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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • Ongoing
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    This if for payments made by members to support other members in need of dues amnesty. 

    • Thursday, June 16, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Webinar
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    Program Description:

    Join us for a panel discussion with local leaders in philanthropy.  Hear about the issues that shape grantmaking today. Meet the people who understand what drives decisions at the top levels of philanthropic giving.

    Learn first-hand how grant makers determine their giving priorities, how they prefer to build relationships with charities, what they look for in proposals, and what they expect in communication. This program will be highly interactive in nature and encourage open dialogue between panelists and attendees. 


    Speaker Bios:

    Cathy McCann (Moderator) has served as a Program Officer for the Topfer Family Foundation since 2015. In this role, she manages over $1m in annual grants to 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland, Denver, CO, and Broward County, FL communities. Cathy has over 19 years of experience in nonprofit administration as a staff member, consultant, board member, and grant maker. She began her nonprofit career at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she was responsible for overseeing the Theater’s arts education programs. As Program Director for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, she was responsible for managing the grant making processes for local arts organizations and individual artists. For the past 10 years, she has also served as a grants consultant for various foundations and nonprofit organizations.

    She is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and received the 2019 WSPN Distinguished Service Person of the Year for her volunteer work with the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Cathy and her husband, Adin, manage The Sadie McCann Fund, a charity started in memory of their daughter, Sadie Elizabeth, which is dedicated to supporting families who have a child with Aicardi syndrome. Cathy received her B.S. in Arts Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.

    Laura Coy is the Head of Philanthropy Strategy and ESG Integration, William Blair and Vice President of the William Blair & Company Foundation. Laura joined William Blair in 2016 to elevate the firm’s philanthropic culture and to create opportunities to engage employees and clients in strategic philanthropy. Since then, Laura has taken on a global role leading the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs to meet the growing need for social and environmental innovation, and the opportunity to build multigenerational purpose. Laura leads the firm’s client philanthropy practice, acting as a trusted advisor to families, family offices, and nonprofits focused on high-impact philanthropy and companies prioritizing ESG as a tool to create shared value. William Blair believes that All Capital Has Impact and thus, an integrated approach to human, social, and financial capital can truly make a lasting and positive difference. Laura also oversees the William Blair & Company Foundation and community engagement initiatives with a mission to inspire the next generation of philanthropists through its employee-centered matching and global signature grants programs.

    Prior to William Blair, Laura was the senior manager of corporate social responsibility (CSR), public affairs manager and senior corporate philanthropist for W.W. Grainger, Inc. Laura has also worked for nonprofits in a variety of major gift fundraising capacities including the National Alzheimer’s Association, the American Red Cross, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Laura serves on the leadership committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the advisory board of ShowerUp, the leadership council of Loyola’s Baumhart Center, and is the current board chair North Park Elementary School. She is the former board chair of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals.

    Vicki Morcos is the President & CEO of The Dunham Foundation. Vicki began her career with the Dunham Foundation in 2013 as the Partnership Officer. She collaborated with foundations and corporations that have similar missions to leverage resources. Through these partnerships, nonprofits have secured an additional $5 million in funding for programs and projects in the Dunham Fund's Fox Valley service area. For the past seven years, Morcos has overseen professional development workshops for local nonprofits that foster collaboration between organizations to deepen and leverage their impact within the community. Fundraising and "Friendraising" are critical for nonprofits to continue to provide high-quality services.

    A huge focus has been on the annual Fall Workshop Series that helps organizations prepare for GivingTuesday. Through these efforts, local nonprofits raised $460,500 in 2016 - the first year Dunham Foundation educated nonprofits about the fundraising opportunities and promoted it throughout their Service Area. Amid a global pandemic, financial resources are even more crucial for nonprofits to provide basic human services. With fundraising guidance from the Dunham Foundation, Fox Valley nonprofits raised over $1.7M during the 2021 GivingTuesday campaign. The total donations raised has almost quadrupled over the last five years!

    Vicki has honed her skills in building relationships and networking in commercial interior design and contract furniture sales. At 30 years old, she purchased Black Office Interiors, a well-established Aurora company that she ran for close to 10 years before selling it. During her 28 years living in the Aurora area, she has sat on many committees and boards, including:

    Amita Mercy Medical Center's Foundation Board and Auxiliary, Breaking Free, Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Economic Development Board, CASA Kane County Chairman's Advisory Committee, and others. Because of her experience volunteering with organizations in the area, she has a broad understanding of their mission and needs. She uses that knowledge when connecting service agencies with other funders to sustain their organizations and business-to-business.

    Vicki has been married to Michael Morcos for 28 years and lives in Sugar Grove; they have two dogs, Joshua and Imelda. She was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and is an avid University of Arkansas Razorback fan and alumnus.

    Serena Moy is the Executive Director at the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation, a private independent foundation located in Schaumburg, IL. The Foundation’s funding focus areas are Health Care and Housing (Homelessness), and awards over 80 grants and Program-Related Investments totaling over $1.1 million annually to Chicago area nonprofit organizations.  Serena currently serves on Exponent Philanthropy’s Membership Committee and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).  Serena is a co-founder of the Asian Giving Circle, an individual donor circle that utilizes collective giving to fund Chicago area Asian American organizations.  Serena was a past recipient of AAPIP’s 25 Leaders in Action Award.


Past events

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
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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