SWSPN supports development professionals, executive directors and many more in the nonprofit world. We depend upon local nonprofits for our resources.

What we do:

  • Facilitate opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information.
  • Provide educational programs for professional advancement and for improving on-the-job performance.
  • Maintain and improve the professional standards of those in the philanthropic arena.
  • Develop leaders within the profession.

SWSPN is led by local development professionals who serve as volunteers on the Board of Directors.

Become a Member
When you become a member of the SouthWest Suburban Philanthropic Network [SWSPN – “SWISS-pen”], you demonstrate your commitment to advance philanthropy and join the leading nonprofit professional development organization in the area.

Benefits of Membership
Ideas and information are essential components of success in the field of philanthropy. You enhance your credibility when you know about emerging trends, current issues, and best practices. SWSPN members enjoy access to timely educational programs that help them and their organizations be more effective. The ideas and information available through SWSPN can help you:
• Bring new solutions to your organization
• Learn more about the philanthropic climate in the southwest suburban region
• Gain insight into the nuts and bolts of raising funds for your organization.

SWSPN Membership Brochure and Application (Fillable PDF)

Relationships are just as important to success as ideas and information. Whether it’s learning how to take advantage of the latest technology or solve a sticky problem at work, professionals in all walks of life usually turn to their colleagues for answers. SWSPN members benefit from knowing people they can consult for quick and expert support — right here in the southwest suburban region. Meeting other professionals working in your field can help you:
• Handle a difficult decision or crisis
• Locate resources; find answers
• Find a mentor or be a mentor.

As a member of SWSPN, your organization can:
• Demonstrate to funders that they invest in professional development
• Find new employees through the SWSPN network
• Gain exposure by posting events on SWSPN’s Community Calendar.

As an individual member of SWSPN, you can:
• Improve career opportunities and
• Demonstrate their commitment to working in this field
• Enhance their professional image.

Membership Dues (Full Year)
Dues for individual members: $50.
Dues for corporations and organizations
(three representatives): $125.

Membership is annual from January to December. The annual membership includes regular programs, discounted registration fees for special programs, and access to all SWSPN features.

Program Meetings

Programs are usually held in the New Lenox area on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled. Program announcements are sent to members via email. Most programs are free to members; occasional special programs require a modest fee. People interested in membership may attend their first regular meeting at no charge; registration is required. After the first meeting, non-members pay $10.00 per program they wish to attend.

SWSPN Membership