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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Session
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    Program Description:

    Gather virtually with fellow nonprofit professionals to share the complexities of running giving day campaigns.

    Giving-day events are a great opportunity to share stories of impact, engage donors in the mission of your organization and raise the funds that are vital to the sustainability of your programs. Hear from three industry professionals that have had experience in starting, maintaining, and/or running giving day campaigns.  

    Some of the information shared will include case examples of how to:

    • Generate matching funds,
    • Utilize board members to personally connect with donors,
    • Incorporate storytelling to highlight those who benefit from the organization's services, and
    • Rally support through peer-to-peer fundraising.


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

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


    Meet our Presenters:

    Ben Bingle, Director, DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership
    Dr. Ben Bingle is the Director of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership—a nonprofit capacity building program of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Ben has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector leading local, statewide, and federal initiatives; designing and evaluating programs; raising funds; and directing large scale contract-based research. He has 18 peer-reviewed publications focused on the effectiveness of nonprofit and governmental institutions. Ben earned a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College, a Master of Public Administration from Drake University, and a doctorate from Northern Illinois University. Give DeKalb County has run a successful giving day since 2014, raising over $6.8M for local nonprofit organizations.  

    Licia Green, Director of Development, CCHAT Sacramento
    Licia Green has worked in development for nearly 14 years and currently serves as the Development Director of the CCHAT Center Sacramento, an agency that serves children with hearing loss. Her family’s experiences with CCHAT programs informed her approach to storytelling and dedication to educating donors about the outcomes that are possible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. As part of this effort, Licia has led and grown CCHAT’s giving day campaign. Since 2015, CCHAT’s giving day campaigns have generated $270,000 in unrestricted funds and welcomed more than 250 new donors into the CCHAT community. The last three years, the campaign has raised on average, $46,000 – a 31% increase since the first event. Licia believes that giving-day events present a great opportunity to share stories of impact, engage donors in the mission of an organization and raise the funds that are vital to the sustainability of your programs.  For more on Licia, please click here.

    Shefali Trivedi, Nonprofit and Social Impact Leader
    Shefali Trivedi is the former Executive Director of Giving DuPage, the DuPage County Volunteer Center. She has a 33-year career in marketing, sales and project management as well as a background of working in government and the nonprofit sector for 18 years.  Her nonprofit experience includes working for one of the largest food banks in the country, Greater Chicago Food Depository, as well as an environmental education center. Her service career extended to government as she worked on countywide environmental initiatives in DuPage County and as Executive Director of Giving DuPage until January 2023. Click here for more on Shefali.

    • Thursday, March 16, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    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


    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • tbd
    • 66
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:15 - 8:30 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, May 25, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Location to be annouced
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:00 - 8:15 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:15 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


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