Join us 6/20 for our 40th Anniversary Annual Luncheon!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

40th Anniversary

On behalf of our Board Chair, Donald A. Cooke, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and our 40th Anniversary Co-chairs Merri Ex, President and CEO of Family Focus, and Ernest Vasseur, Executive Director of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, we invite you to join more than 600 of your nonprofit and philanthropy colleagues to commemorate Donors Forum’s 40th anniversary Annual Luncheon!


Event: Donors Forum’s 40th Anniversary Annual Luncheon

When: Friday, June 20, 2014 from 11:15 am – 1:30 PM

Where: Hilton Chicago

Registration: Registration has closed for this event.


At the Luncheon, we will also celebrate the achievements of President and CEO Valerie S. Lies, who will retire on June 30 after 27 years with Donors Forum. Handy L. Lindsey, active for many years in Chicago philanthropy and a former Donors Forum Board Member, will introduce Valerie. Valerie will the share her experiences and thoughts about the future of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as she talks candidly with Mae Hong, Director of the Chicago office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and a former Donors Forum Board Member.

40th Anniversary Keynote Speakers

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will share remarks on Donors Forum's leadership role in the sector. We'll view a special video celebrating Donors Forum's past, present, and future; and Valerie's successor, Eric Weinheimer, will be introduced.

Everyone from our sector is invited, regardless of membership in Donors Forum. Register by 5/20 to receive an early-bird discount.  Donors Forum Members, Forum Partners, and Associate Members also receive an additional discount, and there is special pricing for students. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with colleagues and help us celebrate four decades of strengthening Illinois philanthropy and the nonprofit community!


~ Marilou Jones, Director of Strategic Marketing, Donors Forum