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

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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.

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

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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.

Donors Forum Calls New Water Fees A Hidden Tax

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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.

John Bouman on Justice, and engaging in a Useful Life

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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

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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.

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

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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'

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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

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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!)

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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

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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.

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