Donors Forum Members in the News About Trends in Corporate Giving, Pro Bono Services + Volunteering

Release Date: 
08/10/2010

Donors Forum Members Bank of America, Deloitte Services LP, IBM, and Microsoft Corporation were mentioned while Abbott Laboratories and Kraft Foods, Inc. were listed as companies who gave 50% or more in products rather than money in 2009 in a new USA Today article, "Companies donate employees' time, service instead of cash."

State of Illinois Owes $490 Million to Nonprofits; Add Your Voice to Help

Release Date: 
07/30/2010

$490 million: That’s how much the State of Illinois currently owes to nonprofits that provide services to Illinoisans on behalf of the State. And if you include what is owed to private business as well as nonprofits, the total amount owed is $1.3 billion!

A Sorry State: The Unfortunate Facts + What Illinois Nonprofits + Funders Can Do to Fight Them

Release Date: 
07/23/2010

It’s no surprise to anyone in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector that Illinois’ economy is in a sorry state. Everyday, we are confronted with disturbing stories on the front page of the newspaper or from friends and colleagues about vital services being cut, sharply increasing need, lay-offs, and delayed State payments to contracted providers.

Invitation to July 27 Conference Call for Grants for Arts + Cultural Organizations (Proposals Due 8/23/10)

Release Date: 
07/22/2010

Ra Joy of Arts Alliance Illinois has invited Members, Forum Partners, Associate Members, and friends of Donors Forum to join in a free conference call, New Federal Funding Streams for Sustainable Communities: Guide for Arts and Cultural Organizations.

Chicago Community Trust Offers New Grants for Programs, Transition + Restructuring in Human Services; Proposals Due 8/13/10

Release Date: 
07/20/2010

The Chicago Community Trust has announced $1.5 million in funding in a second round of Unity Challenge grants for organizations whose programs have been targeted for funding cuts by the State and the City while simultaneously experiencing increased demand for services. Applications are due August 13, 2010.

Guest Post: Advisors Should Help Funders Become "More Tolerant of Risk" + "Transparent About Failure"

Release Date: 
07/15/2010

As a professional who works with both individual donors and family foundations to implement effective and meaningful giving strategies, I considered David La Piana’s observations on the changes in the sector in the context of how they might shape the philanthropic advising profession and how they might inform our understanding of the “best practices” we impart to our clients.

New Report Stresses Importance of Advocacy for Nonprofits + Need for Grants for Advocacy

Release Date: 
07/13/2010

Last April, Donors Forum and the Listening Post Project, an initiative from the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, convened a group of 20 thought leaders from the region's nonprofit community. Together, we explored the realities of nonprofit involvement in the policy process, the importance of advocacy, and increasing political engagement in order to support the sector.

Invitation to "America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices" July 21 at University Club of Chicago

Release Date: 
07/12/2010

Andrew Solomon of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has invited Members, Forum Partners, Associate Members, and friends of Donors Forum to a free event and reception, America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices.

Guest Post: Successful Nonprofit + Grantmaking Leaders Must "Take Our Egos Out of It"

Release Date: 
07/08/2010

In thinking about David La Piana’s remarks at the Donors Forum Annual Luncheon in June, one statement in particular struck me. Yes, “transformation is not optional” was an eye opener, but that’s not it. It was a more simple one. David noted that all of us can make a difference, but to do so we “must take our egos out of it."

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