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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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