WIDN 1-19 program

Pier Rogers leading a conversation about the #MeToo movement and its impact on development at the January WIDN meeting.
 Upcoming Meeting: 

Join us on Tuesday,  February 5, 2019 at Gigi’s Playhouse to learn “Ten Ways to Raise the Big Bucks.”  Brown bag lunch and networking from 11:30-12 followed by a short business meeting.  The formal program begins at 12:15 and ends at 1:30 p.m.

About Your Speaker:

Leslie Mollsen is the owner and CEO of American City Bureau, Inc., a 105-year old philanthropic development consulting firm, specializing in major gift development.  Leslie is a published author and national speaker on such topics as major gift development, volunteerism, leadership, capital campaigns and campaign preparedness.  Throughout her career, she has served more than a hundred not-for-profit clients including: Social service, religious and healthcare organizations, and educational and cultural institutions. 

Does your non-profit need help raising major gifts?  Enhance a major gift program already in place?  Whatever the case, this is the workshop for you! Led by the CEO of the nation’s oldest philanthropic development consulting firm, this workshop will highlight ten proven strategies and practical takeaways to help you raise the big bucks.  Come hear the successful techniques for landing the transformational gifts your non-profit needs to advance its mission and make a real difference.  Share your success stories and challenges as well, and let’s learn from each other.
Gigi’s Playhouse is located at 2350 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates.


WIDN Members Get Discounts at the Goodman Theater – Visit our Members Only Resources Page to Find  Information on Current and Upcoming Productions and Obtain the Discount Code.


Founded in 1985, Women in Development North 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


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

Women in Development North