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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook
    • 62

    Program Description:

    Annual Fund mailings require process and planning. Join fellow professionals and share samples of what you like (and what you don't!). Learn from two fundraising experts that have helped many organizations increase their annual fund year over year!

    The Process-Driven Annual Fund

    If you are looking for a blueprint for annual fund success, this presentation is for you. Join Ron and Sue Rescigno as they guide you through the necessary steps it takes to create a comprehensive annual fund program that provides its donors and prospects with a continuous flow of communication throughout any given year. They will provide you with the tools you need to implement a revenue-generating machine for your annual fund.

    You will learn how the process the Rescigno’s have developed, when followed, results in a thriving annual fund that includes more new donors, better donor retention, and more major gift prospects than ever before.

    • You will learn “a new way” to think about and approach the annual fund.
    • You’ll discover how the end result of a successful annual fund is deeper trust and more dollars and donors!
    • You will learn how the annual fund is a key component to building a solid fundraising program.
    • You will walk away with ideas that you can use immediately to improve your annual fund program.

    The Swap

    To participate in the materials swap, please bring a copy of any letters or materials (that you do not want returned), with the address/personal information blocked out.  Materials will have a designated space to share and look for things you like and to find new inspiration!  Thanks in advance for sharing!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Annual Fund Appeal & Materials Swap

    8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    Meet Our Presenters:

    Ron & Sue Rescigno, Rescigno’s Fundraising Professionals

    Ron and Sue have spent over 30 years working with non-profits nationwide helping them create and improve their fundraising programs. They believe the annual fund is the foundation of any comprehensive development program and they have created a process to strategically build the annual fund so that it runs like a well-oiled machine.

    The Rescigno’s team have helped thousands of non-profits raise over $100 Million for their missions by putting the process they have developed into place. They are thought leaders for fundraising professionals who seek new and creative ways of appealing to their constituents.

    In February of 2021, Ron’s book, The Process-Driven Annual Fund was published. The book explains how the process he and Sue have developed, when followed, results in a thriving annual fund that includes more new donors, better donor retention, and more major gift prospects than ever before.

    A few previous speaking engagements:

    • AFP- Association of Fundraising Professionals
    • NCDC – National Catholic Development Conference
    • ALDE – Association of Lutheran Development Executives
    • CASE – Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
    • IRDC – Illinois Resource Development Conference
    • NAYDO – North American YMCA Development Organization
    • ENGAGE – Arizona Non-Profit Conference

    Many thanks to the Oak Brook Park District for partnering with WSPN for use of their meeting space!

    • Thursday, May 25, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • DuPage Foundation, 3000 Woodcreek Dr., Downers Grove
    • 34

    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    Learn best practices for engaging and stewarding donor-advisors from DuPage Foundation director of gift planning Yashica Weeks, and assistant director of donor services, Kait Balsewicz.

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    Special thanks to the DuPage Foundation for hosting this session at their location at 3000 Woodcreek Drive, Downers Grove.

    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel

    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

Past events

Thursday, March 16, 2023 March WSPN Education Session - Strategies to Diversify Your Funding Sources
Thursday, February 16, 2023 February WSPN Education Session - Incorporating Giving Days into Your Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 19, 2023 January WSPN Education Session - Executive Functioning for Nonprofit Professionals
Thursday, December 15, 2022 WSPN Member Winter Social
Thursday, November 17, 2022 Nonprofit Conversations - Virtual Discussion Groups - November WSPN Education Session
Thursday, October 20, 2022 October WSPN Education Session - Mindfulness for Nonprofit Professionals
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Securing Top Talent in a Tight Market
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 20th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards
Thursday, June 16, 2022 June Funders Panel
Thursday, May 19, 2022 WSPN Peer-to-Peer Co-Working Session
Thursday, April 21, 2022 Trends in Fundraising
Thursday, March 17, 2022 Building a Data-Informed Culture
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Making the Ask, Successfully
Thursday, January 20, 2022 Rearchitecting Work . . . Unleashing Your Potential
Thursday, November 18, 2021 COVID Conversations: Reflecting on Lessons Learned and the Path Forward for Chicagoland Nonprofits
Thursday, October 21, 2021 Become a Nonprofit Social Media Superhero: Increase Your Marketing Reach and Efficiency Using Data
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Collaboration for the Win: How Finance and Development Can Work Together for Deeper Donor Engagement
Wednesday, September 01, 2021 Membership Amnesty Contributions
Thursday, August 26, 2021 19th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards
Thursday, June 17, 2021 WSPN Funders Panel
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Leadership Succession Planning: The Secret to Sustainability and Growth
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Leveraging Data to Tell Your Story
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Partnering for Success: A Conversation about Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships in a post-COVID world
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Consultant Speed Dating
Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time Management & Organization Skills
Thursday, November 19, 2020 HOW TO: Grow Your Individual Giving (and become less dependent on government, program, or event revenue)
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Inclusive Storytelling: Incorporating Strengths-Based Strategies into Your Nonprofit’s Communications
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Nonprofits and Racial Equity – What Do We Do Now?
Thursday, August 27, 2020 CONNECT & CELEBRATE: WSPN 18th Annual Philanthropy Awards ~ A digital gathering recognizing this year's Honorees & Finalists
Thursday, June 18, 2020 WSPN's Funders Panel
Monday, May 11, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Free Online Webinar: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Truth About the True Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission
Thursday, March 19, 2020 CANCELLED - Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes
Monday, March 16, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Manage Stress & Increase Resilience
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 WSPN's Re"SOLUTION" 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Vision for your Profession
Monday, January 13, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 WSPN's Happy Hour
Friday, October 04, 2019 NONPROFIT PARTNERS CONFERENCE 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Reading Between the Numbers: Understanding Nonprofit Finance
Friday, September 06, 2019 Food for Thought
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Successful Board Fundraising-Tips and Practical Advice from Small, Medium and Large Organizations
Thursday, April 18, 2019 The Business Case Behind Building Diverse Teams in the Nonprofit Workplace
Monday, April 08, 2019 Inaugural Food for Thought
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Balancing Act: How to Manage, Balance, and Thrive in a Small Organization
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Philanthropic Process
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Mentoring and Role-Modeling: Why It's a Big Deal for You and Your Organization
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 WSPN The Happiest Hour
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Money in the Middle - Making the Most of Mid-Level Donors
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Storytelling Your Way to #GivingTuesday Success
Thursday, September 13, 2018 The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win
Thursday, July 12, 2018 WSPN's Summer Social
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Funders Panel
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Creating an Unforgettable Online Presence Suitable for a Goldfish
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Developing Effective Junior Boards
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Special Event Bootcamp
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Promoting your Nonprofit through Public Relations
Thursday, December 07, 2017 WSPN Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 The 3rd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Finding the Dollars in Your Data
Thursday, September 21, 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
Thursday, September 07, 2017 WSPN After Hours
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Funders Panel
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 15th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Restructuring for Success: Mission Sustainability through Organizational Restructuring & Strategic Collaborations
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Board Development and Engagement
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Finding & Working with the “Invisible” Staff Members
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

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