• Groups: Non-Profit

  • We know that working for, and running, a non profit can be tough work! That's why we started this group - to help support the unique nature of running a non-profit business.

    Join staff and board members of local organizations as we meet up to exchange ideas, learn about village updates, and share resources for nonprofit success. 

  • When Does this Group Meet?


    The Non-Profit Affinity Group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 - 2 pm.

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    Sometimes we meet in person, sometimes on Zoom - check the Chamber calendar for details of each month's gathering!

    Meet our 2023 Sponsor!

    Want Regular Updates?

    If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on what the Non-Profit Affinity Group is up to, just send an email to Mark Walden (mwalden@oprfchamber.org) to get added to our mailing list.

  • Meet the Leaders

    Meet our fabulous co-chairs!

    Cheryl Flinn, The Symphony of Oak Park River Forest

    Judy Klem, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory

    "We can't wait to get the ideas flowing and share resources to make us all a success!"

    These leaders want to hear from YOU, so if you want to get involved, have ideas or burning issues you think would make great topics, reach out directly to either Cheryl (cflinn234@hotmail.com) or Judy (director@fopcon.org). 

  • Discussion Topics for 2023


    JANUARY 12, 2023 - Tax Law Changes and Unrelated Business Income with Jeff Schroeder

    Jeff will share with us any recent changes in tax law that are relevant for nonprofits, as well as discussing the perils and possibilities of "unrelated business income" - all the things nonprofits do to try to generate their own funding!   

    CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

    FEBRUARY 2, 2023 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Speaking Authentically, Persuasively, and Enthusiastically with Lee Dowling

    Don't miss the chance to connect with nonprofit peers, and to brush up on your public speaking skills - useful in so many settings!

    CLICK HERE for more info and to register.


    MARCH 2, 2023 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Best Practices in Web Site Management with Jerry Hutchinson

    Come learn from Jerry "Hutch" Hutchinson, owner and designer at Hutchinson.  Hutch is a longtime web designer, graphic designer, and consultant for nonprofit and for-profit clients, helping them get the most out of their web sites without spending excess amounts of time on them.

    CLICK HERE for more info and to register.


    APRIL 6, 2023 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Networking & Collaboration! with Judy Klem & Cheryl Flinn

    Affinity group co-chairs Cheryl Flinn of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and Judy Klem of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, will facilitate conversation among attendees about ways that local nonprofits can work together. 

    CLICK HERE for more info and to register.


    MAY 4, 2023 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Prioritizing Action & Board Engagement with Shailushi Ritchie

    Our featured resource person for this meeting will be Shailushi Ritchie, founder and CEO of Sevah Consulting.  Sevah Consulting is dedicated to serving nonprofits in transition and helping them thrive during periods of major change. 

    CLICK HERE for more info and to register.