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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, August 26, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • The Drake Oak Brook, 2301 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
    • 345
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    Congratulations to this year's Honorees & Finalists! 

    Philanthropists of the Year
    The Peterson Family

    Humanitarian of the Year
    Karen Ayala, DuPage County Health Department

    Philanthropic Leader of the Year
    Sandy Gbur

    Grantmaker of the Year
    Tom Fuechtmann, Community Memorial Foundation

    Philanthropic Business of the Year
    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

    Philanthropic Foundation of the Year
    NKC Family Foundation

    Philanthropic Service Club of the Year
    Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates

    Young Philanthropists of the Year
    Jackson Tanner & Ezekiel Wells, NAMI Metro Suburban

    Young Philanthropist Special Recognition
    Cole Gleason, Cosley Zoo

    Nonprofit Rising Star of the Year
    Morgan Abate, People's Resource Center

    Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year Finalists
    Anne Henriksen, 360 Youth Services
    Sarah Huesing, People's Resource Center
    Dr. Tish Nihill, Chicago Dental Society Foundation Dental Clinic

    Nonprofit Executive of the Year Finalists
    Constantine Bitsas, Teaching English to Advance Change (TEACH)
    Mike Briggs, Little Friends Inc.
    Lea Jackman, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
    Dr. Michele Wilkins, Child's Voice
    Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank

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Past events

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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