A huge shout out to Laura Aikens and Doug Adolph from CCS Fundraising for their informative and interactive presentation on Developing Major Gift Strategies.  We also want to thank Rotary International and Steven Solomon for hosting WIDN for our special morning workshop on December 5th.  The presentation materials can be found on the Resources page (only with member access.)


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


Major Gifts: Who should be solicited and measuring success with David Lively, (Associate Vice President, Northwestern University) @ Midwest Young Artists
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Program: In recent years the field of advancement has seen a tremendous drive to implement metrics to manage and measure the work of major gift officers and others throughout the organization. These efforts have been driven by factors ranging from the need to measure the return on investment to the need to increase fundraising outcomes. In this session we will explore several case studies to illustrate a proven system to measure major gift productivity.




Building Relationships with Corporate Funders with Louise Packard (Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Allstate Insurance Co.) @ Omni Youth Services
Feb 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Program: Learn about Allstate’s vision for its corporate responsibility programs and how the corporation articulates the value of these programs to their stakeholders – including employees, agency owners, customers, consumers, opinion leaders and community partners.  Learn what Allstate seeks to achieve through relationships with community partners and hear examples of some exemplary partnerships.

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

Women in Development North