Upcoming Lunch and Learn with Diane Bessel


Tuesday, November 18
12pm – 1pm
The Saturn Club
977 Delaware Ave. | Buffalo, NY

Nonprofit Advocacy: Using the Power of Storytelling for Greater Impact!
with Dr. Diane Bessel

Dr. Bessel has a wide range of professional interests including strategic planning community-based research, program design, evaluation, interprofessional collaboration, and social policy. She received her Masters of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and is certified in Nonprofit Management. She also holds Doctorate in Sociology from the University at Buffalo where she taught community social work, advanced policy analysis, research methods, and a variety of other courses for fifteen years. She is currently Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at Daemen College in addition to being a Non-Profit Consultant.

Lunch has been generously provided by St. Bonaventure University.

Seating is limited. Registration is required to attend.

Please respect the Saturn Club’s dress code:
Gentlemen: khakis or trousers, collared shirts. Coats and ties not required.
Ladies: casual slacks with appropriate tops.
Denim, sandals, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are not permitted.

Click here for directions to the Saturn Club
Parking is available onsite but is first come, first serve.

Lunch and Learn Handouts

Thank you again to Bruce Campbell of St. Bonaventure University for sharing with attendees information about Student Loan Repayment and Loan Forgiveness.


If you were unable to attend you may view or download the YNPN Student Loan Information powerpoint or Bruce’s Handouts as .pdf files.


To learn more about St. Bonaventure’s programs or for information on their Graduate Information Session, visit their website: http://www.sbu.edu/

Lunch and Learn

Please join us or our first Lunch & Learn of the year!

Thursday, October 30

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

742 Delaware Avenue

Bruce Campbell, Director of Graduate Admissions at St. Bonaventure University, will be speaking about student loan forgiveness for individuals working in the nonprofits.

The presentation will outline the various repayment options and loan forgiveness possibilities that are now in place for student loan debt. The presentation will also touch upon loan consolidation into the federal direct lending program for those that have loans under the ‘old’ system (that is, with banks).

Bring your questions and bring your lunch!

This event is free to attend but registration is required.

This event is limited to 20 participants.

To register please click here.

YNPN Greater Bflo Summit: Building 21st Century Leaders for the Common Good (in collaboration with Canisius College’s Communication & Leadership Graduate Program)

YNPN Greater Bflo is excited to announce theYNPN Greater Bflo Summit: Building 21st Century Leaders for the Common Good. The summit is designed to provide an opportunity for training, leadership development, and networking for YNPN Greater Bflo members (over 300) and other young nonprofit leaders. The theme for the 2014 Summit is “21st Century Leaders for the Common Good.” This full-day program will bring nonprofit and other young professionals together to learn about forward practices presented by community partners and various professional development organizations. This will allow for a meaningful opportunity for non-profit and other area young professionals to lead their respected organizations and communities towards increasing the common good, improving the quality of life, and promoting the impact of YNPN as a pipeline for 21st Century leadership.

Early bird registration has opened for individuals interested in attending the summit. There is a $20.00 registration fee. After April 15, the registration fee will increase to $25.00. To register, please CLICK HERE.

8:15am-9:00am - Coffee & Registration

9:00am - Welcome and YNPN Introduction
YNPN Leadership Team and Ambassadors

9:15am - Socio-Economic Challenges of WNY, Dr. Diane Bessel
Presented by Diane R. Bessel, PhD, LMSW, CNM

9:45am - Work on Purpose
Presented by The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

10:55am - Board Training & Leadership
Presented by United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

11:40am - Lunch at Grupp Fireside Lounge
A message from YNPN National

1:00pm - Fundraising 101
Presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Buffalo

1:45pm - Creating a Marketing Plan
Presented by The Advertising Club of Buffalo

3:00pm - Strategic Planning
Presented by Leadership Buffalo

4:30pm - Happy Hour + Networking @Grupp Fireside Lounge (cash only)

Welcome YNPN Greater Bflo!

Join Us!

The Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Greater Buffalo (YNPN Greater Bflo) provides professional development and networking opportunities to individuals interested in strengthening themselves and the nonprofit sector. We are a community of professionals working and living throughout the Greater Buffalo area who connect through our Professional Development Lunch and Learn Series to Themed-Networking Events, as well as through online communities.

Joining YNPN Greater Bflo means you’re plugging yourself into a network of young nonprofit professionals in our area. There are no specific criteria for becoming a member. YNPN Greater Bflo members include mid-career professionals as well as those new to the nonprofit sector, recent college graduates, and others committed to the future of nonprofits in and around Buffalo. But, becoming a member is the easiest and most direct way to engage with and make the most of the Western New York nonprofit community, so get on it!

How do I join?

To become a member of YNPN Greater Bflo you must join our membership directory by filling out the form below, and actively engage with the YNPN Greater Bflo community by volunteering with us or by attending at least one of our events a year. Joining YNPN Greater Bflo is free!!!!! Our events are designed with the core twenties and thirties YNPN demographic in mind, but they are not by any means exclusive. Every person of any age or experience is welcome and encouraged to reach out and get to know the YNPN network! You don’t have to be a YNPN member to attend, but hey, you’re already halfway there, so why not just fill out the membership form and make it official!

Benefits to completing this form and becoming a member include:

■Opportunities to serve on one of our committees and get more deeply involved with our work
■Opportunities to particpate in our Lunch and Learn Series and Themed-Networking Opportunities