History of GRYP
GRYP Presidential Hall of Fame
In 2015, GRYP was comprised of over 500 general members and sports league members who lived, worked and socialized within the Greater Reading area. GRYP created valuable opportunities for young professionals to get connected, while providing a forum for networking, education, philanthropy, sports, recreation, leadership development, social activities and professional development. As an organization that supports the Greater Reading community through its mission to attract, engage and retain young professionals in our area, GRYP received tremendous support from the community through its Corporate Partnership program, GRYP Gala (“G!G!”) Sponsorship program, community leaders, volunteers and friends. In 2015, GRYP awarded $12,000 in grants to local non-profits with projects and initiatives related to GRYP’s 2015 Community Cause: Urban Revitalization.
In 2014, GRYP entered its eleventh year as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization and continued to emerge as the premier organization in the Greater Reading area for young professionals. With GRYP’s mission centered on attracting, engaging and retaining young professionals, GRYP was recognized as more than just a networking organization. GRYP continued to provide countless opportunities for professional development, philanthropy, education, recreation and sports, volunteerism, leadership development and more to the young professionals and future leaders of the Greater Reading region. GRYP awarded $16,000 in grants to local non-profits with projects and initiatives related to GRYP’s 2014 Community Cause: Urban Revitalization.
GRYP celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. Under the leadership of the board of directors, GRYP develop a strategic process to drive its fundraising and volunteering efforts. As a result, GRYP awarded more than $20,000 in grants to local nonprofits through its Greater Reading Young Professionals Community Engagement fund of Berks County Community Foundation. GRYP also celebrated top businesses in the community, as voted by members.
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Many newer GRYP members are in leadership roles and are joining the GRYP board of Directors to replace some of the founding GRYP members and early volunteers. Membership and leadership of GRYP is always evolving. New strategies are being put in place to better serve GRYP members and the Greater Reading Community, and keep GRYP growing to support future needs of young professionals in Greater Reading.
Membership now stands at over 400 paid members. More than 80 volunteers are leading GRYP forward. 3-5 events are offered every month with a wide variety in types of events. New sports league is started. Contracted with BCCF to provide part-time staff support. Redesign of GRYP website is completed offering better function, more information, and attractive look and feel. First Leadership Berks scholarship is awarded to a GRYP member. Corporate sponsorship packages developed to grow Corporate Support and GRYP membership.
Nominating and Development Committees are added, expanding GRYP’s organizational structure to 9 committees and 25 subcommittees. 54 events are held in 2010. New cohesive marketing strategies are developed, including print brochures, e newsletter, social media, and first annual report. Formal board nomination process is developed, Advisory Board of Community leaders is formed, connections with local colleges are established, first GRYP Intern is hired, and a Field of Interest Fund at Berks County Community Foundation is started.
Membership grows to over 300 paid members. Costumes on Corridor and the Community Fair events are started. First Legislative Mixer is held. GRYP begins to become known in the community as a viable organization and is regularly asked to participate in a variety of community activities.
GRYP website expands to include membership database, making the membership and payment process totally automated. Membership grows to over 200 paid members. GRYP is incorporated and obtains 501c6 tax exempt status. First GiGi Gala event is started to benefit community organizations annually, and over $15,000 is raised for Security Cameras in Reading. The Community Advancement Committee is added and contributing to the overall community becomes a focus area for GRYP. The Legislative Impact Committee is also added to develop relationships with elected officials.
GRYP has over 80 paid members. First website was developed to share basic event and organizational information. 500 + YP’s getting bi-weekly email updates of upcoming events, which are held at least once per month, and a regular following of members emerges who become very active in leadership. Board of Directors of 23 members is formed, 5 Committees with 5 or more members on each doing the work for the organization.
Strategic Planning leads to YPN Berks becoming GRYP. Relaunch event was held at Canal Street in Reading with great attendance. Mission and Vision statements were developed and accurately describe what GRYP is all about.
2004 - 2005
Networking events were held monthly. Membership was 20-30 members, but attendance at events was sporadic. A few members ran the organization and it was difficult to develop any traction to grow.
YPN Berks was founded by the Manufacturers Association of Berks County with a Stay Invent PA Grant, for the purpose of young professionals to develop business networks and leadership skills. The reason for forming the group was that many college grads were moving away to other states. PA made funding available to begin Young Professional organizations across the state. A Group of Business leaders in Greater Reading selected young professionals from their businesses to join and plan a kick off event, held at Canal Street, with over 175 people in attendance. Monthly events were then planned by a steering committee comprised of 8 people.