Programs & Events

The value of your membership in WIDN is access to our monthly informative and interactive programs.  We send out registration opportunities with our monthly e-newsletter. Guests may attend up to two events at no cost, except the Winter Holiday Party and June Best Practices program which are members-only.

Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of the month, September through June, with informal networking starting at 11:30 (feel free to bring your lunch). Program presentation runs from 12:00 – 1:30 and is hosted by a different non-profit organization each time.

If you are not yet a member and are interesting in joining our group, please contact Lauren Chilvers at lchilver@harpercollege.edu.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Mar
6
Tue
Fundraising Trends with Derek Breau (Manager Sales Group) & Katherine Russell (Regional Account Executive), Blackbaud @ Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
Mar 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Program: Learn about best practices, the latest industry trends and tips/tricks pertaining to donor analytics, online giving, social ambassadors and more!

Apr
3
Tue
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.

May
1
Tue
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.

Jun
5
Tue
Fundraising After Tax Reform: Helping donors accomplish their philanthropic goals after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 @ Rotary International
Jun 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Topics to be covered include:

· How will the tax law changes impact my donors?

· How do I plan my fundraising based on the new changes?

· What donors do I need to reach out to now and what do I tell them?

· What tools will I use now?

· What tools will I stop using?

· How do I raise more money than I did before given the new tax law?

Parking: Please leave time for parking knowing that the meters have time restrictions. We recommend using the paid garage at (Sherman Plaza Self Park, 821 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201;

http://www.cityofevanston.org/parking/lots-garages/

Enter from Davis Street or Benson Ave.; 847-491-6908) and walk a couple blocks to One Rotary Center (1560 Sherman Ave at Grove Street).