YNPN Signature Events

YNPN Austin offers a suite of signature programming events. Read below to find out more about our signature events that are specifically crafted to fit the needs of Austin's nonprofit professionals.

Speaker Series Hear from industry leading experts on the most relevant topics affecting the nonprofit industry and the Austin community.  Past topics have included Fundraising from Different Perspectives, Effective Communication and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.


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Behind the Scenes Tour a local nonprofit and get a behind-the-scenes look at daily operations!  Past events have included an Austin Symphony Orchestra tour and rehearsal and a tour of Austin Pets Alive!


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Tacos & Tips Learn from the experts on professional development topics and enjoy free breakfast tacos and coffee.



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Network with the Executives Do you have a burning question about your career, but you just don’t know who to ask? Do you want to be an Executive Director or in charge of a program one day? Are you interested in what it takes to build a successful career for social impact? Join YNPN and your fellow young professionals for an evening of networking with and learning from the top executives in our field around Austin. This is a chance to get everyone you’ve been wanting to speak with in one room.


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Headshot Hoppy Hour Spruce up your LinkedIn Profile!  Get your professional head shot taken and mingle with fellow nonprofit peeps. One of our most popular events of the year!


Do Gooder Games (DGG) DGG is a fast-paced evening with teams battling it out in multiple rounds of fun mental challenges. Each team will compete in a super nonprofit smartypants winner-takes-all death match to win a grand prize to support the nonprofit of their choice. The champion team receives a grand prize, which can be donated to a non-profit of their choice.






Top Reasons to Attend a YNPN Austin Event:

  • Network with other young nonprofit professionals
  • Expand your knowledge about the Austin nonprofit community
  • Learn about YNPN Austin
  • Learn new skills or improve on existing proficiencies  
  • Gain a deeper engagement with nonprofit sector 
  • Hear from experienced industry professionals 
  • Our events address the skills that Austin's nonprofit employers rated most important! (see below)  


How They Lead Podcast

In September 2020, YNPN Austin premiered How They Lead, a podcast about nonprofit leadership. Every episode of How They Lead will feature a local Austin-area nonprofit executive discussing how they got to where they are today, surprising lessons they’ve learned along the way, and what skills they’re looking for in young nonprofit leaders. Each episode will align with skills from YNPN Austin’s Competency Model and how they have honed that skill through their work. You can listen to How They Lead everywhere you listen to podcasts.


Find How They Lead on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts.



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