ADRP's 5th Annual Midwest Regional Forum

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Northwestern University
Guild Lounge in Scott Hall
601 University Place
Evanston, Illinois 60201

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 5th Annual Midwest Regional Forum! We hope you continue to grow your network and expertise by registering for the biggest donor relations event of the year! Registration is open now for the 16th Annual International Conference.

Relationships: with our colleagues, our leaders, our donors, our communities. They are at the core of everything we do in the field of donor relations. At the 5th Annual Midwest Regional Forum, we have an exciting lineup of speakers who will help us explore just a few of the many personal connections that give meaning to our line of work, from internal partnerships with finance and major gifts, to intimate events for donors, to our collaboration with volunteers and board members. This one-day opportunity is also your chance to build your own network and see old friends from across the Midwest. So head over to Evanston and pull up a chair. We can’t wait to see you!

Online registration is closed. Registration is available on site!
Limited Space Available

Registration Prices:
Non-Members: $175

This event is approved for 4 CFRE credits.


Time                Activity
8:30 – 9:00 AM                                  Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome & Breakfast Sponsor
9:10 – 10:10 AM Keynote Presentation
Eli Finkel
10:10 – 10:25 AM Break
10:25 – 11:15 AM Collaborating Around Endowment Reports: The Marriage of Finance, Fund Administration, and Stewardship
David Golden, Brian Hettiger, and Noel Miranda | University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
11:15 – 11:40 AM Volunteer/Board Member Fireside Chat 1                                                                                                                                  Wendy Joanna Riester  and Shelley Patenaude | Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
11:40 AM – 12:55 PM                            Lunch & Networking
12:55 – 1:45 PM Cultivating and Stewarding a Multi-Generational Family
Megan Farris and Ruth Meberg Stine | Rush University Medical Center
1:45 – 2:00 PM Break
2:00 – 2:50 PM Small but Mighty!: Utilizing Donor-Hosted Events to Expand the Donor Pipeline and Further Cultivate and Steward Principal Donors
Kristin Locketz and Melissa Palank | University of St. Thomas
2:50 – 3:15 PM Volunteer/Board Member Fireside Chat 2
Wendy McGuigan and Nancy Searle | John G. Shedd Aquarium
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:20 PM Besties: An Exploration of the Essential Relationship Between Gift Officers and Donor Relations
Panel moderated by Kendria Perry-Madden | Northwestern University
4:20 – 4:30 PM Closing Remarks
5:15 PM Networking Reception

Learn More about the Schedule and Speakers


ADRP has reserved a small block of rooms at the Hilton Orrington/ Evanston, located just a short two-minute walk from the Northwestern University. 

Hilton Orrington/ Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Room Rate: $158 plus tax, single

Reservations can be made by calling Hilton Central Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). Please identify yourself as being with the ADRP Regional Forum to receive the group rate. To confirm a guest reservation, Hilton Orrington/Evanston requires a guarantee of the first night’s room rate and tax, which may be provided by credit card. This also guarantees the reservation for late arrival. Individual reservations must be canceled 48 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee.

The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, July 1, 2019, or until the block is full. 

Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston
1501 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL, 60201
(855) 470-1611

The Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston has provided our attendees with a Good Neighbor Corporate Rate, ranging from $106-$115/night. Rates include complimentary internet and complimentary shuttle within 3 mile radius (based on availability).

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