WIDN had an especially useful and informative presentation on October 10 by Laura Kaufman, President, Partners in Effective Philanthropy.  Her “Fundraising Stars on Board: Building a Successful Fundraising Board” focused on specific tactics development directors can use to get more out of their board. Thanks to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and Eve Samson for hosting WIDN.  The presentation slides are located in the “WIDN Members Only”  tab/resources.

Laura Kaufman and WIDN members

10.17 Kaufman presentation


Next meeting: Tuesday, November 7th.   Attaining and Managing Grants with Pamela Cairns and Robin Berkson of Leading Health Futures

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Founded in 1985, Women in Development North (WIDN) is dedicated to advancing professionals the development with education and networking opportunities.  We also welcome those in transition and as well as individuals with other professional ties to development.

WIDN provides members with monthly meetings on key development concepts and issues. We hold our meetings in various locations throughout the northern suburbs so that you will find them easily accessible.

Women in Development North is an approved provider of continuing education credit for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. Most of our events are eligible for CFRE points; see program descriptions for details.

Our reasonable annual membership ($40) and our emphasis on timely topics has translated into a robust organization. We currently have about 80 members.

As the co-founder of WIDN over 30 years ago, I am both delighted and impressed to see how the organization has grown and continues to provide such wonderful support for development professionals.  The varied topics presented at our meetings are so important, as they increase our knowledge and sharpen our abilities to raise funds for our nonprofit organizations and clients. -Francine Friedman, CFRE


Attaining and Managing Grants with Pamela Cairns & Rachel Sacks of Leading Health Futures @ Evanston Township High School Foundation
Nov 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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 an effective programs; and
-Practical approaches to keep grant-raising strategy connected to program staff and finance.


Pamela Cairns   To learn more about Pam Click here


To read about Rachel Sacks  Click here

Parking: Visitor parking is available on Dodge Ave. across from the main school entrance (Lot 7) and in the rear (west side) of the school. The rear entrance parking (Lot 1) can be accessed from either Church St. on the north or Lake St. on the south. If parking in the rear of the school, enter through the South Entrance- Door 2. All visitors must present a photo ID upon entering to receive a visitor pass. If you are unable to find a “visitor” spot, park in any open spot and let the security guard know upon entry so you will not be ticketed.

This presentation is eligible for 1.5 CFRE credits.

Developing Major Gift Strategies Workshop with CCS Fundraising ∙ Development Services ∙ Strategic Consulting @ Rotary International
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Major Gift Strategies: There are many factors in a major gift request that are beyond our control, so we must control every factor that we can. Developing a major gift strategy for each key prospect will allow you to identify the most capable and ready prospects and determine the best approach. Being armed with a strategy, you will increase chances of success to secure the largest gift possible and open the door to your next request.

This workshop, lead by Laura Aikens, Senior Vice President of CCS offers 3 CFRE credits.  Laura’s bio is below.

Parking: Please leave time for parking knowing that the meters have time restrictions. We recommend using the paid garage at (Sherman Plaza Self Park, 821 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201; Enter from Davis Street or Benson Ave.; 847-491-6908)
(http://www.cityofevanston.org/parking/lots-garages/) and walk a couple blocks to One Rotary Center (1560 Sherman Ave at Grove Street).

Aikens, Laura

Laura Aikens joined CCS in 2009 and brings more than 14 years of experience working with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, data analysis, major gift program development, annual fund operations, and leadership engagement. She is especially skilled at raising funds in resource-poor environments and has helped numerous organizations achieve their highest fundraising levels in years. Laura has assisted her clients in raising a combined total exceeding $500 million.

We invite you to browse the WIDN website and contact us for more informatiON.

Women in Development North