YNPN Phoenix Celebrates 5th Annual LINK Event


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YNPN Phoenix Celebrates 5th Annual LINK Event

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network hosts annual social pitch competition

March 14, 2019, Phoenix, Ariz. — Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Phoenix, a network of diverse thought leaders dedicated to creating a thriving, resilient and inclusive social sector in Phoenix, is recognizing Valley-area nonprofit leadership talent with the 5th Annual LINK: Learn, inspire, network, know.

LINK is a social cause pitch competition where six nonprofit leaders share three-minute stories about how the causes and organizations they support are transforming the social, cultural and economic integrity of Arizona while improving the health and well-being of our communities. At the end of the night, attendees vote to award $500.00 to the most captivating and inspirational message of social change.

“LINK is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Rhette Baughman, president of YNPN Phoenix. “It allows nonprofit professionals and those involved in social awareness and philanthropy to come together and really learn about the great work occurring throughout Greater Phoenix and the state. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun.”

2019’s lineup of presenters represents an ambitious and innovative Arizona social landscape and includes:

  • Jason Carlyle, Resource Development Manager at Stardust Building Supplies
  • Adrian Jamieson, Resource and Program Development Manager at Voices for CASA Children
  • Nick Jensen, Volunteer at Shot in the Dark
  • Christopher Priebe, CEO of Cultivate Coffee
  • Tanner Swanson, Annual Fund Administrator of A New Leaf
  • Colleen Tighe, Executive Director of The Arc of Tempe

LINK will be held Wednesday, March 20, at the Phoenix Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Ariz., from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to network, have their picture taken by Jessica Simpson Photography and enjoy food and drinks in the courtyard before presentations begin. YNPN Phoenix will be conducting a raffle with prizes from Valley-area businesses throughout the evening.

The 5th Annual LINK is sponsored by Four Leaf Financial and Accounting, Arizona Community Foundation, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges, Roaming Hills and Career Blindspot.

Please visit for additional information and to purchase tickets. A group discount is available for groups of five or more.

Introducing the 2019 LINK Emcee, Katie Thorson!

"LINK is honestly my favorite event to go to each year. It’s high energy, inspiring, and full of passionate leaders doing our best to make the world the way it should be. I’ve been involved with LINK in almost every capacity but I don’t think I’ve been more excited than to have the honor of being emcee" - Katie Thorson, 2019 LINK Emcee

Katie Thorson is a Masters of Education graduate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Born and raised in Minnesota, she moved to Arizona in 2014 to pursue a career in nonprofit. She has had the honor of serving in multiple organizations as staff, volunteer, board and committee member. Among her most proud moments is winning YNPN Phoenix's LINK in 2016. She currently works as the Director of Special Projects at St. Joseph the Worker, using her creativity, energy and passion to help people become employed. In addition to her nonprofit career, Katie is the founder of lookfeeldoPHX, her side hustle that helps to empower people to do their best through makeup.

Join us for the 5th annual YNPN Phoenix LINK on March 20, 2019!

Growing Professionally: How? Where? When? Why?

By Hallie Rexer, Board Member and Programs Chair, YNPN Phoenix









It seems everywhere we look there is a networking event, professional development program, or webinar. Deciding where to put forth time and resources can be difficult. The YNPN Leadership Roundtable on Tuesday, February 26th gave us the opportunity to learn about many of the leadership programs throughout the Valley.

Each of the programs brings a unique value. Depending on your personal goals, you can be certain to find the right fit for you. As many of these programs will have an expense and time commitment, I recommend doing your research before applying. At the YNPN Leadership Roundtable, I was able to chat with each of the presenters from the organizations listed below.

Here are questions I have learned to ask:

  1. Do you have an open event that I may attend to learn more or meet with alumni?
  2. How long is the program?
  3. What are the dates/what is the time commitment? (For example, some programs are once a month 8 am – 5 pm on a Friday.)
  4. How many individuals go through the program each year?
  5. Is there a scholarship available for nonprofits?
  6. How many nonprofit professionals are in the program each year?
  7. Is there a class project?
  8. When is the application deadline? Is there a cost associated?


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A special thank you to our hosting sponsor, Better Business Bureau Arizona!

Our YNPN LINK Title Sponsor: Four Leaf Financial & Accounting

At Four Leaf Financial & Accounting, we know thriving communities are built on strong financial foundations. That’s why we work tirelessly to empower nonprofits and community-focused businesses with the financial tools and knowledge they need to increase their impact on the world.

We believe when you invest in the welfare of others, communities are transformed and lives are changed. We are proud to partner exclusively with organizations, like YNPN, who are working hard every day to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges.

Jenn Dimeck and Jill Foley from Left to RightYNPN Phoenix and the LINK event are pivotal to our story. Jenn Dimeck and Jill Foley are board alums who first met at a YNPN happy hour over 3 years ago. Through many committee meetings, happy hours, and professional interactions, they formed a mutual professional respect and deep friendship. This led to the merger of their individual accounting practices in January 2019.

Jill Foley was instrumental in elevating LINK to the much-anticipated successful event it is today. This was also noticed by the YNPN national board. Jill and former YNPN President, Elyse Guidas, were asked to present a workshop on the event at the YNPN National Conference in Atlanta.

LINK gives the nonprofit community the opportunity that many of our for-profit counterparts take for granted – the opportunity to pitch a cause you are passionate about, telling a room of potential partners and donors why it matters and how they can be invested. But before the pitches happen, the coaching begins. LINK provides professional pitch coaching, giving our participants tools to speak confidently and effectively about their mission.

Like YNPN, Four Leaf is committed to building the capacity of our clients. Changing the world is serious business, and the reality is many organizations simply lack the time, knowledge, or capacity to ensure their financial house is in order. Through our various accounting and consulting services, we equip them with accurate and accessible financial data, so they are empowered to make well-informed decisions and serve to their greatest capacity.

Four Leaf is honored to be a part of this year’s LINK event and to celebrate the event’s 5th anniversary and the birth of our partnership.


Register for LINK today!

It’s Your Right to Speak Up!

By Liz Salazar, Board Member and Communications Committee Member, YNPN Phoenix

All over our country, citizens are looking for ways to be more civically engaged. We have seen unprecedented activism in Arizona, from packing committee hearings at the state legislature to tens of thousands of demonstrators marching on the capitol. There are many ways to make your voice heard in 2019, but Arizona’s Request to Speak system is a great tool that everyone can use from the comfort of their home.

Request to Speak (RTS) is an online form that allows you to weigh in on any bill and go on record with your opinion. Using RTS, you can express that you are for, against or neutral regarding legislation that affects our everyday lives as citizens of Arizona. You can even leave a comment or indicate that you want to provide commentary in person at a hearing.

The best part of RTS is that whether you live in Page, Tombstone, or any other city across our great state, you can have a direct voice on legislation that is debated at the capitol in Phoenix. Request to Speak makes civic engagement accessible to Arizonans far and wide. Another great thing about RTS is that you can see who else has signed in on a bill and view what their positions are, whether they are private citizens, corporations, or advocacy organizations.

The catch is that in order to sign up you have to physically come to the state capitol and use one of the computers in the House or the Senate. So many great advocacy organizations have helped make this easier for us by going to the capitol on our behalf once we have given them permission to do so.

Check out Expect More Arizona’s blog for a video on how to use Request to Speak. There is also web form to help you sign up for an RTS account.

Once you’re signed up, make sure to follow your favorite advocacy organizations to keep track of bills. These organizations will usually send a text or email when an important bill is going to be heard in a committee. Once you’ve decided your position, you can log in to RTS and make your voice heard. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your elected officials know where you stand!