Fair and Accountable: Partnership Principles for a Sustainable Human Services System

Published in 2010, Fair and Accountable: Partnership Principles for a Sustainable Human Services System recommends practices that should be followed when the City of Chicago or State of Illinois contract with nonprofits to provide human services.

The practices are designed to help ensure that Illinois residents have access to high-quality human services that meet their needs. Our organization undertook this effort as part of its mission to strengthen Illinois philanthropy and the nonprofit community.

While the Partnership Principles focus on human services, the ideas have broad implications for other services provided by nonprofits and for other partnerships between the public and nonprofit sectors. Many of the concepts could be well applied to other nonprofit services and programs that receive government funding, including the arts, economic development, health care, and programs that promote volunteerism and community service.