The 2017 Celebration Awards

Celebration Awards

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Do you know a remarkable young nonprofit professional who deserves recognition by their peers? Do you have a supervisor who goes out of their way to support you? Is there an associate board going beyond what’s required to support their nonprofit? Or do you work for a trailblazing nonprofit that collaborates well with other organizations? This is your chance to recognize them!

At YNPN Chicago’s Annual Celebration, we recognize the accomplishments and outstanding achievements of the Chicago nonprofit sector by presenting awards to leaders in the community. This year’s awards will be presented on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in front of 150 attendees as well as featured online with our community of over 6,000 members.

About the Awards

Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year
YNPN Chicago’s annual Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago nonprofit sector through exemplary leadership at their organization and/or through volunteer involvement in the Chicago community. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

Supervisor of the Year
A good supervisor is crucial to supporting young nonprofit professionals in navigating career challenges and inspiring and sustaining dedication to the sector. YNPN Chicago’s Supervisor of the Year Award recognizes someone who provides exemplary mentorship to emerging nonprofit leaders in Chicago through active personal and professional development. We seek to recognize an individual who exceeds the expectations of their professional and/or volunteer role(s) in the sector.

Associate Board of the Year
Associate Boards (a.k.a. Junior Boards, Auxiliary Boards) are an essential link between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, broadening support for nonprofit organizations, and developing a leadership pipeline for nonprofit governing boards. YNPN Chicago’s Associate Board of the Year Award will recognize an outstanding non-governing board that serves as an asset to the nonprofit community by allowing individuals from across professional sectors to unite in support of a nonprofit organization and the nonprofit community. This award will honor an Associate Board which demonstrates innovation and maximizing collaboration to achieve measurable annual goals.

Nonprofit of the Year
Chicago is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. The diversity of their missions and programs allows them to address some of society’s greatest needs. They serve as leaders in the community, and, with few resources, work to make the world a better place. This award will honor a nonprofit organization that exemplifies leadership in the sector and provides support for the young professionals it employs.


Please view individual nomination applications for specific criteria and restrictions. All nominations must be completed using the applications below and submitted by April 20. A special award committee of the YNPN Chicago Executive Board will review applications and select up to five finalists. Following the selection process, a public, online vote will determine the award winners.

Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award
>Supervisor of the Year Award
>Nonprofit of the Year Award
>Associate Board of the Year Award


Interested in sponsoring YNPN Chicago’s Celebration? See our sponsor levels and benefits here. For questions, please contact Heather at heather@ynpnchicago.org

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