• Groups: Non-Profit

  • With a focus on the non-profit sector, staff and board members of local organizations meet up to exchange ideas, learn about village updates, and share resources for nonprofit success. Connecting Business to Business and Business to Community. 

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  • 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?

    COVID-19 UPDATE - As of April 2020 we are meeting in the virtual world of Zoom! RSVP for our next meetup to connect with us! 

    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.


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  • Discussion Topics for 2020

    COVID-19 UPDATE - Since March 2020 our regular schedule has had to change! Our gatherings are now being planned in accordance with CDC Guidelines and the Illinois 5-Phase re-opening plan, so things are still in a little flux.  Although we have events listed below, we encourage you to please check the Chamber's event calendar to confirm the details of our next gathering.

    APRIL 16, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Ideas and Practices in On-line Fundraising CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Shailushi Ritchie - Founder & CEO, Sevah Consulting

    MAY 7, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Creating a Successful Junior BoardCLICK HERE to register.

    Presenters - Cheryl Wisniewski - Echo Theatre Collective, Rhea Yap - OPRF Community Foundation, Mark Walden - Medical Ambassadors Haiti

    JUNE 4, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) CARES Act - What Non Profits need to know CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Jeff Schroeder - CPA and Partner, Sassetti LLC

    JULY 2, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Event Planning in the time of Covid CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Heidi Ruehle - Chamber Board Member & Executive Director, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

    AUGUST 6, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Sponsorship Fundraising in the time of Covid CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenters - Kristi Braun - Chamber Board Member & Kosha Carstens, Chamber Sponsorship Coordinator

    SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Social Media for Non Profits CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Sarah Corbin, Marketing Manager, Beyond Hunger

    October 1, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) Crafting the Perfect Appeal Letter CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Juliet Yera, Director of Development at Hephzibah Children's Association and former development director at Sarah's Inn.

    November 5, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) - Tips and Tricks for Grant Writing - CLICK HERE to register.

    Presenter - Sarah Cohen, Sarah Cohen Consulting.

    December 3, 2020 - (1:00pm - 2:00pm) - TBD



  • Meet the Leaders!

    Our planning team welcomes you to the Non-Profit Affinity Group, an OPRF Chamber of Commerce affinity group.  The team includes:

    Cheryl Flinn, Board Member, The Symphony of OPRF

    Elizabeth Chadri, Program Officer, OPRF Community Foundation

    Jeff Schroeder, Partner, Sassetti LLC

    Jeff Stewart, Board Member, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON)

    Shailushi Ritchie, Principal, Sevah Consulting

    Sue Boyer, Board Chair, FOPCON

    Tracy Litsey, Communications Coordinator, The Childrens School