Join WIDN today for the 2020-21 virtual program year!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDN has taken our meetings online. Monthly virtual workshops will include topics relevant to navigating this new landscape and networking and discussion opportunities. Join or renew your membership for only $55.

Confirming your membership is easy!

1) Register online here (All members must register)

2) Complete your payment via Zelle or a mail-in check

It is more important than ever to have a network of fellow development professionals. WIDN is proud to offer programming and networking opportunities that help strengthen and advance professionals in the development field.

Members can visit our members only page to find resources and materials from past meetings.


Earn CFRE credits by attending meetings.  Track your progress by utilizing this 2021 CE Tracker form.


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 offers rich programming and networking opportunities via 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. WIDN is a great bargain – only $55 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 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 ($55) 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


Fundraising Professionals “Swap & Share”
Feb 2 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 11:45 Small Group Networking
   12:00 -1:00 Program
Venue: ZOOM Link will be emailed 24 hours prior to meeting.
Program Description:
Our February program will be a little different because it will be led by you! Our meeting will be a “swap and share.” The program committee is looking for volunteers to share successes and lessons learned last year. If you did something that turned out really great and you’ve been waiting for a chance to tell people all about it or tackled something that didn’t turn out exactly as you’d hoped – we’d love to hear it! Volunteers need to prepare their presentation in PowerPoint and be able to meet as a group for a dry run prior to February 2. Interested? Contact Jessica Ticus at or 847-602-0128.
Presenters: WIDN Member Panelists
Meeting participants will join their choice of break out sessions to discuss:
Embarking on a Capital Campaign During Covid, with Kathy Slaughter, Vice President of Development, YWCA Evanston/Northshore
Hosting a Successful Virtual Event, with Sara McGuire, Director of Development Roycemore School
*You must be a current WIDN member to attend. You can renew your membership or join WIDN via the link below.
Price: Free to current WIDN Members. Membership Registration
Getting the Most From Your CRM and Data – Shawna East
Mar 2 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

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

Women in Development North