Young nonprofit professionals network board members tour local nonprofit Literacy KC

Young Nonprofit Professionals


The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City (YNPNkc) provides diverse opportunities for networking around Kansas City, and partners with Nonprofit Connect to offer professional development programming.

YNPNkc promotes the recruitment, development and retention of young professionals in the nonprofit sector to support and enhance a strong, dynamic nonprofit community. We offer young and emerging nonprofit leaders the assistance they need as individuals and as a group to realize their full potential.


All you have to do to get involved with YNPNkc is join us for an event!

We have no membership fee, and we offer both free and paid social and professional development programs. You do not have to be a member of Nonprofit Connect to attend. YNPNkc welcomes people of all ages, although most of our members are in their 20s and 30s and are working in the nonprofit sector.

We are a chapter of the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, which includes 34 chapters nationwide representing over 40,000 young nonprofit professionals.


We typically offer one or two programs per month. YNPNkc Programs Include:

All-Access Tours of local nonprofit organizations

Lunch & Learns on professional development topics for young professionals

Coffee Talks with local nonprofit CEOs and experts

Happy Hours and social events

Join us at our next program!

YNPNkc Board of Directors 2018

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City Board of Directors is a working board of dynamic, diverse leaders that help steer the course of YNPNkc's program and activities. To contact the board, send an email to

Cassie Pikarsky, Truman Library Institute

Stephanie Whitacre, BKD LLP

Andrew Lang, Starlight Theatre

Nonprofit Connect Liaison
Jackie Baker, Nonprofit Connect

Lyndsay Burden, Children's Mercy

Drew Elliott, KCPT, Kansas City PBS

Rachel Hodgson, Children's Mercy

Bri Hopkins, Youth Symphony of Kansas City

Mackenzie Lutz, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

Ashley Patton, Visit KC

Rachel Russell, Literacy KC

Birju Solanki, Kansas City Free Eye Clinic

Ashley Williamson, Women's Employment Network

Kristen Wright, Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas


Thank you to our generous series sponsor for 2018!

Merrigan & Co. Logo, Nonprofit Connect Sponsors

Questions about YNPNkc?

Contact the Board of Directors.