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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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Youth and Family Volunteer Fair

Naperville Municipal City Municipal Center 400 South Eagle Street, Naperville, IL

The annual Youth and Family Volunteer Fair for families and students will be held at the Naperville Municipal City Municipal Center located at 400 South Eagle Street on Tuesday, October 11th from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Local nonprofit agencies and organizations will be on hand to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities, enabling students [...]

Generational Differences in the Nonprofit Sector Program

CNP Academy (Chicago) 33 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL

Too often, there is a significant aspect of workplace diversity that is constantly overlooked: generational diversity. It’s time to become an expert on this increasingly popular and compelling topic! Our Generational Differences in the Nonprofit Sector workshop is the perfect place to get started. Presented by Shannon Deamer, Managing Director of Careers In Nonprofits in [...]


How the Pros Succeed in Getting Donors and Clients to Yes

Lisle/Naperville Hilton 3003 W. Corporate Drive, Lisle

Closing charitable gifts can often prove challenging for not-for-profits and professional advisors, even when the donor/client possesses the capacity to make the gift and a passion for the opportunity being considered.  Myriad barriers, both practical and emotional can arise.  As such, understanding when and how to leverage technical expertise and emotional intelligence to address these [...]

$30 – $45

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage 222 E. Willow Ave., Wheaton, IL

Program by WSPN Have you identified the next step in your career? In fundraising and nonprofit work, it is often challenging to identify your career path. Will you do the same job forever? Are you interested in someday having a leadership role at your organization? Are you looking to grow within your current organization? Are [...]

Free for members