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Free Webinars Will Help Nonprofits Engage Voters + Keep it Legal This Election Year

Release Date: 
01/23/2012

2012 is going to be a big year for our communities. Our general primary is in March, a presidential election still awaits in November, and state and congressional elections are also in play. Is your nonprofit ready to rally your community to participate?

Guest Post: Jan Masaoka on The Nonprofit's Guide to Human Resources

Release Date: 
01/12/2012

I once served on the board of a group whose executive director adamantly insisted that managing staff was her responsibility, not the board's. We stayed hands off until we started to hear rumors of favoritism. After we prevailed in a battle with her about getting a listing of staff pay, we were shocked to discover that her assistant was paid $20,000 more than the program director and nearly as much as the development director. A lesson - actually several lessons - learned.

Less Than Two Percent of Individuals’ Income in Illinois Goes to Nonprofits: Key Findings About Individual Giving in Illinois

Release Date: 
10/27/2011

Nationwide individuals’ charitable giving is by far the largest source of private contributions to nonprofits: in 2010 individuals’ giving accounted for 81% of all private donations, totaling $211 billion. 8% of these donations are from bequests with the remaining 73% from individuals, according to the Giving USA 2011 report that incorporates data from the IRS, issued in June.

Author Series Launches With Jason Saul on 'The End of Fundraising'

Release Date: 
10/17/2011

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.

Exciting Changes at Donors Forum: A New Vision, Enduring Value

Release Date: 
07/06/2011

During the past year, Donors Forum has conducted a sustainability planning process that involved review of every aspect of our organization. The result of this work is an updated mission and vision statement to more accurately reflect the organization, and plans for new and different ways for grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors to connect, learn, and act together.

Inspiring the Next Generation: The Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series

Release Date: 
07/01/2011

A panel of five philanthropy leaders shared their career insights and personal stories at the first 2011 seminar of the Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series, offered by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a Donors Forum Partner.

Charitable Giving Show Modest Rise in 2010 After Two Years of Declines

Release Date: 
06/21/2011

Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, today announced that total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.

NO to New Fees and Taxes For Nonprofits

Release Date: 
05/16/2011

As a significant economic engine in Illinois and Chicago, nonprofits contribute nearly 10% of state GDP and 10% of the workforce (with 70% of those employees working in Chicago); the nonprofit sector can't afford to lose its ability to operate under the additional burdens of new fees and taxes. But there's a more mission-oriented reason to protest these fees.

Economic Outlook 2011: Signs of Recovery But Challenges Persist

Release Date: 
03/01/2011

Donors Forum has released its annual economic outlook report, based on survey responses from grantmaking Members and nonprofit Forum Partners. The survey indicates that – consistent with wider economic trends – there are some signs of improvement: fewer grantmakers reported a decrease in assets and fewer nonprofits reported revenue declines.

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