September 2017
Fall into fabulous WIDN programming

What a wonderful way to kick off the WIDN program year with #ILGive and Giving Tuesday presentation.  If you weren't able to attend the meeting, please check WIDN's website for the slides from the talk.
October's program's topic will be how to create a successful fundraising board.  I know this is a struggle for many of us, including me.  I look forward to learning more about new strategies to keep my board engaged and energized with fundraising.
Remember to renew your membership today!  You don't want to miss out on networking opportunities with your peers and engaging programs.
I look forward to seeing you at the October 10 th meeting.
Lisa Frey

WIDN President


WIDN 2017-18 Board

President - Lisa Frey
Membership Chair - Lauren Chilvers 
Program Co-Chairs -
Marilyn Foster Kirk
Steven Solomon
Secretary -  Joanne Bertsche
Treasurer - Bonnie Bates
Webmaster -  Lisa D'Angelo
Nominating Chair - Maureen Stabile
Social Media - Rachael Josephsen

WIDN Website Quick Links

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The October Program is Sure to Fire Up Your Board

PresenterLaura Kaufman, President, Partners in Effective Philanthrophy

Topic: Fundraising Stars on Board: Building a Successful Fundraising Board. 

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Learn how to partner with your board of directors to build a corps of strong Board fundraisers with this interactive presentation. Learn key strategies for improving your Board's involvement in fundraising. This is an excellent opportunity to invite your Board President or a key Board Member as a guest and get them excited about building an effective team.

Laura Kaufman has run foundations and non-profit organizations for 30+ years.  She is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Partners in Effective Philanthropy.  The firm helps nonprofits craft effective strategies for raising the funds they need and creating the change they desire.  Since opening in 2008, Partners in Effective Philanthropy has worked with over 50 local and national non-profit organizations.

Please Note: Due to Museum security requirements, only pre-registered members and guests will be allowed to attend.

Stay for the Exhibit after the October Board Meeting

After the October program, W IDN attendees will also have the chance to see the Illinois Holocaust Museum's acclaimed current special exhibition at no charge. 
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution  presents the extraordinary life and career of Bill Graham, the Holocaust refugee who launched the careers of countless music legends like The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, and produced humanitarian concerts such as Human Rights Now! and Live Aid to raise the consciousness of the world. Check out this short promo video: .  

Plan Ahead for a November Program Focused on Grantmaking

PresentersPamela Cairns & Robin Berkson, Leading Health Futures

Topic: Attaining and Managing Grants

When:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: Evanston Township High School


Learn about successful grant-raising experiences including:

  • How-to's for the five phases of the grants life cycle (identifying prospects, developing relationships, preparing competitive submissions, stewarding every response - favorable or otherwise; and renewals);
  • Insights into designing effective programs;  
  • Practical approaches to keep grant-raising strategy connected to program staff and finance
Development Day Chicago 2017

In case you had not heard, AFP Chicago is re-imagining the Midwest Conference on Philanthropy as Development Day Chicago. Development Day Chicago will be on October 3  at the Sheraton Grand Chicago and is presented in partnership with Kellogg School of Management.
Development Day Chicago 2017  is AFP Chicago's newest take on day-long education and networking for fundraisers of all levels from diverse backgrounds. Over the decades, AFP Chicago has observed and responded to the shift in how people learn; how people want to meet and mingle with each other; and how the landscape of philanthropy continues to shift. Development Day Chicago replaces the former Midwest Conference on Philanthropy with a refreshed format that's interactive and full of time to learn from experts while sharing ideas with your fellow fundraisers.
Development Day Chicago 2017 invites hundreds of fundraisers to the Sheraton Grand Chicago for a full day of creative sessions under the theme of the Changing Lenses of Philanthropy. We'll offer four different tracks - or focuses -  for learning, Get the Gift, Lead the Gift, Connected Fundraising, and Fundraising by Segment. Each focus will offer three sessions throughout the day and each area has at least one advanced level session to engage fundraisers at the executive end of the spectrum. There are plenty of offerings for those of us in the mid-range of our careers to those who are relatively new to the profession.
More information is available at: .  The registration price for members is $300. For non-members, the price is $350.