change! Jim White, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, will be moderating a stellar panel of sector leaders – Panelist Bios HERE – to explore questions like: How can nonprofits engage in public policy conversations to improve the lives of their clients and community? What are some of the pitfalls/limitations of advocacy? What are effective strategies for building coalitions and getting heard? And more!


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