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Upcoming events

    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Wellness House 131 N County Line Rd, Hinsdale, IL 60521
    • 51

    Developing a robust pipeline of future leaders and donors for your organization can be challenging. Young professionals today have a wide range of obligations and opportunities competing for their attention.  From work commitments, family responsibilities and existing social engagements, to budgetary constraints and continuing education goals, giving and volunteerism can often be pushed to the back-burner. Nonetheless, many of these individuals possess a strong desire to give back and will work to make room in their busy schedules, hearts and budgets for causes that resonate with them. Come and learn from our panelists about what motivates them to action as well as what some of your peers are doing locally to successfully engage their organizations’ next generation of leaders, donors and volunteers.

    Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 am. Program starts at 8:30 am.


    Chad Pedigo 

    Panelist (s):    

    Timothy Bresnahan is the senior director of gift planning for The Chicago Community Trust. He is responsible for a broad range of matters including charitable contributions,  donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, agency endowments and other legal, tax and investment aspects of tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining the Trust, Tim served as the associate director of Philanthropic Advisory Services for Northern Trust. While at Northern Trust, he advised individuals and families on philanthropy and wealth planning, and managed the Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program. Tim joined the Trust in 2016. He is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving and the president of the board of directors for Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a JD degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Ian Holzhauer is an attorney at Nagle Obarski PC in Naperville.  He practices in estate planning and business representation.  Ian is on the board of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, where he chairs its Young Professionals Network.  He is also chair of the Trustees Ministry at the First Congregational UCC in Naperville, and is an active member of the DuPage Children’s Museum Next Generation Board and the Naperville Jaycees, where he is in charge of Jaycee Food for the Last Fling.  Ian and his wife Julie have four children, who enjoy running, soccer, wrestling, and reading.

    Megan Lynch serves as director of corporate relations at North Central College, where she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with the business community. Previously, Megan managed corporate engagement for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. She began her career at the U.S. Department of State and holds an M.A. in Politics and a Professional Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. Megan currently serves on the DuPage Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative advisory board and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

    Brian Paladie recently joined Jellyvision in Chicago as a sales manager. His work experience includes the private, public, and non-profit sectors, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to 35-person software startups. He is a 2007 graduate of Elmhurst College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and French.  After working at Metropolitan Family Services in development, Brian remains connected to the agency through its young professionals board, where he also served as chair for two years. He has advised on best practices for recruiting, onboarding, drafting by-laws, fundraising, and board member engagement.  Brian enjoys traveling, dabbling in Chicago's food scene, and enjoying a good scotch.

    Parking for Program

    Please note to better serve the needs of the Wellness House clients, we ask the you DO NOT park in the parking lot of the Wellness House and use the the street parking provided nearby. Please reference the map shown below. We have highlighted the closest available street parking for your convenience, all located within a 1-2 minute walk to the Wellness House. Questions? Contact us by clicking here (

    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • DuPage Foundation
    • 50
    Registration is closed

    Registration will open 45 days before the event.

    Dusty Holoubek and Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. 

    • 22 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn, IL

    Details on the Luncheon are forthcoming. 

    You are invited to join us for an afternoon of celebration as we honor those who have been part of making the nonprofit community in the western suburbs stronger than ever.

    Since 1986, the West Suburban Philanthropic Network (WSPN) has been dedicated to working with the area’s nonprofit community.  Each year, WSPN recognizes a number of people, businesses, foundations and organizations that provide so much to sustain and enhance the rich philanthropic environment that is fundamental to the quality of life in the western suburbs.

    This year, WSPN recognizes such individuals and organizations in a variety of categories.  We hope that you will join us in honoring these recipients by attending the 15th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • TBA
    • 180
    Registration is closed

    Details on this event are forthcoming.

    Please join us for a panel of area funders who will tell us about their foundations in general and their grant programs in particular. 

    What burning questions do you need answered regarding grants and foundations?  This program will be highly interactive in nature and encourage open dialogue between panelists and attendees.  

    Learn first-hand from the experts how two family foundations and your local community foundation determine their giving priorities, how they prefer to build relationships with the charities they fund, what they look for in appeals and proposals, what they expect and appreciate when they receive reports or make follow-up visits with your organization, and hear about their recently funded projects and how their funding processes work.

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