Economy

Illinois Ranks 5 out of 51 for Total Individual Giving; 30 out of 51 for Percentage of Income

Release Date: 
09/13/2012

According to an interactive online tool from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, people in Illinois give an average of 4.2% of their income, ranking the state 30 out of 51. However, in terms of total dollars, Illinois ranks much higher, coming in at 5 out of 51 states for total contributions of $6 billion.

State Budget Preview: Further Cuts to Safety Net on the Horizon

Release Date: 
02/09/2012

Illinois' economic vitality and the strength of our communities depend on a well-managed and well-maintained network of nonprofit services. While the details of Governor Quinn's fiscal year 2013 budget won't be released until his budget address on February 22, an analysis from Voices for Illinois Children's Fiscal Policy Center estimates that cuts to human services represents 60 percent of the Governor’s total cuts of $574 million.

Donors Forum Calls New Water Fees A Hidden Tax

Release Date: 
01/12/2012

As new water fees in Mayor Emanuel’s 2012 budget take effect this month, Donors Forum is concerned for the hundreds of Chicago nonprofits who will be hit with a new bill they can ill afford – one that might also represent a hidden tax on the nonprofit community.

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.

As Late Payments Pile Up, Policy - Not Politics - Should Govern

Release Date: 
10/25/2011

The General Assembly returns to Springfield this week for the fall legislative session. Governor Quinn laid out his top three priorities for this session: 1) sustaining his veto of a 'smart grid' energy system, 2) ending legislative scholarships, and 3) passing a revised gambling bill. Noticeably absent is paying down the backlog of overdue bills.

Brokering a Constructive Dialogue on the State Budget

Release Date: 
09/29/2011

Members of the foundation and nonprofit community left a meeting last week with representatives from the Governor’s office and the General Assembly with a better understanding of how far the state has come with its Budgeting for Results project – and how far they have to go.

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.

BFR Commission Begins Its Work

Release Date: 
08/24/2011

The newly reated Budgeting for Results (BFR) Commission began its work last Friday on their charge to issue recommendations and guide the implementation process, and timeline, for Illinois’ new budgeting process.

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