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  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:54 PM | Anonymous


    Happy New Year!

    As we turn the page on 2017 and look forward to 2018 I wanted to share with you a few of the WSPN Board’s priorities for the year and how you can play a bigger role in our future.

    • We are committed to continuing offering exceptional educational and networking opportunities for our members.
    • We will be launching a new website with an updated look and increased usability to register for events and find the information you need.
    • We are shifting focus to more digital content and using our website, social media and emails to engage our members and provide resources.
    • Be on the lookout for a survey requesting your thoughts on what content and resources are important to you, we want to customize our channels for your needs!

    As we transition our quarterly print newsletter Cultivate to our digital channels I want to personally thank Jill McWilliams for her amazing work on this piece over the years. If anyone is interested in helping brainstorm the future of our newsletter content, please reach out to Lisa Markovic, Communications Chair.

    Finally, we are gearing up for our 16th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on May 22nd at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn. We are looking for members to join the planning committee to ensure a wonderful event for our honorees. Please reach out to Jessica Noe, Luncheon Co-Chair and we invite interested parties to attend the first committee meeting on January 17th at 4 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District office in Wheaton.

    Thank you for your commitment to bettering the lives of neighbors in our community. 

    I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and successful new year!

    Maeven Sipes

  • Friday, January 05, 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    WSPN is actively looking for support in the following areas. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved and help WSPN continue to provide quality educational programming and events for development professionals please let us know!

    Newsletter Committee - produces the quarterly printed newsletter, Cultivate

    • Committee Roles Needed
    •   Committee Chair/Editor
    • Writer/Researcher
    •  Designer

    If you are interested, please contact Maeven Sipes at

    Awards Luncheon Committee – plans and implements the May awards luncheon

    Committee Roles Needed

    • Logistics/Vendor Relationships
    • Sponsorship
    • Public Relations and Honoree/Presenter Coordinator
    • Designer
    • Mailing List and Registrations
    • Outstanding Volunteer Recognition

    If you are interested please contact Sarah O’Donnell at

    Membership Committee – retain and increase membership and plan networking events

    Committee Roles Needed

    • Stewardship
    • Networking Events
    • Membership Materials
    • Prospect Research and Outreach

    If you are interested, please contact Courtney Simek at

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 5:19 PM | Maeven Sipes

    The West Suburban Philanthropic Network (WSPN), calls for nominations in eight major philanthropic categories for its 14th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17. The purpose of the award program is to recognize and celebrate those individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations that provide so much to sustain and enhance the rich philanthropic environment that is fundamental to the quality of life in the western suburbs.


    Categories consist of:

    • Philanthropic Leadership Award - presented to an individual who has provided extraordinary leadership and resources or financial support to significantly impact the culture of philanthropy of one or more nonprofits or causes within the western suburbs.
    • Humanitarian of the Year - presented to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary humanitarian effort in making a major impact on the quality of life in the western suburbs.
    • Corporate/Foundation/Service Club Philanthropic Award - presented to an organization that has demonstrated an unusual commitment to the western suburbs through financial support, leadership and volunteerism. (Only one award will be presented for this category)
    • Nonprofit Executive of the Year - presented to a senior-level nonprofit executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the mission and services of his or her organization for the benefit of residents in the western suburbs.
    • Grantmaker of the Year - presented to a corporate or foundation philanthropic officer who has represented the donor organization with professional leadership while providing exceptional assistance to the west suburban nonprofit community.
    • Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year Award -  presented to an individual whose volunteerism has profoundly impacted programming and/or philanthropy of the local charity with which the individual serves as a volunteer.
    •  Young Philanthropist Award – presented to a youth leader or leaders who has exemplified commitment and dedication in helping the advancement of their local community in the western suburbs within the past two years. Ages 5-22 are eligible for award.
    • WSPN Distinguished Service Award - presented to a WSPN member whose efforts have helped to significantly advance the mission of WSPN.

    The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2016.  All nominations must be written in the form of a nomination letter (no more than two pages) and submitted to Jessica Noe at or mailed to Feeding America, 35 E. Wacker Dr, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601.

    Nomination letters should be 1-2 pages and must include the below items. For your reference, here are past nomination letters for Corporate Philanthropic Award, Philanthropic Leadership and Grantmaker

    • A detailed list of the nominee’s philanthropic accomplishments in the western suburbs, citing specific examples of the nominee’s fulfillment of the award category criteria. 
    • A list of the nominee’s achievements
    • Biographical information including the nominee’s address, phone, email and relevant professional experience.
    • Optional: Include supporting materials that may include copies of articles or reports.
    • If selected, a headshot of the nominee will be requested for publicity purposes. (Corporate/Foundation Philanthropic awardees will be asked to submit a logo.)

      Honorees and their nominators will be notified in February. Reservations for the luncheon will be accepted beginning in February. Individual tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available from $500 to $5,000. (Honorees will receive two complimentary tickets.)

      For more information regarding reservations or to inquire about ad rates and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Noe at

    • Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:13 PM | Maeven Sipes

      The West Suburban Philanthropic Network is honoring Daniel and Carol Goodwin as our 2015 Philanthropists of the Year.

      On October 29, 2014 the DuPage County Historical Museum honored Daniel Goodwin with the 2014 Making a Historical Difference award. A video tribute was created showcasing Mr. Goodwin's impact in DuPage County. 

      WSPN congratulates Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin and thanks them for their generous contributions to our community.

    • Monday, July 16, 2012 12:10 PM | Deleted user
      Historical video: Check out highlights from West Suburban Philanthropic Network's 10th Annual Awards Luncheon and our 25th anniversary by visiting:

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