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Welcome to the Nonprofit Newsroom – a one-stop shop for nonprofit organizations to learn about: grant announcements, professional development opportunities, training seminars & workshops, and general bulletins or updates.

This new resource page can help your organization learn about important funding opportunities, develop your staff and stay current with the latest in our local nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Newsroom page will continually be updated with new events & announcements, so check it often and bookmark the newsroom page as a favorite.  Email [email protected] with your professional opportunity, contact for the event, and a website link for your announcement. We recommend adding your nonprofit organization’s events to the Volunteer Portal.

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Donor Communications Plan, Part II – WSPN

The Morton Arboretum Sycamore Room, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

Are you responsible for your organization’s public profile, or are you lacking the team, time or tools to leverage your non-profit organization online? If so, grab a smart device and join us for a digital power training session on marketing your organization the economic and efficient way. Part one in our donor communications plan series [...]

2nd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day | The Art of Securing Planned Gifts: Myth-busting the Magic

Lisle/Naperville Hilton 3003 W. Corporate Drive, Lisle

Please join WSPN for Partners in Philanthropy Day,  second annual program in partnership with the Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council and the SouthWest Suburban Philanthropic Network. This half-day workshop  features nationally-renowned planned giving expert Bryan Clontz, CFP®, CAP®, who will debunk the perceived obstacles to creating and enhancing robust planned giving programs for not-for-profits of all [...]


Sleep Out Saturday

Bridge Communities 505 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn

Join the estimated 2,000 teens and adults in an outdoor, all-night movement and fundraiser assisting local homeless families: the 13th annual “Sleep Out Saturday”. Approximately 75 sleep-out sites participate throughout DuPage County on church lawns, in school parking lots and in families’ back yards supporting the #HomelessNoMore movement. Participants choose to leave the comforts of [...]


#ILGive is an initiative of Forefront. Forefront is Illinois' state membership association of philanthropy, nonprofits, advisors, social enterprises, and other organizations that works to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Forefront created #ILGive, our local #GivingTuesday campaign, focused on giving specifically in Illinois. #ILGive is an opportunity to highlight […]

2016 Innovation and Collaboration Grant

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) invites responses to the 2016 Innovation & Collaboration Tour grant opportunity.  ILCHF is seeking innovative and collaborative approaches to address the healthcare care needs of children in the Northwest, Southwest and Collar Counties/Suburban Cook County regions of Illinois. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be announced in May, 2017.  ILCHF will […]

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference 2016

Chicago Hilton 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

At this year's Nonprofit Storytelling Conference you will learn how to tell better stories across the many aspects of fundraising and donor communications. You'll learn: how to tap into your donor's emotions digital media storytelling major donor storytelling, visual storytelling telling stories at special events You'll also learn the basics of storytelling as well as some [...]

$595 – $945

Ensure Organizational Leadership: Succession Planning for All

North Park University 3225 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL

Hosted at North Park University, Chicago, IL About this Session: The most valuable asset of a nonprofit organization is its executive director/chief executive officer; a critical function of the governing board of an organization is the hiring and monitoring of its ED/CEO.  The board is obligated to ensure leadership continuity, and the ED/CEO should likewise [...]


The FootPRINT Fund – Marketing Communications Grant

Several years ago, Allegra in Schaumburg launched its FootPRINT Fund, which awards marketing communications and print services, through Allegra in Schaumburg, to select applicant nonprofit organizations to help enhance their image, expand their services and extend their marketing communications and printing budgets. Details and application can be found at The FootPRINT Fund. The application deadline […]

When Volunteers are More Valuable than Money

North Park University 3225 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL

Hosted at North Park University, Chicago, IL About this Session:  For many nonprofits, the offer from a volunteer to help on a website, look at a budget, or provide database support is a double-edged sword. Help is nice, but the wrong help on these critical infrastructure challenges is doubly costly as a nonprofit must find [...]



Know an impactful youth mentoring program or an awesome mentor/mentee that made a difference? The Illinois Mentoring Partnership is hosting the statewide 2017 IMPACT Awards recognition event to honor companies, organizations, and key individuals who are making a difference through mentoring. Apply Today! Questions? Contact Taylor Gendel at [email protected] or call 312.516.5571 Application Deadline - December 12, 2016