Past Events

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Make Westing in Oakland, CA

Thirsty Thursday - Oakland

Photo by Sarah PedersenWe’re excited to announce the next of 2014’s Thirsty Thursday series on March 27 from 6-8pm! Each month we’ll be hosting this happy hour and networking event, and we’ll alternate between East Bay and SF.

For the month of March, we'll be in the East Bay at Make Westing, located at 1741 Telegraph Ave in Oakland (near the 19th St Oakland BART station). Mark your calendars now and meet us there for some boozing and schmoozing with your fellow young nonprofit professionals. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 06:30 PM
The Asia Foundation in San Francisco, CA

Workshop: The Art of Public Speaking

Studies show that people fear public speaking more than death itself. Embrace your racing heart or sweaty palms by joining International Development Exchange Young Professionals Group, The Asia Foundation, and YNPNsfba to create a more confident and powerful presence.

Learn to engage your audience, organize your ideas, and think on your feet for your next job interview, meeting, or mixer.

This workshop will consist of presentations and activities which will provide you with tools to further develop your public speaking skills.

About_Lisa_-_Lisa_Rowland__San_Francisco_Improvisor.jpgFacilitated by Lisa Rowland, Principal Trainer at SpeechSkills. Lisa joined the SpeechSkills team in 2008 with an extensive background in corporate training and improvisation. In addition to her work with SpeechSkills, Lisa is a mainstage company member of BATS Improv. With BATS, Lisa has delivered improv-based trainings around presence, communication, teamwork, and creativity for premier clients, such as Facebook, Google, jetBlue, Oracle, and Virgin America.

RSVP for this free event here. 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 08:30 AM

TechConnect 2.0


TechConnect is back and only a few short days away! Is your Bay Area nonprofit ready to learn how to grow their network, choose the right productivity tools, hear about the latest fundraising trends, and more? Join SVCN’s HandsOn Tech Silicon Valley program for TechConnect 2.0: A Nonprofit Technology Conference on April 8th from 8:30-12:30. This conference will take place at the Redwood City Sobrato Center for Nonprofits at 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City CA 94065.

Learn the best advice from the top professionals in nonprofit technology including Media Cause, Tech Impact, Razoo, Indiegogo, Google, the Center for Digital Storytelling, Microsoft and more!

To register, click this link to visit our Eventbrite page. A limited number of scholarships are still available for nonprofit staff to attend on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any interest or questions, please contact the HandsOn Tech Program Director, Brian Mattos, at

 Become a YNPNsfba member before April 8 and attend the TechConnect 2.0 conference for free!*

TechConnect 2.0: A Nonprofit Technology Conference
In conjunction with great local and national nonprofit technology experts, SVCN is bringing a half-day nonprofit technology-focused conference to the Bay Area.

Join us for sessions that include:

Nonprofit Community Building*
Presenters: Media Cause - Eric Facas & Michelle Thai

Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Your Nonprofit 
Presenters: Tech Impact - Linda Widdup
Media Cause - Eric Facas
Moderated By: Digital Strategies - Sameer Siruguri

Crowd-funding Your Cause
Presenters: Razoo – Alex Kouts
Indiegogo - Breanna DiGiammarino
Fundly - Dennis Hu
Causes - Matt Wilson
Moderated By: Yapper Girl - Suzanne Oehler 

Developing Your Nonprofit Story
Presenter: Center for Digital Storytelling - Rob Kershaw

Showcasing Your Impact
Presenter: GreatNonprofits – Tara Verner


*YNPNsfba is delighted to be partnering with the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits to give new YNPNsfba members the chance to attend the TechConnect 2.0 conference at no additional cost. Simply become a YNPNsfba member before April 8 and attend the TechConnect 2.0 conference for free! Once registered, new members will receive a special code via email to use during the conference registration checkout.


Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM · 11 rsvps
Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, CA

YNPNsfba Members & Friends Hike Mt. Tam

Spring is in full swing and we're inviting YNPNsfba members and friends to join us for a daytime hike to Mt. Tam. 

We'll begin by meeting at the Visitor Center for a 10:00 a.m. start. We'll be hiking 1.4 miles with a 600' elevation change, this hike is easy and suitable for all experience levels. You can learn more about our planned trail here (it's the first hike listed).

If you'd like to attend but don't have a car, we are carpooling from the downtown Berkeley and San Francisco Embarcadero BART stations. Space is limited so if you'd like to carpool with us then email

*In the event of rain, we will meet up at the same spot and head to Dipsea Cafe for brunch. Please make sure to RSVP so we may send you a contact phone number so we can meet up for brunch.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM · 20 rsvps
Foundation Center - San Francisco in San Francisco, CA

YNPNsfba Article Salon: What Makes a Leader?

Join the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area (YNPNsfba) Article Salon to discuss our latest selection of educational and thought-provoking essays and articles for young professionals.

This month, the club will be discussing What Makes a Leader? by Daniel Goleman and How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader by The Bridgespan Group. 

Come join us for networking, lively discussion, and complimentary drinks and snacks. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Advancing Your Nonprofit Career: A Discussion with Local Nonprofit Leaders

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Are you a “young” professional who is interested in moving up the ranks in the nonprofit sector? Ever have questions about what next step you should take; grad school, a volunteer position, a new job?

Join YNPNsfba in Silicon Valley for an interactive speaker panel with nonprofit community leaders, and ask them yourself! Take this time to invest in yourself, and learn from the best!

**Light Food and Refreshments Sponsored by Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits


Camille Fontanilla, Executive Director of SOMOS Mayfair
Patricia Gardner, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
Yvonne Maxwell, Founder and Executive Director of Ujima Adult and Family Services
Laura Garrett, Program Coordinator of Planned Parenthood

Admission: Free
*Guests are encouraged to bring friends 

RSVP: here

Thursday, June 05, 2014 at 06:00 PM
General Assembly in San Francisco, CA

Workshop: Design-thinking & Creative Problem Solving Strategies

Are you passionate about social innovation and creative change? Do you believe that every problem has its own unique solution?Join us for an interactive and action-packed workshop guaranteed to generate new ideas to solve personal and professional challenges.

This workshop will consist of presentations and activities which will provide you with tools to further develop your problem solving skills.

Cost: FREE for YNPN members! $8 for non-members.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, CA

Nonprofit Boot Camp & Social Media for Nonprofits - Silicon Valley!

We are partnering with Nonprofit Boot Camp on June 10th and Social Media for Nonprofits conference on June 11th in Mountain View. 

Nonprofit Boot Camp has been reinvented with the goal of helping nonprofit decision-makers learn how to embrace change, failure and innovation.  Not only will you learn from top speakers on different aspects of nonprofit management, but also immerse yourself in a retreat-like setting with ample time for networking, one-on-one coaching, massage, creative exercises, live music and meditation & mindfulness.  There will also be an opportunity to get that professional headshot for your Linkedin and more!

Register Now >>>


The following day, Social Media for Nonprofits, the only conference series devoted to social media for social good, will convene at the same venue and time.  They'll cover topics on engagement, mindful social media, social fundraising in one day giving campaigns, like Silicon Valley Gives, how to marry social with mobile and more.  

Register Now >>>


3 ways to save: 

1. Get $30 off instantly by using Discount Code: YNPN 

2. Apply for their scholarship here >>>

*Scholarships are open to nonprofit organizations with valid 501c(3) or fiscal sponsorship status only. A strong preference is given to organizations with budget of $500,000 or less.

3. We will be giving away 2 tickets to the first 2 new members that sign-up for the YNPN Membership ($50/yr) & share this tweet on Twitter:

"I'm a new @YNPNsfba member! Send me to #SM4NP & #NPBC14 in SV:" 

* Please also forward your membership confirmation to with headline, "SM4NP/NPBC SV Twitter Promotion"
* deadline: June 6th 
* Sorry, no Consultants are able to receive this promotion. 
* You can choose tickets for either conference.

Read Ritu's Guest Post, "We are moving Towards Mindfulness And We Invite You To Join Us!"

Don't forget to come visit our booth at SM4NP! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Foundation Center San Francisco in San Francisco, CA

Speed Networking with Foundation Center & Young Educational Professionals

Join us for a speed networking event hosted by: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - SF Bay Area (YNPNsfba), Foundation Center-San Francisco, and Young Education Professionals-Bay Area (YEP)!

Here's an opportunity to mix n’ mingle with nonprofit and education colleagues in the Bay Area!

Past participants have included professionals from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience. Whether you’re an established non-profit/education professional, new to the industry or just looking to grow your network, this event will give you a chance to connect with other like-mind individuals. All are welcome.

Doors/Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Speed networking: 6-7:00 p.m.
Open networking: 7-7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Microsoft Conference Center

PARTNER EVENT: TechConnect 3.0


We are partnering with TechConnect to bring you awesome perks! 

TechConnect 3.0 will be covering topics on Google grants, unlocking meaningful information hidden in data, and top techniques for telling powerful and compelling stories for social change. 

This conference will take place at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View on July 8th from 1:00-5:30pm. Learn the best advice from the top professionals in nonprofit technology including Media Cause, LinkedIn, Taproot Foundation, Phoenix 2.0, and more! 

Register at: 

Non-members: SAVE 20% Using code “YNPN”
Members: Save 50% using code "YNPNDiscount"

What is TechConnect 3.0? 

In conjunction with great local and national nonprofit technology experts, SVCN is bringing a half-day nonprofit technology-focused conference to the Bay Area. Featured speakers include Bryan Breckenridge, the new Executive Director of and Peggy Duvette, Director of Social Impact at

Storytelling for Change Makers 101

Recognizing that "people will forget what you tell them, but never forget how you make them feel," Storytelling for Change Makers 101 will explore the unique power of stories, both video and in print, to move and inspire your nonprofit's audience.  
Presenter: Storytellers for Good - Cara Jones 

Ten Common Mistakes in Selecting Donor Databases (And How To Avoid Them)
Overbuying, under budgeting, letting the wrong people choose the database, falling in love with the salesperson... This workshop will identify and help you avoid common (and often expensive) mistakes when selecting a new database. The topics will include: Who should make the decision? What should you budget for? Assessing your needs and how to decide. 
Presenter: Robert Weiner

Demystifying Pro Bono Volunteers
Pro Bono volunteers can be very effective in delivering on the technology needs of your organization, yet they can be hard to come by and difficult to manage. During this session Taproot Foundation will share tips for setting up the right pro bono project for your organization, tools for finding the right volunteers, and best practices for managing these projects.  
Taproot Foundation - Cheryl Timoney
LinkedIn - Alison Dorsey 

Unpacking Your Data
Data analytics is becoming an increasingly powerful tool to help nonprofits quantify impact, increase funding, and meet future goals. But while you may have taken the first step by collecting data, understanding what your data means can be challenging. Learn what questions you can start answering during this session led by Delta Analytics, a provider of pro bono data services. 
Presenters: Delta Analytics

Adopting to Technology Change in Your Nonprofit 
Tips and tricks for how to choose and deploy new technology in your organization – best practices for infrastructure, governance and user adoption.
PresenterPhoenix 2.0 - Alex Rayter

Optimizing Your Google Ad Grant 
Get started with your Google Ad Grant for your nonprofit. Learn new ways to optimize your spending, generate new leads, and key practices for success. 
Presenter: Media Cause - Eric Facas

Social Entrepreneurship And Technology 
To tech or not to tech? As a social entrepreneur, do you need technology, or can you be successful offline?  Come learn how you can achieve your goals in social entrepreneurship, by being mission driven and generating revenue. 
Presenter: UniversalGiving - Pamela Hawley

For more information about SVCN visit
For more information about HandsOn Tech visit


**A limited number of scholarships are available for nonprofit staff to attend on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any interest or questions, please contact the HandsOn Tech Program Director, Brian Mattos, at

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