The Austin Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network was initiated in 2003 by staff members of Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, a management support organization now known as Mission Capital. It found swift flight in January 2006 with a crew of fresh, passionate leaders. In 2011, YNPN Austin received 501(c)(3) status. In 2018, after extensive research of other young professional development organizations, YNPN Austin moved to a paid membership model. This enabled YNPN Austin to expand professional development opportunities for members. YNPN Austin also added positions to it's Board of Directors to recruit, engage and improve member experience, as well as positions to create curriculum for professional development and at-large positions to improve governance. In 2020, YNPN Austin has reached 23 board members and 5 committees to strengthen and grow a network of engaged leaders.