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 before October 1st to take advantage of our special membership offer of only $45 for the program year! After October 1st, membership cost rises to $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. We look forward to welcoming you to our first meeting of the year on September 1st — Mark your calendar!

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 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 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


Panel Discussion: Strategies for Resilience in Development @ Virtual Zoom Event
Nov 10 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
11:45am-12pm – Networking Activity
12 – 1pm – Program
Session description: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly every organization to think creatively about what the “next” normal means for their programs and impact. As development professionals, we are tasked with communicating our critical needs during a time when programs, funding sources, and impact may look very different. Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by Maggie Morales, Executive Director of the Lake County Community Foundation, as we share strategies for resilience that you can use in your ongoing development work.
Moderator bio: Maggie Morales is the Executive Director of The Lake County Community Foundation. Maggie brings over 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience to her role, utilizing her expertise to drive countywide leadership initiatives in alignment with the Foundation’s community investment strategy. She has built strong relationships with stakeholders throughout Lake County and is knowledgeable about the issues many residents and families face.
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**DATE TBD – Major Gifts in Challenging Times, featuring Leo Latz @ Virtual Zoom Event
Dec 8 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
12:45pm – 1pm – Networking
1pm – 2pm – Program
Presenters: Leo Latz and Elyse Cowles from Latz & Company. For more than 30 years, Latz & Company has joined with nonprofit partners and their constituents to help them prepare for and to implement major gift programs and capital campaigns.
A thirty-five year resource development professional and strategic planning consultant to the nonprofit sector, Leo has managed and directed more than 300 capital campaigns and conducted more than 4,000 one-on-one major gift solicitations and sales presentations. Since 2009, Leo has been a featured speaker on resource development and major gift fundraising at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management. He has also spoken extensively at conferences sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and many other regional and national organizations. He has also developed and conducted major gift solicitation training programs for the University of Illinois (Chicago & Urbana/Champaign), Marquette University and Providence College.
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We invite you to browse the WIDN website and contact us for more informatiON.

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