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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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.

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.

Author Series Launches With Jason Saul on 'The End of Fundraising'

Release Date: 
10/17/2011

Jason Saul, author of The End of Fundraising, was featured at Donors Forum’s inaugural Author Series event on October 11. Saul emphasized the importance of nonprofits raising money by showing how the outcomes they achieve relate to the goals of the businesses and consumers from whom they seek support. Non-financial returns of “doing good” do not give nonprofits much leverage, but it doesn’t need to be this way if we realize that social change has economic value.

Exciting Changes at Donors Forum: A New Vision, Enduring Value

Release Date: 
07/06/2011

During the past year, Donors Forum has conducted a sustainability planning process that involved review of every aspect of our organization. The result of this work is an updated mission and vision statement to more accurately reflect the organization, and plans for new and different ways for grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors to connect, learn, and act together.

Inspiring the Next Generation: The Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series

Release Date: 
07/01/2011

A panel of five philanthropy leaders shared their career insights and personal stories at the first 2011 seminar of the Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series, offered by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a Donors Forum Partner.

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