Become a YANA Member!

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YANA is entirely volunteer-led, and relies on the generosity of its members and those who believe in social good to support its inspiring programs.

Membership Benefits

As a YANA Member with an annual donation of $35* or more, you can:

  • Register early and receive discounts to YANA events;
  • Participate in professional development programming, including the YANA Roundtable and Mentorship Program;
  • Submit content to be considered for the YANA newsletter and website;
  • Nominate a Yale-affiliated nonprofit for Spotlight profile consideration;
  • Join and support a community of change-makers.
*$35 is the minimum gift level to maintain your annual YANA membership

Giving to YANA

Annual YANA membership levels are described below. YANA Members are invited to make an increased contribution towards YANA's General Operations or the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship (see details below). All contributed amounts above $35 will be applied towards the program you select.

  • Friend – $35
  • Advocate – $50
  • Patron – $100
  • Innovator – $500
  • Game Changer – $1,000
  • Leader — $5,000+

About YANA

YANA was formed in 2011 in New York City by a small group of like-minded, mission-driven Yale alums who envisioned organizing and leveraging Yale's social purpose community for the greater good. YANA is now a 501(c)(3) with official Chapters throughout the US, including Denver, New England, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. In 2017 the Yale Alumni Board of Governors recognized YANA with the AYA Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

YANA's membership represents a diverse and dedicated group of individuals, whose nonprofit and social impact interests include the arts and culture, climate change, education, healthcare, poverty, and social justice. Membership is open to all who are mission-driven and committed to making the world a better place, whether or not you have a direct Yale affiliation.

YANA's programs include the YANA Roundtable, a series of educational forums; the on-campus Speaker Series for Yale students; and the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship. YANA also produces a national newsletter as well as events throughout the year across all Chapters, including panels and presentations featuring industry experts covering the latest social impact issues.

We are always open to collaborations with other nonprofits, social impact organizations, and alumni associations.

YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship

Summer internships can be crucial in launching an undergraduate on the social impact career path. Often, summer internships in these fields are unpaid, preventing many Yale students from pursuing such opportunities due to financial burdens. Even with existing support offered through the University, Yale Clubs, alumni, and others, funding constraints continue. Nearly 140 Yale undergraduate students over the past two years have turned down internships for lack of adequate funding.

To reduce some of these barriers, YANA has partnered with Dwight Hall to create the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship. The program helps Yale students who receive financial aid and who have a demonstrated commitment to the social impact sector by providing them with financial assistance during their summer internship, introducing them to the YANA alumni network, and providing mentoring, training and other assistance. YANA launched its commitment in 2017 by funding two summer interns.

Donations to YANA and in support of this program will allow us to fulfill our goal to support more students going forward.