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Nonprofit Managers and Board Members Are Invited to “Build Your Fundraising Toolkit”

Nonprofit Managers and Board Members Are Invited to “Build Your Fundraising Toolkit”

Calling all Nonprofit Directors, Fundraisers, Development Chairs and Board Members May 24, 2023 from 8:30 to 10am at the Women’s Exchange in the Community House in Winnetka! Join this lively Panel Discussion lead by two distinguished fundraising professionals with a lot of valuable experience to share. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other Nonprofits facing the same challenges you are. Breakfast will be served.

Topics of discussion will include:
Grant Writing
Board Development
Special Events and Programs
Corporate Sponsorships and Funding

Register Now for our November 7th Nonprofit Workshop “Grow: How Organizations Can Use META to Build Communities, Raise Awareness and Fundraise”
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Register Now for our November 7th Nonprofit Workshop “Grow: How Organizations Can Use META to Build Communities, Raise Awareness and Fundraise”

Mack Reynolds

The Volunteer Center invites all Nonprofit Executive Directors, Communications Managers and Development Chairs to a results-based workshop addressing all of your questions about social media and Meta

Lead by global brand professional Mack Reynolds, we’ll be exploring questions like “How can I build an active online community?”, “How can social media help me raise money?” “How can I find and work with social media creators and influencers to build my following?”  “What exactly is Meta, and why do I care?”

Monday, November 7th
11:30 AM
Clarkson Lodge at Clarkson Park
1950 New Willow Road, Northfield
Box Lunch Included

Whether you’re already doing it — or don’t really understand why Meta matters to you — you’ll come away with hands-on strategies that will give you the tools and confidence you need to take maximum advantage of this business-building social media platform.    This is a can’t miss opportunity for all nonprofit leaders who are looking to unlock the mystery of Meta!

Presenter Mack Reynolds leads team building strategies to help businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all sizes tap into their true creative potential across Meta’s platforms.  He has been helping brands tell breakthrough stories for 15+ years.  Before Meta he was at agencies in Texas and Chicago.  Mack is a Winnetka native, and current residents of Northfield with his wife and three kids.

Please Click Here to Register

If you have questions, please email the Volunteer Center at

The Volunteer Center Invites Nonprofits to a FREE Training Program: “The Basics of Board Governance” on June 15th
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The Volunteer Center Invites Nonprofits to a FREE Training Program: “The Basics of Board Governance” on June 15th


Program Agenda

  • Objectives of the Governing Board
  • Fiduciary & Legal Responsibilities of the Board
  • The Pillars of Good Governance
    • Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure
    • Effective Governance
    • Strong Financial Oversight
    • Responsible Fundraising

Nancy’s Profile

25+ Years of Experience

Nancy has more than 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to starting her own firm, Nancy worked for many years as a consultant with a “Big Four” CPA firm. During her tenure she gained experience in both audit and tax departments of the firm’s Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois offices. Nancy also worked in a managerial capacity for a local and then a regional CPA firm serving Chicagoland. In February, 2008, Nancy organized a new kind of accounting firm, Nancy L. Gonsiorek, CPA, LLC, intent to serve nonprofit organizations. The firm currently serves nonprofit clients in Northeastern Illinois.

Nonprofit Specialty

Nancy has served nonprofit organizations of various sizes throughout her career, providing audit and other attest services, information return (form 990) preparation, and other business advisory services.  The Firm practice is exclusive nonprofit organizations, currently serving approximately 60 organizations.  The Firm library is well-equipped with nonprofit accounting and policy manuals and other specialized nonprofit practice aids to provide clients with exceptional business resources.  Nancy has written a monthly column on nonprofit governance for a regional newspaper and serves on the Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee of the Illinois CPA Society, providing support to CPAs and nonprofit leaders throughout the state of Illinois.  In 2018, The Illinois CPA Society Board of Directors presented Nancy with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Committee.

About Nancy

Nancy has resided in Crystal Lake for the past 25 years, along with her husband, John, where they raised their two children. Nancy is an avid community volunteer, having served two terms on the …

Volunteers Needed for Community Shredding Event Saturday May 7th.  Bring Your Documents Too!

Volunteers Needed for Community Shredding Event Saturday May 7th. Bring Your Documents Too!

The Volunteer Center is joining with New Trier Township and Regina Dominican High School to sponsor a free community-wide document shredding and disposal event.

We need volunteers!

WHEN:    Saturday, May 7th from 8:30am-11:30am (or until we fill the truck)

WHERE: In the parking lot of Regina Dominican High School, at 701 Locust Road in Wilmette.


This contactless, drive-through event is a great opportunity to protect your financial privacy and prevent identity theft by destroying financial and other private documents before you dispose of them.  Please note there is a limit of 2 bags or boxes per person

We are looking for volunteers to help unload documents from donor’s cars and load them into the shredding truck, and to help with cleanup.

To volunteer, or for more information, email Barb Tubekis at

Don’t Miss Our Next Training Event: “How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year!”

Any nonprofit looking to grow its large donor base cannot afford to miss this game-changing training program.  Register Today!

The Volunteer Center and the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce invite you to a luncheon and a results-based program lead by Sherry Quam Taylor, President of Quam Taylor LLC.  Sherry teaches nonprofit leaders how to shift from small-dollars to investment-level donations.  Working with Sherry, you’ll learn how to confidently prepare and ask for the donations that fully fund your programs and mission every year.

Luncheon and Program
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Kenilworth Assembly Hall
410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth

Together, we’ll each create a practical step-by-step path to grow your organization’s funding. And she’ll also share the things you might be doing that are keeping larger donors from giving to you. You’ll walk away with hands-on strategies you can use immediately to help you get larger donations.

Check out Sherry’s Website:


Sherry’s Results Speak for Themselves…

Sandi was struggling to grow her charitable giving. Working with Sherry she learned the 3 most important things she needed to prepare for solicitations.  After she applied them, her organization’s annual gala grew from $75,000 in 2018 to over $200,000 in 2019.

Bing was struggling to secure and grow larger gifts for her nonprofit. Major corporations gave regularly, but their gifts were relatively small. Using the engagement strategies she learned in Sherry’s program, Bing built relationships with the decision makers. This strategy grew an annual gift from a major financial institution from $5,000 gift to $25,000 the 1st year.

David was faced with the high start-up costs of a Capital Campaign for his new Nonprofit. David knew he had a few large donors in his network, but didn’t have knowledge or experience in asking for large gifts. He invested in Sherry’s LET’S GROW …

The Volunteer Center is Looking to Grow Its Board

Join Us!

The Volunteer Center is looking for board members who enjoy working with like-minded people who want to make a difference in our community by giving back to those in need.  We are a working board that also has a lot of fun!

At the heart of our work are the Days of Service we sponsor throughout the year, which encourage volunteers of all ages to get involved.  We also host training and networking events for our 160+ Nonprofit partners.

We’re currently seeking Board members in a variety of different roles, including marketing, communications, fundraising, project management, event planning, and finance and accounting.

Find out more about Board membership here.

For more information, please contact Barb Tubekis at




2019-2020 Networking and Training Events for VC Nonprofit Partners


Planning is underway for this year’s Nonprofit training and networking events  — and there are more to come!  We’ll be tackling some important topics with this year’s programs, so you won’t want to miss these informative sessions that also offer a great opportunity to connect — and exchange ideas — with other Nonprofit professionals.  Watch this website for more details to come.



November 6, 2019
Winnetka Park District Community Room
Click Here to Register
Join us for a networking event and discussion about service learning and how the Volunteer Center can help you build or enhance your school’s community service programming.   We will provide new ideas to engage your youth in age-appropriate service activities that benefit nonprofits who will inspire them to a lifelong commitment to giving back.  This is also a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and share ideas.


November 19, 2019  
Marketing/Communications: New Strategies to Reach Your Nonprofit’s Audience!

Join the VC for breakfast and this special nonprofit training on building effective marketing and communications strategies, featuring Susan Noyes, Founder & Publisher of Make It Better Media Group, who will discuss “Activating Your Audience” and Chris Hogan, Managing Director of i3Insights and Executive Service Corps member who will cover “Marketing Your Nonprofit”. Comprehensive media contact list also provided attendees. REGISTRATION Required on VC website –  Location: Community House, Winnetka, 620 Lincoln, Winnetka. Breakfast: 8:30 – 10:30am

February 12th, 2020
“How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year”
Luncheon and Program co-sponsored by The Volunteer Center and Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce

Sherry Quam Taylor, President of Quam Taylor LLC, will teach you how to confidently prepare and ask for

An Engaged Group of Nonprofits Participated in a Thought-Provoking Workshop on the Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers Over Lunch at the Winnetka Community House

Nonprofits Looking for the Secrets to Finding and Retaining Loyal Volunteers Enjoyed Lunch and a Stimulating Discussion on May 30th at the Winnetka Community House

Executive Directors and Volunteer Managers from a wide variety of Nonprofits came together for lunch and to learn best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteers for their organizations.  Attendees gained tangible insights on volunteer recruitment, training and retention — how to  provide a rewarding experience for those valuable volunteers who not only support you with extra hands but also provide valuable PR impact in the community. We also discussed the potential positive affects of utilizing individuals with disabilities in volunteer program!

Our Presenters


Ann Healing, Director of  Volunteer and Church Engagement at Breakthrough. Ann leads their volunteer program consisting of over 2000 volunteers a year.  Breakthrough is a nonprofit that serves youth and families who live in East Garfield Park, as well as adults who are experiencing homelessness.  She has over 15 years of experience leading, managing, and training staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector.

Barbara Tubekis, Executive Director, The Volunteer Center (VC). Barb has been director since 1994 and in coordination with board and staff members of the VC, she has managed a full service volunteer program for over 15,000 individuals and service groups looking for meaningful opportunities with its growing list of nonprofit partners (currently 155+). Through its website, five annual Service Days, trainings and recognition of exceptional volunteers, the VC is a valuable resource that inspires volunteerism. Barb has lead workshops on volunteer management and served on the Serve Illinois Commission for eight years.

Tricia Luzadder, Ventures Program Manager, Search, Inc. Tricia oversees two social enterprises of Search, Inc, a long-standing service provider to adults with disabilities.  No Boundaries, Train for Work/Train for Life, is a program designed to …


60 Nonprofits Attended Our Recent “Meet Your Press” Panel Discussion on March 21st — and Left With Some Great Ideas

Last year’s Meet Your Press event was so successful that we offered another one this year.  On Wednesday, March 21, 2018  60 nonprofits gathered at the Winnetka Community House for a continental breakfast buffet and a robust panel discussion with members of local media outlets.

For nonprofits looking to increase the reach and impact of their media exposure, this was a can’t-miss opportunity to talk directly to members of the local press —  and to share ideas with fellow nonprofits who are all facing the same challenges of gaining visibility and awareness of their mission.

Up next?  “Managing Volunteers” and “Successful Fundraising Strategies”.  Watch this website for dates and more details.

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VC Hosts a Successful Training and Networking Event for Nonprofit Partners and Supporters

Nonprofit Executive Directors and Board Officers were invited to join the Volunteer Center for a discussion of one of the most critical challenges facing nonprofits today — Board Recruitment and Development.  This turned out to be a can’t-miss opportunity to learn from the experts, and to share ideas with other nonprofits.  The Volunteer Center is grateful to both of the “Mikes” and  our nonprofit partners for generating such a stimulating conversation — and to Avli for providing such delicious fare!
When:  June 10, 2016, 1-3PM
Where: Avli Estiatorio, 566 Chestnut Street (inside the Laundry Mall), Winnetka
Who:   Two Executive Service Corps professionals with decades of experience in building, developing and leading Boards and recruiting and managing volunteers.    Read their complete bios below

Mike Christ Bio and Headshot


Mike Snipes Bio and Headshot