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It is my honor and privilege to serve as President of Women in Development of Greater Boston (WID). For more than three decades, WID has been a leader in the development community, providing opportunities for members to network and further enhance their skills. We can count among our ranks 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.

I encourage you to take advantage of all that a WID membership as to offer. 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. WID's Institute for Nonprofits, one of our hallmark programs, has provided more than 100 organizations with fundraising workshops and mentorship to "small shops" since its inception. Explore your own development career path by becoming involved with one of our many active committees or by serving as a speaker.

Whether you are a brand new member or a longtime supporter, make this the year that you attend a WID event. We look forward to seeing you!

Warmest regards,

Heather Kispert Hagerty
President, Women in Development of Greater Boston
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The Art of the Ask: A Step-by-Step Dramatization - Brown Bag Lunch - May 6, 2014

As fundraisers we all know that good preparation for a major gift ask sometimes turns us into playwrights, creating leading roles for ourselves or others in our organization and to do so successfully requires skill, timing, and when all else fails, a sense of humor. These dialogues, whether scripted in our heads or actually committed to paper, serve as a guide to navigate what could potentially be an awkward conversation. Read more.

WID's Spring Annual Meeting - Breakfast Program - May 14, 2014

On May 14, Patricia Brandes, former executive director of the Barr Foundation, will address Women in Development at their spring Annual Meeting. She will share her sense of why our capacity to build relationships and practices of reflection are essential to social and environmental change. She predicts women will lead the next wave of change to balance an overreliance on the rational as demonstrated by the obsession with business practices in the nonprofit sector and materialism in the world. Register.

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

Large and influential institutions have recently made waves in the development world announcing and completing successful billion dollar capital campaigns. That's right, that's a "b" for billion! But are successful billion dollar campaigns really all that different from capital campaigns with more modest goals? Join our panel of experts to find out the answer! Our panel will cover the basic elements of a successful capital campaign at any level, share their tips for best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and give you the insider scoop on how setting a goal in the billions may or may not change your approach. Read more.

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May 6, 2014 - Brown Bag Lunch
The Art of the Ask: A Step-by-Step Dramatization

May 14, 2014 - Breakfast Program WID's Spring Annual Meeting

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


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

November 5, 2013 – Program Summary - "WID Fall Kick-Off Event" Read more

September 26, 2013 – Program Summary - "International Fundraising: "How to Raise Funds Overseas" Read more

Past Program Summaries


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