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DF Associate Members in Forbes: Philanthropy Advisors Can Help Ensure Short- and Long-Term Effectiveness

Release Date: 
12/16/2010

Several Associate Members of Donors Forum were quoted in an article on Forbes.com on the role that professional advisors can play in helping individuals and families make their philanthropy the most effective.

Letter to the Editor: Year-End Giving More Important in this Economy + State Budget Crisis

Release Date: 
12/13/2010

Our CEO's letter to the editor about charitable giving was published by the Chicago Tribune this weekend. Valerie reminds us that our year-end gifts are more important than ever, as nonprofits that provide essential services to the men, women, and children of Illinois are being clobbered by the economy and the State budget crisis.

New Essay Serves as Call to Action for Forging a New Compact in Illinois

Release Date: 
11/24/2010

How do we move from a system weighed down by mistrust and inefficiency to a new agreement in which all stakeholders work together to provide effective, high-quality services that truly reflect the needs of Illinoisans?

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.

Guest Post: Grantmakers Need to Focus on Growing Impact, Not Size

Release Date: 
11/11/2010

Innovation and scale are key themes in several high-profile federal initiatives, including the Social Innovation Fund and the Promise Neighborhoods program, and even in Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to Newark public schools. These efforts respond to a growing feeling that current approaches to improve health, education, and economic opportunities are not having the desired impact.

The Importance of a 3-Way Partnership: Government, Philanthropy + Nonprofits

Release Date: 
10/26/2010

Last week, Laurel O'Sullivan, Vice President, Public Policy at Donors Forum, shared remarks with colleagues from foundations and nonprofits at Independent Sector's Annual Conference in Atlanta.

In Race to the Bottom, Illinois Wins as the Worst for Late Payments to Nonprofits

Release Date: 
10/07/2010

Today, the Urban Institute released a one-of-a-kind report on the state of the human services contracting system nationwide. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture nationally, but in terms of late payments and several other indicators, Illinois is in a league of its own. Illinois ranks #1 in the country for late payments, #3 for payments failing to cover the full cost of contracted services, and #3 for government changing contract terms mid-stream.

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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