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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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Secrets to Fundraising Success with Individual Donors

Did you know that 81% of all charitable donations come from individuals? If you’re not actively cultivating individual donors, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to ensure that your fundraising is successful and sustainable. This introductory workshop outlines the techniques, strategies, and skills for turning prospects into donors. You’ll learn how to [...]


Volunteer Management 101

Forefront Large Conference Room 208 S. LaSalle Street, #1535, Chicago, IL

Prepare to learn the basics of volunteer management.  This will be a great seminar for people who are new to the field, people who are looking to revamp their volunteer program or people who are starting a new volunteer program from scratch.  Topics will include program design, volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention, and volunteer recognition. Full [...]


Strategic Planning – Issue Based and Directed

DuPage 421 Building 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL

Giving DuPage began its partnership with the Civic Leadership Academy at Northern Illinois University in 2015 to invite Giving DuPage non-profit partners to an accredited and nationally-recognized certificate program. Non-profit organizations have access to discounted course rates as a benefit of being a Giving DuPage partner. Courses are centered on professional development, organizational efficiency, and informed leadership. The partnership [...]

$66 – $75

Grant Writing for Nonprofits

Learn the basic skills needed to write a grant proposal tailored to the needs of a grant funder. Topics will include how to source a grant funder, understand their goals and tailor your proposal to meet them. This is a three session course with the opportunity to meet with the instructor for individual follow up [...]

Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact

Facebook Live is taking the newsfeed by storm! This (relatively) new live broadcasting feature lets any person, brand, or nonprofit live-stream events, reveals, celebrations, and more. Webinar participants will get the following takeaways: How to pick the best topic for your first broadcast Examples of creative Facebook broadcasts from other nonprofits How to promote your [...]

National Summit on Volunteer Engagement

National Summit on Volunteer Engagement - Mapping Our Future, Strengthening Our Voice July 26 - 28, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is hosting the National Summit on Volunteer Engagement to learn, connect, and create the future of volunteer engagement. The National Summit is an opportunity for current and emerging leaders to [...]

Cocktails & Conversation

Ellyn's Tap & Grill 940 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL

  Need a break? Join fellow WSPN-ers for cocktail hour! Come meet some great people, while enjoying appetizers and your first drink on us. This event never disappoints! This is a complimentary event to active WSPN member, there is a $10 charge for Guests.  

Tax and Legislative Update

Registration Required Topic: Tax and Legislative Update Speaker: Terry Cicero, CPA, CFP® Description: The enactment of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought about sweeping changes to our Tax Code not seen in more than 30 years. One year later we review the new law and the IRS guidance since then.  Emphasis of discussion will be center on tax benefits […]

Executive Director Nuts & Bolts

DuPage 421 Building 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL

Giving DuPage began its partnership with the Civic Leadership Academy at Northern Illinois University in 2015 to invite DuPage nonprofit organizations to an accredited and nationally-recognized certificate program. Giving DuPage Nonprofit Members have access to courses at a discounted rate. Courses are centered on professional development, organizational efficiency, and informed leadership.  To date, over 350 nonprofit professionals have taken courses through […]

$71 – $80