Meeting the Needs of Suburban Philanthropic Organizations
In 1986, a group of 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, it was decided to establish the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Today, WSPN brings together more than 200 members from the philanthropic community of the western suburbs of Chicago and is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Members consist of fundraisers, funders, nonprofit staff, corporate and foundation leaders, volunteers and others interested in advancing philanthropy.
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To offer support to development professionals and advance philanthropy.
WSPN fulfills this mission in the following ways:
Membership benefits include:
WSPN continues its longstanding tradition of providing guidance, research, networking opportunities, and education to those who serve nonprofit organizations in the western suburbs.
Please feel free to contact any board member directly with any questions, comments or concerns or let us know of your interest in further involvement with the organization.