Last year, a group of young people recognized a dearth in the greater South Bay of a networking group for professionals in their 20s and 30s – a place for them to gather, mingle, forge personal and professional connections, and work together to raise money for charity. So they did something about it. They registered 310YP – a name that marries the 310 area code with "Young Professionals," their targetted members. 310YP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on philanthropy as well as building strong business connections.
Together with committee chairpersons, the board works hard to put on regular events for young adults living and working in the 310 area. Their programs not only help young professionals network but they are also for charities.
Todd Anderson, the chief operating officer for 310YP, said the board’s vision is for 310YP to embody all the tenets of a truly charitable organization. “A lot of us had been involved in other networking groups and part of larger organizations and I think we were all looking to start something on our own that really just gives all of its proceeds back to charity,” he said, “so that’s why we’re so involved and volunteering our time.
“You know, a lot of the money we might raise at networking events [when we were affiliated with other organizations] covered operating expenses and salaries and overhead and when we put on events we couldn’t truly say all the proceeds went to charity. And now, with our own organization, we can.”
Already, 310YP has successfully organized a handful of mixers and events at hotels and venues around the South Bay. Past events include a holiday dinner, cocktail parties, trunk shows, and the Manhattan Beach 10K.
310YP really does donate all of its proceeds and donations from organized events to charity. Each board member has handpicked a local charity, and at the end of this year all proceeds raised will be divvied up between those organizations they have chosen. 310YP has secured backing from some prominent sponsors, including Wells Fargo, and invites donations, although presently it is awaiting clearance of its financial reports from the IRS in order to claim tax-exempt status.
For Anderson, being able to give money back to different charities while also helping build strong business connections between the community is what makes 310YP an altogether rewarding endeavor.
Members of 310YP range between the ages of 25 and 40. The group is open to anyone that is associated with the 310 area code. For more information about the organization you can visit their homepage: 310yp.org