he winter and spring workshop schedule is coming shortly!

Don’t miss our next program on January 7 from noon-1:30 at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.

Planned Giving

In our first program of the calendar year, Maggie Morales will provide advice on initiating a planned giving program.

Not sure how to add planned giving into the myriad of duties and current responsibilities? Does booking a planned gift seem complicated? Looking for easy wins when it comes to your planned giving goals? If you aren’t adding planned giving opportunities into your current development strategy, you may be losing donors. Maggie Morales will help  guide us on this journey.

About our Speaker:

 Maggie Morales was promoted to Executive Director for The Lake County Community Foundation in March of 2019. She joined the staff of the Foundation in a part-time capacity in 2005 and returned full-time shortly after completing her graduate degree in 2011. As Executive Director, Morales is responsible for management and oversight of the Foundation’s growth, donor engagement and operational efficiency.Morales brings over 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience to her role, utilizing her expertise to drive countywide leadership initiatives in alignment with the Foundation’s community investment strategy. As a long-time resident of Waukegan,  she has built strong relationships with stakeholders throughout Lake County and is knowledgeable about the issues many residents and families face.

Morales’ professional experience includes curriculum development and instruction in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and Health Literacy. As a graduate student, her work was focused on community development and coalition building.

Morales recently joined the board of Heart of the City. She has been a member of the Collective Impact Forum’s Funder Community of Practice since its inception as well as Women in Development North, the Lake County Estate Planning Council and The Alliance for Human Services of Lake County. A 2018 inaugural fellow of the Lake County Liderazgo Initiative, Morales currently serves as the Chair of the Erie Health System Lake County Advisory Council and is an active member of the Live Well Lake County Steering Committee. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology & Society from Butler University.

Bring your own lunch and network with colleagues before the progam begins.
The program begins with a short business meeting at noon followed by the program from 12:15-1:30.
Location: Midwest Young Artists Conservatory,
                878 Lyster Road, Highwood

 join Women in Development!

WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities to Development Professionals. Membership dues are a great bargain – only $50 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 meetings are free to members who pay annual dues of $50 per year ($55 after October 1). Guests may attend one program  free of charge prior to joining.

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 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 ($50) 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


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

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