Valerie S. Lies

Join us 6/20 for our 40th Anniversary Annual Luncheon!

Release Date: 
04/24/2014

On behalf of our Board Chair, Donald A. Cooke, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and our 40th Anniversary Co-chairs Merri Ex, President and CEO of Family Focus, and Ernest Vasseur, Executive Director of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, we invite you to join more than 600 of your nonprofit and philanthropy colleagues to commemorate Donors Forum’s 40th anniversary Annual Luncheon!

Eric Weinheimer Named New President and CEO of Donors Forum

Release Date: 
03/14/2014

The Board of Directors of Donors Forum announced Eric Weinheimer as the new President and CEO of Donors Forum, effective July 1, 2014. He will succeed Valerie S. Lies, who will retire on June 30 after 27 years in that position. Mr. Weinheimer is currently President and CEO of The Cara Program, a nationally recognized, Chicago-based nonprofit that provides training, job placement, and support services to adults in Chicago struggling with poverty.

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.

Highlights of the Trib’s Chicago Forward Event on Philanthropy

Release Date: 
03/16/2011

Donors Forum was part of an event sponsored by The Chicago Tribune on March 16. It was part of their new “Chicago Forward” series. Our President and CEO Valerie S. Lies opened the event with a video introduction providing an overview of Chicago-area philanthropy and nonprofits.

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