Events / Programs

By sharing information, connecting individuals and building skills of emerging leaders, YNPN helps to move individuals across the continuum from emerging to seasoned leaders, ensuring San Diego's nonprofit sector has the leadership necessary to continue meeting the community's needs.

YNPN San Diego does this by:
  • Hosting quarterly Meet & Greets that create a professional community of nonprofit emerging leaders by providing a safe space to connect and network.
  • Organizing various Professional Development Gatherings that bring nonprofit emerging leaders and season leaders in dialogue with each other around career and sector development/pathing. 
Have an idea for a Meet & Greet or Professional Development Gathering?  Share it with us!

Upcoming events

    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The San Diego Foundation - 2508 Historic Decatur Rd Ste 200, San Diego, CA 92128
    • 8

    Polished Marketing & Event Planning Techniques to help your nonprofit build trust, awareness, and self-sustainability.

    Feel like instigating a riot? Present the idea of planning another event or a marketing challenge at your next board meeting! Neither marketing nor events should be a ticking time bomb among your team. Whatever happened to the FUN in FUNdraising events???

    Marketing and events are the quickest way to build a polished, trustworthy organization and among the easiest ways to establish yourselves and gain recognition among the community. Don’t believe us? We see it in the for-profit world all the time: Dove sells positive body image, Kraft sells childhood, and Tesla sells magic. There is no reason the same can’t be true for your organization. But before you can steer from the moment-to-moment charity hustle, you have to start operating and approaching both marketing and event planning as a business.

    The “charity hustle” is no longer cute, and let’s face it, you’re just too awesome and work too hard to not see the results you want and need.

    What Can you Expect? We’ll cover:

    • 5 Rules of Event Planning your Non-Profit needs to implement STAT
    • Marketing 101 for Non-Profits - what you should focus on, and what to drop, immediately (that could actually be doing more harm than good).
    • How to act like a business, while still thinking like a nonprofit
    • Help your nonprofit build trust, awareness, and self-sustainability.

    About the Presenters

    The workshop is the love-child of small-business marketing strategist Rebecca Tall Brown, and event planning ninja Talin Hartounian focused on social responsibility. We’ve both realized that if nonprofits tweak their marketing and event approaches even just a little, they’re going to have a MUCH easier path in reaching their fundraising and community outreach goals, all while having fun!

    Our goal here is to run an interactive and educational info session that leaves you with a strategic plan toward what your organization can do this month to rock out the rest of the year, and change the face of your organization for the better.

    • 27 Oct 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Societe Brewing Company - 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

    Brew-Ha-Ha: Fall Meet and Greet at Societe Brewing Company

    Just in time for Halloween, come join us for some brews and hahas at Societe Brewing Company Monday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    In their own words, "the name of the brewery is an homage to beer as the planet's greatest social uniter. Beer has persistently brought people together for centuries, ignoring class, race, creed, religion, sex, age and any other imaginable barriers to human connection. Beer is democratic. Beer is culture. Beer is Societe!"

    Pair your award-winning brews with tasty bites from DK Local Kitchen who will be serving their signature dishes.

    Join us for a fun-fill night! 

    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • San Diego Foundation: 2508 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA 92106

    Talent & Sustainability: Investing in People for a Stronger Nonprofit Sector

    The San Diego chapters of EPIP and YNPN are eager to partner for an exciting emerging conversation about how nonprofits and foundations can invest in people to radically improve the effectiveness and sustainability of our work and ourselves.  In this interactive session we will explore new ideas and practical strategies for addressing burnout, leadership transition, and other serious challenges facing our workforce.

    Together we will:

    • Learn an approach to talent-focused grant-making and fundraising
    • Investigate sustainability challenges in your organization and your work life
    • Identify strategies for meeting the urgent and chronic need for investment in nonprofit workers

    Rusty Stahl is President and CEO of, a campaign to advance the social sector by increasing foundation investments in nonprofit professionals. Rusty completed initial research for Talent Philanthropy at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he serves as a Visiting Fellow in Residence. During 2002-2012, Stahl served as Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Prior to EPIP, he was a Program Associate at the Ford Foundation focused on strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Rusty holds an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. You can connect with him at, via email, or on Twitter @rustystahl or @fundthepeople.

    Sarah From is a leadership and organizational development consultant and coach based in Brooklyn, NY. Since founding her practice Do Your Best Work in 2010, Sarah has partnered with hundreds of individuals at more than 50 organizations across the United States. Her clients include large universities, small start-up nonprofits, social service agencies, movement-building organizations, religious groups, foundations and social impact businesses. She is a facilitator with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management in NYC, has been a guest trainer for the Rockwood Leadership Program and has designed curricula for the Selah Leadership Program. Sarah holds an M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The New School. You can connect with her at or on Twitter at @doyourbestwork.

    Have questions about Talent and Sustainability: Investing in People for a Stronger Nonprofit Sector? Contact YNPN San Diego & EPIP San Diego

    Register online through Eventbrite here

    • 12 Nov 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wine Steals Hillcrest (back room), 1243 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    Join YNPN San Diego for our November Book Club Event!

    Jennifer McCrea has worked as a professional fundraiser, consultant and educator for 25 years, and her friend Jeff Walker fell into charitable work through his own giving. Together, they've realized that flipping the script on fundraising and defining generosity in a new light: 

    1. unleashes bazillions of dollars and people's good will to advance charitable missions
    2. AND is much more enjoyable for everyone involved, from staff, to board and volunteers, to donors and partners

    Happily, Jennifer and Jeff share how to make a mindshift as well as tangible takeaways in their recent book The Generosity Network. Their website also has a wealth of free resources.

    Join us for a lively discussion, take the fear out of fundraising and make magic happen in the world. YNPN San Diego Chair Lauren Grattan will guest moderate.

    No time to read? No problem! Come to Book Club ready to share your ideas and experiences.

    Let's get together for a thought-provoking conversation with other nonprofit leaders from around San Diego. 

    See you November 12 
    in the back room of Wine Steals Hillcrest, 
    1243 University Avenue

YNPN creates a thriving San Diego by cultivating a highly-valued network 
of emerging leaders dedicated to serving the nonprofit sector.  

Many thanks to our benefactors, especially the Leichtag Foundation and the Parker Foundation whose generous gifts support the mission of YNPN San Diego

Leichtag Foundation     Parker Foundation

YNPN San Diego is Fiscally Sponsored by 

Contact Us: Mission Edge | Att: YNPN San Diego | P.O. Box 12319 | San Diego, CA 92112

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