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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In collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we are offering the webinar "So You Want to Be a Fundraiser?" to help career switchers interested in fundraising.
Jason Saul, author of The End of Fundraising, was featured at Donors Forum’s inaugural Author Series event on October 11. Saul emphasized the importance of nonprofits raising money by showing how the outcomes they achieve relate to the goals of the businesses and consumers from whom they seek support. Non-financial returns of “doing good” do not give nonprofits much leverage, but it doesn’t need to be this way if we realize that social change has economic value.
CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund just launched a national survey exploring the role of development in nonprofits. The purpose of the research is to better understand the unique challenges of fundraisers and learn more about the issues that are contributing to high turnover in this critical leadership position.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, a new nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., aims to help donors leverage their resources throughout the disaster life cycle, helping afflicted communities recover and preventing future suffering through preparedness efforts
Properly funded overhead costs are needed to build excellent organizations: that was the central message from Real Talk About Real Costs, a Donors Forum Convening held last month.
On March 25, the Nonprofit Finance Fund unveiled the results of its 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, detailing the finances, operations, and outlook of 5,983 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.
A newly released study by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, called UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, observes and analyzes some of the obstacles that threaten the ability of nonprofits to find success in fundraising.
After pausing to reflect on our gratitude on Thanksgiving and beginning the holiday buying season with zeal on Black Friday, December 3 is an opportunity to give to others by participating in #GivingTuesday.
“Those who learn to collaborate and improvise are most effectively able to prevail. If you are able to cooperate, you are going to make it. If you go your own way, you are going to fail.” That was a lesson from the work of Charles Darwin that keynote speaker Kyle Caldwell, Program Director at the C.S. Mott Foundation, delivered to an audience of grantmakers, nonprofit representatives, and public officials at Donors Forum's recent Nonprofit Summit.
In an effort to facilitate communication and increase our ability to be more transparent and effective, several Illinois public health trained program officers* began working within the American Public Health Association (APHA).
This statement represents Donors Forum’s commitment to advocating for full-cost funding of nonprofit outcomes.
Explores how "environmental funders can engage the funders of non-environmental constituencies and build diverse, well-resourced coalitions that work together to build power over time."
"EFN provides its members with information, learning and networking opportunities, and support for funder collaboration. The Resource Library contains publications, links, recordings, and other material on environmental health and environmental justice topics from HEFN and external sources. Funder stories may yield an outcome, lessons learned, or ideas."
EDGE Funders Alliance works to increase resources for community well-being and transnational organizing in ways that promote justice and build lasting, meaningful change. The Knowledge Center includes advice for grantmakers, advice for grantseekers, and publications and resources.
The International Human Rights Funders Group is a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy. The Website provides access to IHRFG and the Foundation Center's Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders, a multi-year effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding; resources on policies impacting human rights grantmaking; and various publications, reports, and links for human rights grantmakers and grantseekers seeking additional information.International Human Rights Funder
Guest blogger Michael D. Smith shares with us the Social Innovation Fund's new comprehensive evaluation design.
The philanthropic and nonprofit sectors are quite familiar with the challenge of funding new initiatives in the current government budget environment.
Steven McCullough, Vice President of Community Partnerships at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, speaks with the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on leveraging networks.
The Donors Forum Library has created a resource for individuals seeking grants + funding.