Communications

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.

John Bouman on Justice, and engaging in a Useful Life

Release Date: 
11/18/2011

At a recent planning meeting for an exciting new symposium that Donors Forum is planning on civic engagement, Sharon Bush of the Fry Foundation shared a quote from John Bouman of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and Co-Chair of Donors Forum's Public Policy Committee.

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Donors Forum Calls for Transparency and Accountability in State Budget

Release Date: 
09/09/2011

On Thursday, September 9, 2011 the Human Services Commission held a public hearing on Budgeting for Results (BFR) and the impact of the state budget crisis on the human services sector in Illinois. As the state readies for the implementation of this new budgeting process that will have a significant impact on Illinois communities, we are advocating for accountability and inclusion of nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders.

Guest Post: A Round-Up of Coverage of The Council of Foundations' Conference, April 10-12

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04/14/2011

Since I wasn’t able to attend the Council on Foundations’ just-wrapped 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, I kept up with the sessions by following the steady stream of blogs summarizing what was happening. It was a pretty good way to be part of the latest national discussions about philanthropy without actually getting on a plane to go there.

Guest Post + Link to a Free Webinar: What the Hewlett Foundation Learned About Communications Training for Grantees

Release Date: 
03/30/2011

The way Eric Brown, communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, tells it in a recent Communications Network webinar, it wasn't a sudden "Eureka moment" that sparked his desire to assess the effectiveness of the training programs his foundation had been offering for years to help grantees develop effective communications skills.

Guest Post: Chicago-Based Issue Lab is a Wealth of Nonprofit Research From Across the Nation -- And It's Free!

Release Date: 
11/11/2010

Ask anyone at a gathering of nonprofit professionals whether they think its a good idea to share information and you will get a resounding yes. It sounds like a no-brainer right? I mean, why recreate the wheel if you don't have to? The more you know about what works and what doesn't, about how other nonprofits are addressing the issues that are core to your mission, or how different foundations are approaching our toughest social problems, the better you are at your own job.

Rare Chance to Learn in Chicago With a World-Renowned Thinker on Social Media for Nonprofits: Join Us Oct. 13

Release Date: 
10/05/2010

Join Donors Forum for a workshop with leading thinker Allison Fine, co-author of The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change. Learn what your organization can do now to maximize the opportunities to tell your mission story, engage volunteers, and increase donations by using Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, wikis, blogs, and more.

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