As Late Payments Pile Up, Policy - Not Politics - Should Govern

Release Date: 
10/25/2011

The General Assembly returns to Springfield this week for the fall legislative session. Governor Quinn laid out his top three priorities for this session: 1) sustaining his veto of a 'smart grid' energy system, 2) ending legislative scholarships, and 3) passing a revised gambling bill. Noticeably absent is paying down the backlog of overdue bills.

Author Series Launches With Jason Saul on 'The End of Fundraising'

Release Date: 
10/17/2011

Jason Saul, author of The End of Fundraising, was featured at Donors Forum’s inaugural Author Series event on October 11. Saul emphasized the importance of nonprofits raising money by showing how the outcomes they achieve relate to the goals of the businesses and consumers from whom they seek support. Non-financial returns of “doing good” do not give nonprofits much leverage, but it doesn’t need to be this way if we realize that social change has economic value.

Brokering a Constructive Dialogue on the State Budget

Release Date: 
09/29/2011

Members of the foundation and nonprofit community left a meeting last week with representatives from the Governor’s office and the General Assembly with a better understanding of how far the state has come with its Budgeting for Results project – and how far they have to go.

Take Back Our Intellectual Culture With Books (and Join Us For Our First Author Series’ Program on 10/11!)

Release Date: 
09/15/2011

A recent New York Times op-ed essay has been stuck in my mind for the past month. Neal Gabler, scholar and author of Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, wrote an impassioned, mournful, yet ultimately resigned obituary for intellectual culture in America. He illustrates a key paradox of our era, in that we can access a seemingly limitless amount of information, yet we do not take the time to process, to reflect, and formulate ideas that have real power to change the course of society.

Donors Forum Calls for Transparency and Accountability in State Budget

Release Date: 
09/09/2011

On Thursday, September 9, 2011 the Human Services Commission held a public hearing on Budgeting for Results (BFR) and the impact of the state budget crisis on the human services sector in Illinois. As the state readies for the implementation of this new budgeting process that will have a significant impact on Illinois communities, we are advocating for accountability and inclusion of nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders.

Guest Post: Developing Shared Leadership

Release Date: 
09/08/2011

TCC Group has a distinctive take on nonprofit leadership, which was recently published in the Nonprofit Quarterly. Authored by Susan Misra, Michael Allison, and Elissa Perry, the article defines and provides a how-to-framework for developing shared leadership.

BFR Commission Begins Its Work

Release Date: 
08/24/2011

The newly reated Budgeting for Results (BFR) Commission began its work last Friday on their charge to issue recommendations and guide the implementation process, and timeline, for Illinois’ new budgeting process.

The Heat is on in D.C.: Federal Policy and Implications for Grantmakers

Release Date: 
07/20/2011

The heat is on in D.C. Negotiations in Congress over the debt ceiling are entering the 11th hour and the ramifications for long-term spending priorities and revenue enhancing measures are huge.

Exciting Changes at Donors Forum: A New Vision, Enduring Value

Release Date: 
07/06/2011

During the past year, Donors Forum has conducted a sustainability planning process that involved review of every aspect of our organization. The result of this work is an updated mission and vision statement to more accurately reflect the organization, and plans for new and different ways for grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors to connect, learn, and act together.

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