Fiscal and Systems Reform in Illinois

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.

Help Get the State Back on Track -- Join Us September 22 for "A Better Illinois"

Release Date: 
09/10/2010

As the “Great Recession” drags on, pushing Illinois’ unemployment rate significantly above the national average, and Illinois’ budget crisis strip organizations of funding and delay payments for vital services, there is more need than ever for Illinois leadership to set clear priorities to gets its financial house in order or act to address it.

State of Illinois Owes $490 Million to Nonprofits; Add Your Voice to Help

Release Date: 
07/30/2010

$490 million: That’s how much the State of Illinois currently owes to nonprofits that provide services to Illinoisans on behalf of the State. And if you include what is owed to private business as well as nonprofits, the total amount owed is $1.3 billion!

A Sorry State: The Unfortunate Facts + What Illinois Nonprofits + Funders Can Do to Fight Them

Release Date: 
07/23/2010

It’s no surprise to anyone in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector that Illinois’ economy is in a sorry state. Everyday, we are confronted with disturbing stories on the front page of the newspaper or from friends and colleagues about vital services being cut, sharply increasing need, lay-offs, and delayed State payments to contracted providers.

Chicago Community Trust Offers New Grants for Programs, Transition + Restructuring in Human Services; Proposals Due 8/13/10

Release Date: 
07/20/2010

The Chicago Community Trust has announced $1.5 million in funding in a second round of Unity Challenge grants for organizations whose programs have been targeted for funding cuts by the State and the City while simultaneously experiencing increased demand for services. Applications are due August 13, 2010.

New Report Stresses Importance of Advocacy for Nonprofits + Need for Grants for Advocacy

Release Date: 
07/13/2010

Last April, Donors Forum and the Listening Post Project, an initiative from the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, convened a group of 20 thought leaders from the region's nonprofit community. Together, we explored the realities of nonprofit involvement in the policy process, the importance of advocacy, and increasing political engagement in order to support the sector.

Illinois Nonprofits Urged to Join Forces as State Budget Crisis Worsens

Release Date: 
06/10/2010

"What kind of state do you want for yourself, and more importantly, for those that follow you? We need leaders in government whose vision extends beyond the next election. We also need leaders in education and the nonprofit sector whose vision extends beyond their own niche – leaders who understand the importance of others in the choppy waters as they struggle to stay afloat."

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