Members can visit our members only page to find resources and materials from past meetings.  Materials from the June, May, April and March 2020 presentations are now available.  You can also find the March 27 program presented for WIDN members by Giving Tree Associates on this page.

The Covid-19 crisis caused major pivots for non-profit organizations and development professionals in particular.  Events and benefits were postponed and re-imagined, development plans were revised, and job searches and openings put on hold.

Women in Development also pivoted to meet the needs of our members.  In-person meetings and presentations were reconfigured as online webnairs.  We continued to meet the needs of members through new programming and online resources.

WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities to Development Professionals. Join Women in Development!  Attendance at meetings is free to members who pay $50 annual dues by October 1, 2020.  (Membership dues increase following this date).    WIDN is 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.

Guests may attend one free program before joining.  To join, visit this page to complete the membership application and review payment options.


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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