State Budget Preview: Further Cuts to Safety Net on the Horizon

Release Date: 
02/09/2012

Illinois' economic vitality and the strength of our communities depend on a well-managed and well-maintained network of nonprofit services. While the details of Governor Quinn's fiscal year 2013 budget won't be released until his budget address on February 22, an analysis from Voices for Illinois Children's Fiscal Policy Center estimates that cuts to human services represents 60 percent of the Governor’s total cuts of $574 million.

Free Webinars Will Help Nonprofits Engage Voters + Keep it Legal This Election Year

Release Date: 
01/23/2012

2012 is going to be a big year for our communities. Our general primary is in March, a presidential election still awaits in November, and state and congressional elections are also in play. Is your nonprofit ready to rally your community to participate?

Illinois Grantmakers + Nonprofits Come Together For a Unique "Community of Practice" on Streamlining Grantmaking at Donors Forum

Release Date: 
01/19/2012

Donors Forum’s new "Community of Practice" on Streamlining the Grant Process kicked off January 18 with an enthusiastic group of 30 leaders from Member and Forum Partner organizations, and Associate Members from the Chicagoland area. Participants began a journey focused on finding mutual understanding and fostering working together as grantors and grantees to find solutions to streamlining the grant process in the sector.

Donors Forum Calls New Water Fees A Hidden Tax

Release Date: 
01/12/2012

As new water fees in Mayor Emanuel’s 2012 budget take effect this month, Donors Forum is concerned for the hundreds of Chicago nonprofits who will be hit with a new bill they can ill afford – one that might also represent a hidden tax on the nonprofit community.

Guest Post: Jan Masaoka on The Nonprofit's Guide to Human Resources

Release Date: 
01/12/2012

I once served on the board of a group whose executive director adamantly insisted that managing staff was her responsibility, not the board's. We stayed hands off until we started to hear rumors of favoritism. After we prevailed in a battle with her about getting a listing of staff pay, we were shocked to discover that her assistant was paid $20,000 more than the program director and nearly as much as the development director. A lesson - actually several lessons - learned.

John Bouman on Justice, and engaging in a Useful Life

Release Date: 
11/18/2011

At a recent planning meeting for an exciting new symposium that Donors Forum is planning on civic engagement, Sharon Bush of the Fry Foundation shared a quote from John Bouman of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and Co-Chair of Donors Forum's Public Policy Committee.

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Less Than Two Percent of Individuals’ Income in Illinois Goes to Nonprofits: Key Findings About Individual Giving in Illinois

Release Date: 
10/27/2011

Nationwide individuals’ charitable giving is by far the largest source of private contributions to nonprofits: in 2010 individuals’ giving accounted for 81% of all private donations, totaling $211 billion. 8% of these donations are from bequests with the remaining 73% from individuals, according to the Giving USA 2011 report that incorporates data from the IRS, issued in June.

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