Guest Post + Link to a Free Webinar: What the Hewlett Foundation Learned About Communications Training for Grantees

Release Date: 
03/30/2011

The way Eric Brown, communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, tells it in a recent Communications Network webinar, it wasn't a sudden "Eureka moment" that sparked his desire to assess the effectiveness of the training programs his foundation had been offering for years to help grantees develop effective communications skills.

Telling the Story of Philanthropy and Nonprofits: Donors Forum on The Hill

Release Date: 
03/30/2011

In early March, a group of foundation leaders, advisors, and Donors Forum staff travelled to Washington D.C. for the annual Foundations on the Hill conference and lobby day, co-sponsored by Council of Foundations and The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Check Out CTBA's Fiscal Symposium on March 25

Release Date: 
03/18/2011

Our partner, The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, is holding a Fiscal Symposium, $7 billion in New Revenue, Now What Do We Do? on Friday, March 25 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 69 West Jackson Blvd. This annual event is a great opportunity for nonprofits and foundations to get the latest information on the budget and critical analysis of the economic outlook for the nonprofit sector

Highlights of the Trib’s Chicago Forward Event on Philanthropy

Release Date: 
03/16/2011

Donors Forum was part of an event sponsored by The Chicago Tribune on March 16. It was part of their new “Chicago Forward” series. Our President and CEO Valerie S. Lies opened the event with a video introduction providing an overview of Chicago-area philanthropy and nonprofits.

Tell the Future Mayor What Matters to You, and Why You – and Other Nonprofits and Grantmakers – Matter to Chicago!

Release Date: 
03/11/2011

On the heels of our annual lobby day in Washington D.C., Donors Forum wants to remind grantmakers and nonprofits of the ongoing importance of engaging with public officials. The mayoral election ushers in the promise of a new era for Chicago; as a city, Chicago faces many challenges, but this new administration also offers nonprofits and foundations an opportunity to build new critical relationships. We encourage you to submit ideas to Mayor-elect Emmanuel here on how to make Chicago better.

Economic Outlook 2011: Signs of Recovery But Challenges Persist

Release Date: 
03/01/2011

Donors Forum has released its annual economic outlook report, based on survey responses from grantmaking Members and nonprofit Forum Partners. The survey indicates that – consistent with wider economic trends – there are some signs of improvement: fewer grantmakers reported a decrease in assets and fewer nonprofits reported revenue declines.

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