Fundraising

Don’t Forget to Ask: The Importance of Asking Donors for Money (Effingham)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location Title: 
Dieterich Bank Corporation Center

This session will give you the tools you need to make the ask! Learn what questions to ask before approaching a prospective donor, how to develop collateral materials, how to develop a solicitation letter, follow-up and more.

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Raising Money for Your Organization: Fundraising Fundamentals (Effingham)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location Title: 
Roy Schmidt Honda

This session will cover the basics of raising money and provide basic tips on how you can maximize your efforts. Topics will include developing gift acceptance policies, creating effective year-end appeal message, identifying and approaching major gift donors, and more!

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Visualizing Funding: Finding Grants for Libraries (Springfield)

Friday, February 22, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location Title: 
University of Illinois Springfield, Brookens Library

In this introductory workshop, discover how to access and navigate the Foundation Center’s Visualizing Funding for Libraries, the most comprehensive free database of library grants given to U.S Libraries. The session includes finding funding opportunities, increasing understanding of funding sources, and tracking funding trends through data visualization.

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Introduction to Prospect Research: Finding Grants (Springfield)

Friday, February 22, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location Title: 
University of Illinois Springfield, Brookens Library

The session will provide a brief overview of the Forefront Library’s Online Research guides, the basics of prospect research, using your local library’s resources and freely available tools to supplement your grant search, and a deeper look at the Foundation Center’s database, Foundation Directory Online (FDO).

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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.

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.

Illinois Grantmakers + Nonprofits Come Together For a Unique "Community of Practice" on Streamlining Grantmaking at Donors Forum

Release Date: 
01/19/2012

Donors Forum’s new "Community of Practice" on Streamlining the Grant Process kicked off January 18 with an enthusiastic group of 30 leaders from Member and Forum Partner organizations, and Associate Members from the Chicagoland area. Participants began a journey focused on finding mutual understanding and fostering working together as grantors and grantees to find solutions to streamlining the grant process in the sector.

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