2019 Conference


The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Leaders Institute, presented by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Civic Scholars Program, is an annual event that brings together leaders from across the country for three days of networking, professional development, and chapter collaboration. For the past thirteen years, the leaders of the national YNPN network have gathered annually to build relationships, learn from each other, and reconnect with YNPN’s vision of strengthening communities by building a diverse and powerful social sector. The 2019 Leaders Institute is where the most passionate and innovative YNPN’ers will come to take their careers and leadership to the next level.

2019 Host City: Chicago, Illinois 

Blow on into the Windy City with us! 

Illinois may be known as the land of Lincoln but it might as well qualify as the land on of nonprofits as well. According to Independent Sector, the state is home to more than 60,000 nonprofit organizations! The nonprofit sector employs nearly a half-million people and generates over a $100 billion in annual revenues - and you thought the Daley family was a machine! To top it off, Illinoisans are extremely generous, donating over $8 billion a year to charity.

And at the heart of it all is Chicago. Chicagoans have revolutionized our world, did you know that the first first cell phone was invented in Chicago? Hate the sound of velcro? Well, the zipper was invented there too! The city also can lay a claim to the creation of the twinkie. 

But perhaps closer to our work (even though that cell phone allows you to answer work emails into the wee hours of the night and that twinkie and maybe 4 coffees might be the only thing keeping you going as you power your way through that grant proposal) the city was home to Jane Addams, the first American woman to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize and widely considered the god-mother of the social work profession. This city is also home to the first ever Rotary Club, the first blood bank, and now boasts over 550 parks!

The city is also a cultural powerhouse, with a myriad of theaters, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Botanic Gardens, Observatories, Zoos, the Orchestra, the Opera, to Second City - there is surely something for everyone in Chicago!

A special thanks to YNPN Chicago for sharing their vibrant city with us!