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Upcoming events

    • 18 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online Webinar


    What burning questions do you have regarding grants and foundations? 

    Join us for a panel of area funders who will tell us about their foundations in general and their grant programs in particular. This program will be highly interactive in nature and encourage open dialogue between panelists and attendees. 

    Learn first-hand how grant makers determine their giving priorities, how they prefer to build relationships with charities, what they look for in proposals, and what they expect in communication.


    Cathy McCann has served as a Program Officer for the Topfer Family Foundation since 2015. In this role, she manages $1m in annual philanthropic giving to over 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area. Cathy has over 19 years of experience in nonprofit administration as a staff member, consultant, board member, and grant maker. She began her nonprofit career in the Education Department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she was responsible for overseeing the largest arts education program in the Midwest. As Program Director for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, she was responsible for managing the grant-making processes for local arts organizations and individual artists. For the past 10 years, she has also served as a grant writing consultant and researcher for various nonprofit organizations.

    She is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and received the 2019 WSPN Distinguished Service Person of the Year for her volunteer work with the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Cathy and her husband, Adin, manage The Sadie McCann Fund, a charity started in memory of their daughter, Sadie Elizabeth, which is dedicated to supporting families who have a child with Aicardi syndrome. Cathy received her B.S. in Arts Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She enjoys traveling, cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with her 13-year old rescue German Shepherd mix, Baxter.


    Clare Butterfield joined the Christopher Family Foundation as Executive Director in 2018. Her broad interests and experiences help the Foundation to develop its strategic approach, and to form strong partnerships with grantees. Prior to joining The Christopher Family Foundation, she served as Program Director at the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, initiating their grantmaking in support of non-profits that provide energy literacy education to Illinois consumers. Prior to that she was the founding Executive Director of Faith in Place, which works with communities of all faiths to connect the teachings of their tradition to practices of care for the Earth. She has practiced tax and transactional law in private practice and at the Internal Revenue Service and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She studied history at the University of Illinois, where she also obtained her J.D. She earned an M.Div. from Meadville Lombard and a D.Min. from Chicago Theological Seminary.

    Tom Fuechtmann is currently a Senior Program Officer of Community Memorial Foundation (CMF).  Established in 1995, Community Memorial Foundation is a private foundation with a focus on community health improvement. Their geographic area includes 27 communities in western Cook and southeastern DuPage Counties in Illinois. CMF’s mission is to measurably improve the health of people who live and work in the western suburbs of Chicago. In the past twenty years, the foundation has distributed more than $60 million in grants to improve the health of our local community

    Tom has served as a program officer with CMF since 2001. In that time, Tom has directed two of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives—the Youth Initiative aimed at improving health among young people aged 6-18, and more recently the Building Organizational Effectiveness Initiative aimed at building the organizational capacity of CMF’s grantees. Tom has given presentations at local, regional and national conferences on grantmaking and nonprofit capacity building. Tom has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a master's degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

    Gwendolyn McNutt is a Regional External Affairs Manager with Comcast, with more than 25 years of experience. In her current role, she is responsible for managing community impact initiatives, working with nonprofit organizations and administering event sponsorship opportunities. Some of her key initiatives include the Comcast Internet Essential Program, the annual volunteer day of service, Comcast Cares Day and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

    Gwendolyn is a lifelong resident of Illinois and has engaged with various community organizations throughout the area. She currently serves on the board of directors of Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP), and is a recent past member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Board of Governors. In 2019, she was awarded a NACE ILEA Chicago Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, by Chicago area members of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) and ILEA (International Live Events Association) for her accomplishments within the special events industry.

    Gwendolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Arts degree in corporate communication from DePaul University. She also holds a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation, available to only an elite group of qualified industry professionals. Gwendolyn has contributed to a number of publications and websites including USA Today, Nerd HQ and ILEA Experience. She enjoys traveling, crafting and catching up on her favorite TV shows.


    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   Registration Check-In and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn
    • 424

    You are invited to join us for an afternoon of celebration as we honor those who have been part of making the nonprofit community in the western suburbs stronger than ever.

    Since 1986, the West Suburban Philanthropic Network (WSPN) has been dedicated to working with the area’s nonprofit community.  Each year, WSPN recognizes a number of people, 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.

    This year, WSPN recognizes such individuals and organizations in a variety of categories.  We hope that you will join us in honoring these recipients by attending the 18th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. Registration closes on Friday, May 8th!

    Act Now! Early Bird Registration will be open until April 15th!
    Individual and Outstanding Volunteer Tickets - $50 per person

    Sponsorships are available from $500-$5,000.


    Register with option "A" and when it asks if you're registering any Outstanding Volunteers as guests, click yes.  Then list their names in the box below that in addition to adding them as guests within your registration.

    Important Note: If you are registering any Outstanding Volunteers you must list their names in the given box(s). If those individuals are only added as guests, we have no way of knowing they are an Outstanding Volunteer. 

    Email WSPN Luncheon Chair, Sarah O'Donnell by clicking here to request an invitation or for more information.

    Click here to learn about becoming a sponsor.

    via phone (630) 407-6458 or email Shefali.trivedi@dupageco.org

Past events

11 May 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
16 Apr 2020 Free Online Webinar: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Truth About the True Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission
19 Mar 2020 CANCELLED - Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes
16 Mar 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
20 Feb 2020 Manage Stress & Increase Resilience
04 Feb 2020 WSPN's Re"SOLUTION" 2020
16 Jan 2020 Vision for your Profession
13 Jan 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
21 Nov 2019 Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success
16 Oct 2019 WSPN's Happy Hour
12 Sep 2019 Reading Between the Numbers: Understanding Nonprofit Finance
06 Sep 2019 Food for Thought
23 Jul 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
20 Jun 2019 Successful Board Fundraising-Tips and Practical Advice from Small, Medium and Large Organizations
18 Apr 2019 The Business Case Behind Building Diverse Teams in the Nonprofit Workplace
08 Apr 2019 Inaugural Food for Thought
21 Mar 2019 Balancing Act: How to Manage, Balance, and Thrive in a Small Organization
21 Feb 2019 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Philanthropic Process
13 Feb 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
17 Jan 2019 Mentoring and Role-Modeling: Why It's a Big Deal for You and Your Organization
27 Nov 2018 WSPN The Happiest Hour
15 Nov 2018 Money in the Middle - Making the Most of Mid-Level Donors
11 Oct 2018 Storytelling Your Way to #GivingTuesday Success
13 Sep 2018 The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win
12 Jul 2018 WSPN's Summer Social
21 Jun 2018 Funders Panel
19 Apr 2018 Creating an Unforgettable Online Presence Suitable for a Goldfish
15 Mar 2018 Developing Effective Junior Boards
15 Feb 2018 Special Event Bootcamp
18 Jan 2018 Promoting your Nonprofit through Public Relations
07 Dec 2017 WSPN Holiday Gathering
08 Nov 2017 The 3rd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day
19 Oct 2017 Finding the Dollars in Your Data
21 Sep 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
07 Sep 2017 WSPN After Hours
15 Jun 2017 Funders Panel
23 May 2017 15th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
20 Apr 2017 Restructuring for Success: Mission Sustainability through Organizational Restructuring & Strategic Collaborations
16 Mar 2017 Board Development and Engagement
16 Feb 2017 Finding & Working with the “Invisible” Staff Members
19 Jan 2017 Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

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