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Social Innovation Roundtable: Making Innovation Happen

Friday, April 6, 2018 -
8:30am to 10:00am
Location Title: 
Forefront Large Conference Room

Forefront’s Social Innovation Roundtable invites you to a very timely and interesting discussion about the critical role of innovation to address social problems in the city of Chicago.  We will be joined by Michelle Cohen, Director, Innovation & Acceleration, CME Group Center for Innovation.

Guest Post: The Search for the Next Leader of Donors Forum Moves Forward; Your Input Invited

Release Date: 
09/27/2013

Valerie S. Lies, Donors Forum's President and CEO, announced earlier this year that she will retire as of June 30, 2014. She has led Donors Forum since 1987. The Donors Forum Board of Directors is employing best practices for a thoughtful, careful, and smooth executive transition, and the search for the next leader of Donors Forum is underway. The Transition Committee is moving forward and a search firm has been selected. Here is an update on the process and an invitation to share your thoughts as we move forward.

Donors Forum's Laura Zumdahl Receives AFC/USAE Award

Release Date: 
09/17/2013

Laura Zumdahl, Donors Forum's Vice President of Nonprofit Services, has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award, given by the Association Forum of Chicagoland, a nonprofit association that advances the practice of association management, and USAE, an association management trade newspaper.

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.

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."

Paper Shares Stories of Five Organizations that Apply "Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Practices" to Their Work

Release Date: 
02/20/2010

Donors Forum issued its seminal publication Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices in 2004 as part of its Preserving the Public Trust Initiative. The publication, which offers guidance to nonprofits and grantmakers on governance and management, was updated in 2008 to reflect regulatory and legislative changes made since 2004, and to align with a set of national principles issued by Independent Sector.

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