Members enjoyed an informative discussion at the January meeting on Planned Giving led by Maggie Morales.  Members can find materials from the meeting on the Members Only page.

Don’t miss our next program on February 4, 2020 –

“2019 in Review:  A Post Mortem Analysis

Location:  Over the Rainbow Association
2040 Brown Ave., Evanston

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Attendance is free to Women in Development members who pay $50 annual dues.  Guest may attend one free program before joining.

 Presenter: Lani Hart, Giving Tree Associates

Description:  You made it through 2019 – great. But, there is one more important step to take before launching your development effort into 2020: the post-mortem. The name might sound forbidding but it really just describes a process for assessing how your year and all its projects and campaigns went. It gives you and your team a chance for calm reflection of the overall arc of 2019, to talk about what went well and what could be done better next time. The ultimate goal is “lessons learned” — a set of actionable ideas for improving this New Year. It’s a valuable tool for continuous improvement. Attendees should come prepared to ask questions, share content and add opinions and suggestions for others.


Lani Hart, Senior Associate Consultant with Giving Tree Associates brings 10 year of nonprofit experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and leadership development to her work.  Lani’s strong project management and communications skills, fresh perspective on organizational challenges, and commitment to her clients help her build meaningful relationships with organizational leaders and guide initiatives to success.

Prior to joining Giving Tree in 2016, Lani spent eight years working for the Jewish Federation system, most recently as the assistant director of talent acquisition and talent development for The Jewish Federations of North America. She also served as assistant director of young leadership at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she managed the department’s annual campaign, coordinated events, and worked with both donors and solicitors.  In addition, Lani has served as a consultant for Blue Engine, PreseTense, Taproot Foundation and Sketchpad.

Lani holds an M.P.A in nonprofit management and a Master’s degree in Jewish studies from New York University, and is a recipient of the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She lives in Glenview with her husband and two sons.  Lani enjoys traveling, sports and spending time outdoors



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WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities to Development Professionals. Membership dues are 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.

Women in Development North meetings are free to members who pay annual dues of $50 per year ($55 after October 1). Guests may attend one program  free of charge prior to joining.

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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