Join WIDN today for the 2020-21 virtual program year!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDN has taken our meetings online. Monthly virtual workshops will include topics relevant to navigating this new landscape and networking and discussion opportunities. Join or renew your membership for only $55.

Confirming your membership is easy!

1) Register online here (All members must register)

2) Complete your payment via Zelle or a mail-in check

It is more important than ever to have a network of fellow development professionals. WIDN is proud to offer programming and networking opportunities that help strengthen and advance professionals in the development field.

Members can visit our members only page to find resources and materials from past meetings.


Earn CFRE credits by attending meetings.  Track your progress by utilizing this 2020 CE Tracker form.

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Founded in 1985, Women in Development North is dedicated to advancing professionals in the development field by providing educational and networking opportunities.  We also welcome those in transition as well as individuals with other professional ties to development.

WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities via 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. WIDN is a great bargain – only $55 for ten monthly programs featuring dynamic speakers on topics ranging from career planning to corporate giving.  The meetings are also a great opportunity to learn from colleagues.

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 ($55) and our emphasis on timely topics has translated into a robust organization.

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


Major Gifts in Challenging Times, featuring Leo Latz @ Virtual Zoom Event
Dec 8 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Price: Free to current WIDN Members. Membership Registration
12:45pm – 1pm – Networking
1pm – 2pm – Program
Presenters: Leo Latz and Elyse Cowles from Latz & Company. For more than 30 years, Latz & Company has joined with nonprofit partners and their constituents to help them prepare for and to implement major gift programs and capital campaigns.
A thirty-five year resource development professional and strategic planning consultant to the nonprofit sector, Leo has managed and directed more than 300 capital campaigns and conducted more than 4,000 one-on-one major gift solicitations and sales presentations. Since 2009, Leo has been a featured speaker on resource development and major gift fundraising at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management. He has also spoken extensively at conferences sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and many other regional and national organizations. He has also developed and conducted major gift solicitation training programs for the University of Illinois (Chicago & Urbana/Champaign), Marquette University and Providence College.
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Inspiration in the Times of a Pandemic: A Conversation with Seth Green @ Virtual Zoom Event
Jan 5 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

11:45 AM – Online Networking Activity
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Meeting & Program

Venue: ZOOM meeting (links to follow)

Price: Attendance is free and open to current Women in Development members

Bonus: Members are invited to “bring” a Board member to this meeting with a breakout room specifically for Board members.

 Presenter:    Seth Green, Director, Baumhart Center

 Description:  Realizing the community around your cause is more crucial than ever in these challenging times, how can you more effectively reach, touch, inspire and motivate your supporters? Get tips on how to energize your Board and make them inspiring fundraisers. Find out what strategic fundraising model matches your organization’s size, mission and donor base. In a unique Q&A format, meet charismatic non-profit leader Seth Green who has earned recognition as a visionary leader and a proven track record for leading development campaigns.

 Seth Green

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Seth Green is the founding director of the Baumhart Center, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola University Chicago that prepares leaders to tackle society’s most pressing challenges through education, engagement, and research. Seth is also an executive lecturer in Loyola’s Management Department, where he teaches courses on nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility.

Seth joined Loyola after leading three social ventures at the forefront of fighting poverty and expanding opportunity. Most recently, he served as executive director of Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a Chicagoland nonprofit that prepares low-income youth for post-secondary and life success. During his tenure, he spearheaded a four-fold expansion of Y.O.U.’s programs and led a $16.4 million fundraising campaign to build a state-of-the-art youth center.

Seth began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with private sector clients on strategic planning and change management. A recipient of McKinsey’s Community Fellowship, he spent one year of his time at the firm supporting nonprofit clients, including the Gates Foundation and United Way.

Seth is a sought after speaker and frequent media contributor, having served as a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and MSNBC, and having written op-eds for the Christian Science Monitor, Crain’s and Fortune Magazine. His work has been featured by hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. For his social innovation leadership, Utne Reader named Seth one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Seth currently serves on the Social Impact Advisory Panel at the Chicago Community Trust, on the Impact Investing Advisory Council of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and on the Council of Advisors of Loyola Limited. Seth is also a co-chair on the United Way of Metro Chicago’s Campaign Cabinet.

Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, and a law degree from Yale University.

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

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