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Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Silverleaf Room, College of DuPage Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
    • 29

    Join WSPN to discuss how to find the support your organization needs within your data!

    One of the primary tenets of fund development is that it costs less to keep an existing donor than to cultivate a new one. Our panelists will help you create a toolkit for identifying the best prospects for increased giving in your donor database, and moving those donors up the pyramid toward major (or at least larger) gifts. Realizing that not every organization can afford a wealth screening contractor, they’ll offer practical advice on how to do it yourself (and when a wealth screen might be a justifiable expense).

    Featuring a panel discussion that will discuss:

    • How to identify prospects
    • How to best cultivate prospects
    • Determining potential major and legacy gift opportunities
    • How to increase support from your existing pool of donors.
    This session has been approved for 1.5 CFRE credits.


    Moderator: Ken Bartels, Principal of Ken Bartels Consulting and a Senior Vice President and Director of The Community Bank of Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Illinois. He enjoyed a long career in college advancement at Elmhurst College, where he is Vice President for College Relations Emeritus. Ken’s extensive experience in board management, advancement/development, leadership training and public and community relations has made him a sought after speaker in the professional fields of motivation, relationship theory, visioning, strategic priorities and as an emcee.

    Ken’s career has earned recognition from WSPN, The Elmhurst Jaycees and the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which honored him with its Good Works Award in 2017. A graduate of Carthage College, Ken has been a participant at the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management and the Indiana University Executive Leadership Institute. He is also well-known to cable television viewers as the host of several ongoing programs on Comcast and YouTube.

    Chris Jabin, Senior Vice President at the Chicago Zoological Society. He leads a team responsible for Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Corporate Partners, Planned Giving and Special Campaigns. Prior to joining CZS, Chris served as Director of Institutional Giving at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Executive VP for Development at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Director of Development for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Since his first stint at the Lyric in the mid-80s Chris has been instrumental in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for capital campaigns, annual fund campaigns and endowments for some of Chicagoland’s most beloved cultural institutions. He was honored by the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising.

    Professionals with its Benjamin Franklin Award in 2014. He received his BA in psychology from Albion College in Michigan with a concentration in public service from the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service.

    Jill Koski, CFRE, Vice President of Development at the Morton Arboretum.

    Sarah Martino, Advancement Services Manager at the College of DuPage Foundation.

    Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 AM. 

    Program starts at 8:30 a.m.

Past events

21 Sep 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
07 Sep 2017 WSPN After Hours
15 Jun 2017 Funders Panel
20 Apr 2017 Restructuring for Success: Mission Sustainability through Organizational Restructuring & Strategic Collaborations
16 Mar 2017 Board Development and Engagement
16 Feb 2017 Finding & Working with the “Invisible” Staff Members
19 Jan 2017 Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization
08 Dec 2016 WSPN Holiday Gathering
02 Nov 2016 The 2nd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day | The Art of Securing Planned Gifts: Myth-busting the Magic
20 Oct 2016 Donor Communications Plan, Part II
15 Sep 2016 Ask the Grantwriter
17 Aug 2016 Giving DuPage Workshop: How the Community Reinvestment Act Benefits Your Nonprofit Organization
16 Jun 2016 Funders Panel
21 Apr 2016 Celebrating Your Milestone Anniversary: Inventive Ways to Increase Visibility and Impact
17 Mar 2016 Ask the Lawyer: Compensation for Executives and Other Things You Want to Know
18 Feb 2016 Mastering Work and Life Balance
21 Jan 2016 Creating a Donor Communications Plan
10 Dec 2015 After Hours Holiday Party
19 Nov 2015 Ask the Accountants
17 Sep 2015 Giving USA 2015 Report: What does it mean for your nonprofit?
18 Jun 2015 Funder's Panel
16 Apr 2015 Ask the Lawyer
19 Mar 2015 Creating and/or Updating Your Organization's Brand
19 Feb 2015 #GivingTuesday 2015 – Plan to Raise Right, Right Now
15 Jan 2015 How to Acquire and Use Governmental and Public Data to Demonstrate Trends and Enhance Proposals, Grants and Policy-Making
20 Nov 2014 ABCs of Planned Giving
16 Oct 2014 Advanced Moves Management (TM): From Cultivation to Asking: Half Day Workshop by William T. Sturtevant
18 Sep 2014 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Fundraising Process
19 Jun 2014 Funder's Panel
17 Apr 2014 The Development Professional's Guide to Creating a Social Media Plan
20 Mar 2014 Cause Marketing
20 Feb 2014 Collaboration for Fundraising Success
16 Jan 2014 Changing Demographics & Implications for Fundraising
21 Nov 2013 Cause Marketing: CANCELED
17 Oct 2013 Donor Analytics: Uncovering Hidden Wealth (and What to Do When You Find It)
19 Sep 2013 Strategies and Best Practices for Your End-of-Year Appeals
20 Jun 2013 Building Social Capital, Measuring Impact
18 Apr 2013 Funder's Panel
21 Mar 2013 Best practices with integrating Mobile Marketing, QR Codes and Social Media to connect with Donors and Volunteers
21 Feb 2013 Innovative Donor Recognition
17 Jan 2013 The “Behind the Scenes” of Grant Writing
13 Dec 2012 Holiday Cheer - WSPN Mixer
15 Nov 2012 Engage Your Donors with a Compelling Story
18 Oct 2012 Using Social Media to Create Loyal Donors
20 Sep 2012 The Most Effective Ways to Cultivate Major Gift Prospects
21 Jun 2012 Funder’s Forum
07 Jun 2012 Wine & Appetizer Networking Social Event
23 May 2012 10th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards
19 Apr 2012 Cultivating The Board for Fundraisers: Trends, Tensions, and Tips
15 Mar 2012 The First Step in Fundraising: Learn to Use the Tools at the Philanthropy Center
15 Mar 2012 Donor Surveys: Assessing familiarity and trust as tools for increasing donor retention
16 Feb 2012 New Trends and Best Practices in Database Management:The Tao of Data
19 Jan 2012 Creating Actionable Strategies
17 Nov 2011 Developing Your Personal Brand
26 Oct 2011 WSPN/DAVA collaborative program – “Training Leadership Volunteers to Ask for Donations”
15 Sep 2011 Successful Year End Appeals - The Tried and True and What Is New
30 Jun 2011 Wine & Appetizer Speed Networking Social Event
16 Jun 2011 Major Gifts
25 May 2011 9th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards
06 Apr 2011 WSPN Brown Bag Networking Lunch
17 Mar 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Development
17 Feb 2011 Hands-On Social Media Workshop
20 Jan 2011 Ensuring your Nonprofit is in Legal Compliance
03 Dec 2010 Speed Networking Social Event
18 Nov 2010 How to Run a Successful Fundraising Event so that it Doesn’t Run You!
21 Oct 2010 Annual Giving – Luck is Not a Strategy!
16 Sep 2010 Getting to Know Who You Need to Know: Effective Prospect Research
17 Jun 2010 Has Your Organization Reached the Major League?
26 May 2010 8th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards
20 May 2010 The Volunteer Role in Fund Development - A Workshop
15 Apr 2010 Raising People Capital through Successful Volunteer Management
18 Mar 2010 Master the Art and Science of Effective Grant Writing
18 Feb 2010 PR Boot Camp
21 Jan 2010 Coaching Tools for Leaders
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