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Bridging the Divide Listening Series Final Report

Publication date: 
09/2017

To learn about and strengthen relationships between rural and urban communities in Illinois, Forefront convened a listening tour called “Bridging the Divide,” which we were delighted to have you take part. We're pleased to share with you the final report on our conversation series. The report explores culture, community needs and potential partnerships of each of the three Central Illinois communities represented in the dialogue.

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Assessing the Data and Information Needs of Chicago-Area Arts Organizations

Publication date: 
11/2015

This report describes the needs for data among arts organizations and the priorities that funders may have in the area of arts-related data. The report is based on interviews with arts organizations and experts primarily in the Chicago area, and on discussions held at meetings of Chicago-area funders. The findings come from a modest sample, but they offer useful perspectives on how to provide arts organizations the data they need to achieve their goals. The research was supported by The Chicago Community Trust.

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A Report on Chicago's College and Career Access, Persistence, and Success Landscape

Publication date: 
02/2015

Over the last decade, research from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research has provided a substantial understanding of the issues related to post-secondary access and success for students in the Chicago Public Schools. Despite this depth of knowledge about student outcomes, there is limited understanding of the resources in Chicago that support students' college access, persistence, and success.

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Commitment to Full-Funding

Publication date: 
06/2014

Our statement on our commitment to full-cost funding represents over two years of dialogue and discussion at Donors Forum about the importance of funding overhead costs of nonprofit organizations. Working in Illinois, with foundation and nonprofit leaders, and with others in the field nationally, we are collectively trying to shift the focus away from arbitrary limits on overhead and other organizational expenses in order to focus on measures of nonprofit effectiveness such as outcomes and impact.

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Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (HB 2747)

Publication date: 
06/2014
Listen to an audio recording of a June, 2014 conference call on the Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (HB 2747). This legislation will overhaul how the state administers its grant dollars and is an effort to consolidate, improve, and make more transparent the State of Illinois’ grantmaking activities. The call, convened by Donors Forum, gives nonprofits and foundations a chance to hear what the legislation contains and what the next steps are.
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Point the Way Final Report: Capacity Building Landscape Study

Point the Way is a project of the Capacity Building Funders Group, a group of 14 foundations that invest in capacity building resources for Chicago-area nonprofits. Their study, conducted with Learning for Action, details the findings of their research, as well as recommendations to revitalize the capacity-building sector in the Chicago area.

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A Guide to Nonprofit Assistance Organizations

The nonprofits listed in the Guide to Nonprofit Assistance Organizations were founded to help other nonprofits grow and learn to meet the challenges of juggling, building and improving. From finances to communications to legal matters and everything in between, these organizations are tremendous resources.

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