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About WSPN

Meeting the Needs of Suburban Philanthropic Organizations

In 1986, a group of fund development professionals began meeting in the western suburbs of Chicago.  Seven years later, this group was invited by the Chicago Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (better known today as the Association of Fundraising Professionals) to participate in a special interest group.  By the fall of 2002, the group had grown so large it was no longer simply a special interest group, its new name was the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Today, WSPN serves over 200 members and is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.  

Click to read more about WSPN's history and its founders.

WSPN's Mission:

To offer support to development professionals and advance philanthropy.

WSPN fulfills this mission in the following ways:

  • Invites new members to join from philanthropic organizations in the western suburbs.
  • Offers 8-10 programs from September to June.
  • Brings a special speaker to the western suburbs to present on a current nonprofit topic.
  • Hosts an Annual Awards Luncheon to recognize local philanthropists, organizations and volunteers.
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter, ViewPoint, to keep all members well informed.
  • Provides scholarships to members to attend local seminars, conferences, and classes related to philanthropy.
WSPN continues its longstanding tradition of providing guidance, networking opportunities, and education to those who serve nonprofit organizations in the western suburbs. 

WSPN is a volunteer-led organization with a board dedicated to serving their fellow development professionals.  Please feel free to contact any board member directly with any questions, comments or concerns.

Board Members

Maeven Sipes, President
Vice President of Philanthropy
Northern Illinois Food Bank
(630) 443-6910 x116

Katie Michel, Vice President
Fundraising and Development Coordinator
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
(630) 933-7097

Catherine Voigt, Treasurer
Grant Writer
Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies
(630) 687-0714             

Laura Naab, Secretary
Development Manager
DuPage Children's Museum
(630) 637-8000 x2660

Ann E. Spehar, Immediate Past President
President and Consultant
Change a Life. Make a Gift.
(630) 370-3554

Committee Chairs

Awards Luncheon Co-Chair
Jessica Noe
Senior Development Manager
Feeding America
312) 641-5593

Awards Luncheon Co-Chair
To be determined

Communications Chair
Evan Munch
Communications and Development Specialist
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
630) 909-7514

Membership Committee Chair
Courtney Simek
Executive Director
Senior Home Sharing
(630) 407-0440, ext.11

Programs Co-Chair
Kim Spayer
Community Relations Supervisor
Western DuPage Special Recreation Assoc.
(630) 681-0962

Programs Co-Chair
Kate Bousum, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Child's Voice
(630) 595-8200

Cultivate Newsletter Editor and Designer
Jill McWilliams
Director of Foundation and Government Relations
Elmhurst College
(630) 617-6470

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Upcoming WSPN Events

07 Dec 2017 4:00 PM • Ellyn's Tap & Grill, Baker Hill, 940 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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