Inspiring the Next Generation: The Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series

Release Date: 
07/01/2011

A panel of five philanthropy leaders shared their career insights and personal stories at the first 2011 seminar of the Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series, offered by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a Donors Forum Partner.

Charitable Giving Show Modest Rise in 2010 After Two Years of Declines

Release Date: 
06/21/2011

Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, today announced that total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Save the Date of Weds. Oct. 19 for Vital Signs -- the Illinois Nonprofit Conference!

Release Date: 
06/13/2011

Network and learn with grantmaking and nonprofit colleagues, nationally known speakers, and Illinois luminaries about leadership, management, and advocacy strategies for the current economy.

It's All About Succession Planning: A Preview of Daring to Lead 2011

Release Date: 
05/27/2011

As a sector-switcher, I don’t represent the target audience for “Daring to Lead 2011,” a presentation offered by Donors Forum in May, but I found myself riveted by the presentations and panel discussion. What could have been dry statistics was transformed into a compelling, and at times humorous, presentation by Jeanne Bell, CEO of Compass Point.

NO to New Fees and Taxes For Nonprofits

Release Date: 
05/16/2011

As a significant economic engine in Illinois and Chicago, nonprofits contribute nearly 10% of state GDP and 10% of the workforce (with 70% of those employees working in Chicago); the nonprofit sector can't afford to lose its ability to operate under the additional burdens of new fees and taxes. But there's a more mission-oriented reason to protest these fees.

Donors Forum Report Highlights Nonprofits' Contribution to the Illinois Economy

Release Date: 
04/28/2011

Donors Forum has released a new report, A Vital Force in Illinois: The Nonprofit Economy 2011, that shows that the nonprofit sector remains a key player in the state’s overall financial health.

Under the Dome in Springfield: Nonprofits and Government Come Together

Release Date: 
04/19/2011

On April 14, nonprofits and representatives from state government came together for Under the Dome: A Legislative and Policy Update for Illinois Nonprofits in Springfield to identify challenges facing Illinois communities and develop collaborative solutions.

Guest Post: A Round-Up of Coverage of The Council of Foundations' Conference, April 10-12

Release Date: 
04/14/2011

Since I wasn’t able to attend the Council on Foundations’ just-wrapped 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, I kept up with the sessions by following the steady stream of blogs summarizing what was happening. It was a pretty good way to be part of the latest national discussions about philanthropy without actually getting on a plane to go there.

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