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Upcoming events

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Community House, 415 W 8th St, Hinsdale, IL 60521

    Manage Stress and Increase Resilience

    Stress is a normal part of life--it’s how we manage it that matters. Even if you’re handling daily stressors well, prolonged stress can reduce your resilience and negatively impact your health. It can also lead to disengagement and burnout. Often, we don’t realize the impacts of stress as we’re living through it.

    In this session, we’ll help you develop habits that increase your ability to manage stress and build resilience.

    You’ll learn simple things you can do in the moment to change your attitude and see the positive side of stress. We’ll examine the health benefits of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and practice them in the session.

    You’ll learn:

    • Simple self-care strategies
    • Nine daily choices to improve your resilience
    • The magic of silence and how to bring more of it into your life
    • How to optimize your energy

    If you’re looking for new ideas to improve your health and well-being, join us. You’ll leave with simple ways to improve your resilience and increase your performance and engagement at work.

    About Our Speaker, Kyra Cavanaugh

    Kyra is the president of 15Be, a learning experiences company she started in 2018 after selling her former business, Life Meets Work. At 15Be, she leverages her experience of training thousands of managers, the latest scientific research, and global traditions to spark courageous leaders who value wellbeing as much as performance.

    She’s a nationally-recognized speaker, blogger and commentator on workforce and wellbeing issues, and the author of two books: Who Works Where and Who Cares, and 100 Ways to Wellbeing in 10 minutes or Less.

    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Check-In and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    • 09 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Tri-Town YMCA,105 W. Maple Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148

    WSPN Board Meetings are open to our membership and others. If you wish to RSVP that you will attend, please click here to email us. We ask for an RSVP so we can account for seating.

    Thank you!

    • 19 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley 830 South Addison Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181

    Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes

    Fundraising can be full of landmines. You reach out to a donor who is still holding a grudge because he got a crappy seat at the last gala. Or, another who is upset about their name being misspelled in the annual report.

    Don’t let these mistakes paralyze you! Join Jim Bennett, current Illinois Department of Human Rights Director / Former Development Director / Former Second City Instructor and a few of your WSPN colleagues (many of whom may surprise you with their acting and improv skills!) as we role play some fundraising conversations-gone-wrong. After each scenario, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions or provide critique and advice on how they would handle the situation. 

    Join us for a fun and interactive morning!

    James L. (Jim) Bennett was appointed Illinois Department of Human Rights Director under Governor JB Pritzker in January 2019.  As Director, he is responsible for overseeing the agency's primary goals to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, sexual orientation, military service or unfavorable discharge in connection with employment opportunities, housing and real estate transactions, access to financial credit and the availability of public services and public accommodations.  In addition, the Department oversees charges of sexual harassment. 

    Previously, Bennett served as the Midwest Regional Director at Lambda Legal, the nation's largest legal organization dedicated to securing the full civil rights of the LGBTQ community and people with HIV.  During his 12-year career there, Bennett was a lead strategist in Lambda Legal Illinois and Iowa marriage campaigns and successfully fought Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and their discriminatory 'religious refusal' laws.  In 2013, he chaired Illinois Unites for Marriage, the statewide coalition that led the successful effort to win marriage equality in Illinois.  As a result of his leadership, Illinois led the way in recognizing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, and in standing firm against efforts to roll back antidiscrimination laws.  Jim's integrity and commitment to justice make him a perfect fit to lead the agency charged with enforcing Illinois' laws ensuring fair treatment for all.

    Prior, Bennett served as acting senior external affairs director at Howard Brown Health, marketing and development director at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and several roles at the American Red Cross national and central Illinois regional offices. 

    Bennett was inducted into the City of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2013, was the recipient of Equality Illinois' Freedom award in 2018 and was inducted into the Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame at Illinois State University in 2015.  He received his MBA from the University of Illinois at Springfield and his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Illinois State University.


    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   Registration Check-In and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Truth About the True Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission

    For some years, we have seen a strong public backlash against the true costs of realizing a nonprofit’s mission, a.k.a. overhead. That mission requires financial resources and an operations backbone, both of which have costs associated to them. I will summarize how we got here, the role of the charity watchdogs and the media, how nonprofits are responding to this scrutiny through expense allocations on IRS 990 forms, and a path forward that will require a focus on donor education, advocacy, and boldness to talk about the true costs of service delivery including the costs of fundraising.

    Meet our Guest Speaker:

    IMG_2108- MPA Orientation 8-2018.Alicia Schatteman is a nonprofit scholar, practitioner, and educator. She is currently the Acting Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University. Previous to completing her doctoral degree at Rutgers University, Alicia worked for about 10 years in the nonprofit and government sectors including four years as an executive director. Her research, teaching and consulting are focused on the areas of nonprofit strategic planning, financial management, and performance management. She and her family live in Sugar Grove, Illinois where she is currently president of the Sugar Grove Public Library Foundation.


    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking Opportunity
    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    • 11 May 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • DuPage Pads,601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187

    WSPN Board Meetings are open to our membership and others. If you wish to RSVP that you will attend, please click here to email us. We ask for an RSVP so we can account for seating.

    Thank you!

    • 19 May 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn
    • 425

    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 18th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. Registration closes on Friday, May 8th!

    Act Now! Early Bird Registration will be open until April 15th!
    Individual and Outstanding Volunteer Tickets - $50 per person

    Sponsorships are available from $500-$5,000.


    Register with option "A" and when it asks if you're registering any Outstanding Volunteers as guests, click yes.  Then list their names in the box below that in addition to adding them as guests within your registration.

    Important Note: If you are registering any Outstanding Volunteers you must list their names in the given box(s). If those individuals are only added as guests, we have no way of knowing they are an Outstanding Volunteer. 

    Email WSPN Luncheon Chair, Sarah O'Donnell by clicking here to request an invitation or for more information.

    Click here to learn about becoming a sponsor.

    via phone (630) 407-6458 or email Shefali.trivedi@dupageco.org

    • 18 Jun 2020

    Funder's Panel

    Save the Date!

    More information coming soon.

Past events

04 Feb 2020 WSPN's Re"SOLUTION" 2020
16 Jan 2020 Vision for your Profession
13 Jan 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
21 Nov 2019 Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success
16 Oct 2019 WSPN's Happy Hour
12 Sep 2019 Reading Between the Numbers: Understanding Nonprofit Finance
06 Sep 2019 Food for Thought
23 Jul 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
20 Jun 2019 Successful Board Fundraising-Tips and Practical Advice from Small, Medium and Large Organizations
18 Apr 2019 The Business Case Behind Building Diverse Teams in the Nonprofit Workplace
08 Apr 2019 Inaugural Food for Thought
21 Mar 2019 Balancing Act: How to Manage, Balance, and Thrive in a Small Organization
21 Feb 2019 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Philanthropic Process
13 Feb 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
17 Jan 2019 Mentoring and Role-Modeling: Why It's a Big Deal for You and Your Organization
27 Nov 2018 WSPN The Happiest Hour
15 Nov 2018 Money in the Middle - Making the Most of Mid-Level Donors
11 Oct 2018 Storytelling Your Way to #GivingTuesday Success
13 Sep 2018 The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win
12 Jul 2018 WSPN's Summer Social
21 Jun 2018 Funders Panel
19 Apr 2018 Creating an Unforgettable Online Presence Suitable for a Goldfish
15 Mar 2018 Developing Effective Junior Boards
15 Feb 2018 Special Event Bootcamp
18 Jan 2018 Promoting your Nonprofit through Public Relations
07 Dec 2017 WSPN Holiday Gathering
08 Nov 2017 The 3rd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day
19 Oct 2017 Finding the Dollars in Your Data
21 Sep 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
07 Sep 2017 WSPN After Hours
15 Jun 2017 Funders Panel
23 May 2017 15th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
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

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