Affinity groups

nonprofit networking nashville

CNM offers several free networking opportunities designed to help you engage with other nonprofit professionals to share best practices and get advice in areas you need the most help in. Scroll down to read more about CEO Conversations, Young Nonprofit Professionals, Directors Network, and Nashville's Nonprofit HR Leaders, and CFO Circle.


Young Nonprofit Professionals is a community of over 135 members who engage in intentional conversations about building a career in the nonprofit sector. A mixture of professional development sessions and social outings offer an opportunity to network with peers, learn about nonprofit trends, and develop a voice for their generation in the nonprofit sector.

Membership is based on the calendar year and will conclude on December 31, 2017.

Eligibility to join: Under 40 years of age and early in your nonprofit career

Dues: $50  -  2017 Membership is not pro-rated.

Membership Benefits:

  • Monthly sessions including six professional development seminars
  • Networking events with peers, nonprofit leaders, and presenting experts 

Click here to purchase your YNP membership online.

To pay by check, mail or email the 2017 YNP Membership Form to Thomas Carr.

For more information contact Thomas at


The CEO Conversations series is a free monthly learning and networking opportunity for nonprofit executive directors and CEOs. With a mix of educational and social opportunities, executives will be able to learn from one another and meet other Middle Tennessee leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are for nonprofit chief executives. The CEO or executive director of any CNM-member agency is automatically eligible to attend these sessions. Register for CEO Conversations events on the Workshop Calendar.


The Directors Network affinity group consists of key director-level staff at nonprofit agencies. Our goal is to provide this group with an experience similar to the CEO Network events but focused on the needs and challenges facing Directors. If you are not familiar with the CEO Network, this is a group of events sponsored and hosted by CNM that includes a monthly breakfast meeting at which CEOs discuss issues and challenges with peers through a facilitated conversation. Because of the success of this program, a group of CEOs recommended that CNM reach out with a similar program to senior level “Director” staff. We know that Director–level means different things in each organization but the general idea is:

If you are faced with the challenges and opportunities of running a major program and/or supervising staff for your organization, this group is for you.


The Nashville's Nonprofit HR Leaders affinity group is for human resource leaders at nonprofit agencies. The group provides an opportunity for HR professionals to develop a strong network around the unique challenges and opportunities associated with the HR function in a nonprofit environment.

Nashville's Nonprofit HR Leaders meets bi-monthly for round table discussions, professional development, and resource sharing. Membership is open to professionals from CNM-member agencies with an annual budget above $2 million.

If you are faced with the challenges and opportunities of running an HR department for your organization, this group is for you.

If you would like to join, please email  for more information.


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The newest affinity group, CFO Circle, is designed for CFOs and finance directors at the management level of nonprofits with budgets of $500,000 and above, whose agencies are also CNM members.

Bi-monthly sessions, presented in partnership with Pinnacle Financial Partners, will include speakers presenting useful and current information on a variety of issues facing financial professionals.

The CFO Circle will cultivate relationships among financial professionals to promote best practices, the sharing of information, and the establishment of a network for support.

Register for CFO Circle sessions on CNM's Workshop Calendar.

For more information, email the group leaders at