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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
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Members-Only Winter Networking Social - March 10, 2015

We hope you will join us for our networking event; back by popular demand! If you are looking for a great way to make new professional connections, join us for the Winter Social Networking Event on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The Member Services Committee is hosting this informal opportunity for members to network within the development community. We will start the night off with a fun activity, then enjoy the rest of the evening in the company of fellow development professionals. 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.

Call for WID Board Nominations - Deadline: February 27, 2015

Expand your professional network and help your development colleagues hone and sharpen skills for an ever-evolving industry. WID is currently seeking nominees for open positions on the board of directors and for volunteers to serve on WID committees. Both self-nominations and nominations of colleagues are enthusiastically welcomed. Read more.


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March 10, 2015 - Members-Only Winter Networking Social

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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