Happy 2017 from YNPN Portland


2016 was a busy year! As Board Chair, I am excited to share some of last year's highlights and some of what we are looking forward to in 2017.

YNPN Portland programming and action is guided by our Five Pillars of Leadership Development and a commitment to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. I am proud of the opportunities and spaces that YNPN Portland creates for learning and connection. 

2016 Highlights:

  • Activate! Summit: Portland served as host city for the YNPN National Conference in August, which brought together 100+ chapter leaders from YNPN locations across the country. Day one of the conference engaged 250+ local social sector leaders in a day of professional development training, and featured Vu Le, author of Nonprofit With Balls96% of surveyed attendees learned something new about their leadership or the sector and 93% felt the Activate! Summit was an inclusive and welcoming space.

  • Accessible and Relevant Professional Development Events: YNPN Portland is committed to providing low cost and high value opportunities for growth. In 2016, we explored topics including Self Care, Equity, and Homelessness & Housing through 4 events engaging 200 individuals. YNPN is committed to cost never being a barrier by keeping ticket prices low and providing scholarships for all events.

  • Ongoing Network Building: We hosted 7 networking, service, and social events in 2016 across the Portland metro area. These events are always free, and sometimes we even buy the snacks and drinks!

  • New Board Leaders: In July 2016, we invited 5 new Board Members to join YNPN Portland. The board is now 14 strong and is an impressive and inspiring bunch!

Looking Ahead to 2017:

  • Member Survey: We want to take some time in early 2017 to hear from you. Who you are, what you do, and how YNPN Portland can be of better service to you. Look for an email soon with a link to a short survey. The results will shape the direction and focus of YNPN Portland programs moving forward.

  • January 14th Service Project: Kick the new year off right with a little service to others. Join YNPN & Urban League Young Professionals at one of two projects on Saturday, January 14th celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. RSVP now to save your spot.

  • March with YNPN on January 21st: Want to participate in the March on Portland? If you’re looking for folks to march with, join us. We’ll meet up a little early and march together. Invite your family and friends, all are welcome. This march is to ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER. RSVP to say we’ll see you there.

I look forward to the coming year and to all the great that lies ahead!

See you out there,

Megan O'Leary, YNPN Portland Board Chair

Post Election Reflection: We Believe


Today, YNPN Portland returns to our core beliefs.

“We believe that our social ills are caused by inequities in access to the basic resources and benefits of a democratic society. These inequities are based on discrimination against various groups by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other identities. We also believe that a diverse and powerful social sector can address these inequities.”

Our Stance on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Now, more than ever, we must speak out against hate and bigotry, stand up for policies that lift people up, build our community, and band together. YNPN Portland commits to this work, to showing up, and to creating spaces for you to lead.

We want you to know that we value the work you have done for our city and state. YNPN Portland believes in you. We believe in young emerging leaders and we believe in the power of our community.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Together, we’re building a powerful and diverse nonprofit sector.

-The YNPN Portland Board

My Experience at the YNPN Activate! Summit


There is a funny saying about Portland – “Portland is where young people go to retire.” It is meant to paint the picture of a community of young people who live in Portland to enjoy the culture of great food and craft beer and not do much else. After my experience with over 300 young nonprofit professionals at the Activate! Summit last month, I would say that is not the case at all.

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Event Recap: Thrice as Nice

thriceasnice.pngThree presenters from the 2016 Activate! Summit shared bite-size versions of their professional development content with YNPN Portland on September 28, 2016. More than twenty attendees gathered to reflect on equity, leadership, and aligning personal and professional goals at Taborspace. Thanks to all who attended!

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Day in the Life: Alexa

Macintosh HD:Users:alexamorris:Downloads:_DSC2674.jpgMy name is Alexa and I currently work as a Web & Social Media Manager for The Salvation Army Cascade Division, which serves Oregon and Southern Idaho. I am motivated to make information about The Salvation Army and the services they provide, accessible across digital platforms. Did you know that The Salvation Army is more than a thrift store?

In Portland, Oregon alone they operate a Veterans & Family Center, a domestic violence shelter, a female emergency shelter, multiple food pantry programs and those are just to name a few.

What does my day look like?

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Five Reasons to Attend the #YNPN16 Activate! Summit

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) is thrilled to be hosting the Activate! Summit in Portland on Friday, August 5 at the Ambridge Event Center. 

YNPN Portland exists to support the development of young professionals to strengthen their role in a viable, inclusive, and collaborative nonprofit sector. The Activate! Summit brings together these social change-makers for a day of professional development, networking, and deep thinking about social change.

YNPN Portland and YNPN National are pleased to partner with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) as a supporting host of the Activate! Summit.


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June Event Recap - Advancing Equity


Over 90 community members, nonprofit leaders, and local supporters joined us on June 1st for YNPN Portland’s annual signature event, “Advancing Equity: Stories from the Field and Tools for Taking Action.” Thanks to Ecotrust for donating the event space through their Community Grants program. 


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YNPN Portland Member Playlist: Meg

One of our favorite ways to feature YNPN Portland members is on our blog! Today, YNPN Portland member Meg Petersen is sharing her go to Pandora playlists for getting her hyped after working a long day. Take it away, Meg!

Hi! I'm Meg. I'm 30 years old and I'm a major gift officer at Reed College in SE Portland.

Being a child of the 90s - and a young adult of the 2000s - my go to pump up playlist is always either 90s Pop Radio or 2000s Hip Hop Radio on Pandora. Not only do they provide some great throwbacks from high school and college days, but the music gets me energized and hyped. I usually listen while I'm on a run after a long day at work and I'm trying to catch my vitamin D, or while I'm cooking dinner. I travel a lot to see donors, so I also listen while I'm on the road, in my car.

If you are interested in contributing to the YNPN blog please email Melody Feldman.

YNPN & NAO Call for Presenters

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UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 8th to submit your proposal. Questions? Email info@ynpnportland.org

Mark your calendars for the Activate! Summit to be held on August 5th in Portland! This Call for Presenters is to apply to lead a breakout session at the Summit. We are seeking presenters from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to educate people who work and volunteer at nonprofits.  

This year YNPN Portland and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) are collaborating on a Call for Presenters. Collectively we serve over 3,000 individuals and 2,000 organizations on an annual basis. This is your opportunity to contribute your knowledge, resources, tools, and resources to help us build strong nonprofits across Oregon! 

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Event Recap: Falling in Self-Love

Britt Stetson, a long-time volunteer and board member of YNPN Portland, gave a heart-felt presentation on self-care practices at Hatch Innovation Lab last Wednesday. Around 30 non-profit and for-profit professionals came out to learn how to better care for themselves in careers that are rewarding but also demanding and high-stress. Retelling tales of a more hectic and self-care lacking time in her life, Britt's anecdotal stories brought smiles and illustrated common situations that developing professionals face daily, yearly, and throughout their career.

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