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Rainbow House Feels the Pain of the Federal Shutdown

Release Date: 
10/21/2013

Illinois-based Rainbow House, which provides critical services to victims of domestic violence, was impacted hard by the shutdown of the federal government and continues to be impacted even after the shutdown was lifted. Kathleen Higgins, Executive Director of Rainbow House, answered a few questions via email to highlight the challenges created by the shutdown.

Getting Ready for the Affordable Care Act

Release Date: 
10/12/2013

Understanding the ways in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA)will affect small organizations and change the shape of the health care market isn't easy, especially with the large amount of misinformation that has been spread about the law. To help make the picture clearer, Donors Forum’s Chicago Grantmakers for Effective Organizations hosted a session on Small Organizations in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Guest Post: Social Impact Bonds Offer an Innovative Approach to Addressing Social Challenges

Release Date: 
09/26/2013

On April 9, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn announced a social impact bond initiative in the State of Illinois. Social impact bonds (SIBs) are an innovative approach to funding social services through the collaboration of nonprofits, funders, and government. At the core of SIBs are pay-for-success contracts that permit programs with measurable, successful outcomes to grow and deliver services to more people while at the same time saving the government money. SIBs are not bonds in the traditional sense; rather, they are contractual obligations by the government to pay based on successful results from a program. How do they work?

Three Community Meetings Highlight Themes for Thought

Release Date: 
07/26/2013

More than 70 members of the philanthropic and nonprofit community attended three Donors Forum-sponsored community meetings this week to provide feedback on strategies related to our three-year Strategic Plan, Engaging for Impact. The lively sessions highlighted the challenges the sector currently faces in Illinois given the economic environment, but also the thoughtfulness, energy, and passion that exists within our community in Illinois.

Work in Progress: Understanding Illinois Foundation Expenses

Release Date: 
04/30/2013

Donors Forum has launched a research project in collaboration with the Foundation Center to document the expense patterns of larger Illinois foundations and explore the characteristics that influence these patterns and contribute to foundations' understanding of best practices

LGBT Community Needs Assessment Data Presentation and Conversation at Donors Forum on Friday, March 8

Release Date: 
04/03/2013

From October through December of 2011, in partnership with The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, Morten Group conducted the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment, a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire Chicagoland LGBT community.

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