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Welcome WID Members and Friends!

WID Celebrating 35 YearsIt is my honor and privilege to serve as President of Women in Development of Greater Boston (WID). Since 1980, WID has been a leader in the development community, providing opportunities for members to network, share expertise, and further enhance their skills.

This year marks WID's 35th anniversary! We have so much to celebrate and reflect on as we honor this milestone. More than three decades ago, six women gathered together to build a network to support women in the development field. Now, we proudly provide professional development opportunities for 700+ members, including some of the leading senior development professionals in the greater Boston area, who are committed to sharing their own knowledge and experience with fellow members.

Whether attending a Brown Bag Lunch, a members-only networking "round robin" evening social, or hearing a leading philanthropist or industry expert speak at our Fall or Spring program, you have a unique opportunity to connect with fellow development professionals across a variety of industries and fields. Explore your own development career path by becoming involved with one of our many active committees or by serving as a speaker.

If you are not yet a member, now is the time to sign-up! Membership in Women in Development is an investment not just in yourself and your career, but in an organization whose mission to promote and support the advancement of women in the development profession is as important today as it was to the six women around the table 35 years ago.

Warmest regards,

Heather Kispert Hagerty
President, Women in Development of Greater Boston
Meet Heather Kispert Hagerty

"The First Six Months Are Over. Now What? How to Be Resilient and Nimble in Strategy Development." - January 22, 2015

Every organization, large or small, raises funds by the fiscal year. Sometimes, our carefully devised strategies go exactly according to plan. At the halfway mark, we can see a clear path toward successfully meeting (or ideally exceeding) our goals - and spend the remainder of our year continuing to execute for this year while planning for the next. Other times, unfortunately, revenue doesn't meet expectations. A major event falls short. An expected gift commitment falls through or is delayed. Our institution experiences a crippling public relations challenge. An unanticipated opportunity arises to which we must devote staff attention. We realize that our revenue forecast or Board imposed fundraising goal is just not realistic, yet our organization is depending on us to meet that goal. What can you possibly do with just six months left to cross the finish line? This is the ultimate fundraiser's dilemma, and one that most of us have experienced at least once in our careers. Read more.


"To Give or Not to Give: How do Donors Make Decisions about Their Charitable Giving?" - February 26, 2015

When it comes to making a charitable donation there are many factors that donors consider before signing over a check. And these days, with the addition of philanthropic advisors, family foundations and legal advisors, the landscape of charitable giving is continually changing. Our program is designed to provide some insight into the donor process: how do individuals of wealth today make decisions about where to give? What kinds of questions do they ask and what are some red flags that might deter their gift? Who else is involved in their decision making process and of these individuals, whose input carries the most weight? What drives donors to give consecutively to the same organization or institution? Whether you're at a small shop or a large institution, you'll receive best practices and real-world examples to help you in your own work, cultivating your most generous donors! Read more.

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January 22, 2015 - Brown Bag Lunch Program - The First Six Months Are Over. Now What? How to Be Resilient and Nimble in Strategy Development.

Save the Date - February 5, 2015 - Members-Only Networking Event

February 26, 2015 - Brown Bag Lunch Program - To Give or Not to Give: How do Donors Make Decisions about Their Charitable Giving?


December 3, 2014 - Program Summary - "Storytelling Through Video & Social Media" Read more

November 4, 2014 - Program Summary - Expert Advice: "Never Take No for an Answer!" Read more

October 7, 2014 - Program Summary - Donor Stewardship: The First - or Last? - Item on Your To-Do List Read more

May 29, 2014 - Program Summary - The Billion Dollar Campaign: Is it all that Different? Read more

May 14, 2014 - Program Summary - WID's Spring Annual Meeting Featuring Pat Brandes, Retired Executive Director, Barr Foundation Read more

May 6, 2014 - Program Summary - The Art of the Ask: A Step-by-Step Dramatization Read more

April 7, 2014 - Program Summary - Prospect Management: Effective Resources for Moving Relationships Forward Read more

January 23, 2014 - Program Summary - Fresh Ideas for Annual Giving Read more

Past Program Summaries


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