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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.

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

Under the Dome in Springfield: Nonprofits and Government Come Together

Release Date: 
04/19/2011

On April 14, nonprofits and representatives from state government came together for Under the Dome: A Legislative and Policy Update for Illinois Nonprofits in Springfield to identify challenges facing Illinois communities and develop collaborative solutions.

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.

Telling the Story of Philanthropy and Nonprofits: Donors Forum on The Hill

Release Date: 
03/30/2011

In early March, a group of foundation leaders, advisors, and Donors Forum staff travelled to Washington D.C. for the annual Foundations on the Hill conference and lobby day, co-sponsored by Council of Foundations and The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

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.

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