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 Alicia Garcia at


December Program – Incorporating Metrics and Performance Measure @ Literature for All of Us-Chicago
Dec 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Incorporating key metrics and performance indicators can hep elevate your advancement operations to the next level.  Are you measuring everything that can be measured?  How are you using data to manage your staff?  By assessing your recent fundraising performance and establishing key metrics, you can execute your fundraising programs more effectively, manage your staff more efficiently, and most importantly – raise more money.  Incorporating metrics can also help secure Advancement’s place at the table by engaging institutional leadership.  Join this session to learn about development performance measurements and key performance factors that you institution should be paying attention to.

Please note that parking is not available at Colvin House.  Street parking is available or you can park in the Malibu Garage at 6033 N. Sheridan Road for $8.

A Conversation about the #MeToo Movement and its Impact on the Development World @ Kohl Children’s Museum
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Strategic Planning: Constructing a Dynamic Plan that is Interactive and Promotes Buy-in @ Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center
Feb 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm