Thanks to all who attended our February Round Table Meeting hosted by Over the Rainbow.  There were many lively discussions on donor retention, planned giving, more cost effective annual report replacements, and more. Here is the link to “50-Contacts-in-5-Minutes‘ on donor acquisition and ways to identify pools of contacts for a personal Ask letter. 

WIDN MARCH program: 

Fundraising Trends with Derek Breau & Katherine Russell of Blackbaud 
Program: Learn about best practices, the latest industry trends and tips/tricks pertaining to donor analytics, online giving, social ambassadors and more! 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Where: Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.
Networking: 11:30 am to noon
Meeting and Program: noon to 1:30pm

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


Getting Out of The Story Rut: The Ancient myth that’s the key to modern marketing with Michael Hoffman (CEO of See3) @ Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
Apr 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Program: Every time we communicate, our words become part of a bigger story in the minds of our audiences. What story are you telling? Are you moving your audience to action, or positioning them as passive spectators to your organization’s heroics? In this workshop, we’ll use the framework of The Hero’s Journey to assess and adjust your organization’s storytelling strategy, and provide you the tools to tell a new, empowering story. Participants will be provided with a template for assessing and adjusting their organization’s storytelling.

Fund Development Planning & Evaluation with Dr. Marcia Lipetz @ Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United)
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Program: Learn how to plan your fund development work which will produce results along with ways to evaluate their success

Parking: You can park in the lot on the southeast corner of Church and Dodge or on the street in front of or across the street from our building.  Parking in the surrounding neighborhood is restricted to permit parking.

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

Women in Development North