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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.

Donors Forum Releases New Report on Foundation Expenses

Release Date: 
08/28/2013

Donors Forum, in partnership with the Foundation Center, has released Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois, a report which will serve as as a key resource for understanding foundation operating and administrative expenses and as an unbiased source of facts on actual practice in Illinois.

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.

'Getting Society Un-Stuck' is Role of Social Entrepreneurs, Says Luncheon Keynote Dr. Cheryl Dorsey

Release Date: 
06/26/2013

Enduring social problems call for new approaches and solutions, ones that break down existing silos and build new models of public and private co-operation to effect sustainable change. That was the message of Dr. Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, who delivered the keynote address at Donors Forum's Annual Luncheon on June 21.

Guest Post: Groupon Grassroots Launches Program for Social Ventures

Release Date: 
06/06/2013

What does it mean to be a social venture? This question probably crosses many people’s minds when they see the words “social venture” or “social enterprise,” often used interchangeably. A social venture is a business or nonprofit whose primary social or environmental mission is supported through revenue from the sale of a product or service. Since April 2012, Groupon Grassroots has introduced more than 11,000 of our subscribers to 19 social ventures, generating $620,000 in sales.

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

Putting a Number to the ‘Universal Value’ of Volunteer Time

Release Date: 
04/05/2013

Independent Sector has released preliminary data on the value of U.S. volunteers' time. In Illinois, the hourly value of volunteer time was $23.19 in 2011, the most recent reporting period available. The figure is important because it attaches a universal value to the immense services of folks who are vital resources in our civic ecosystem.

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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