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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.

Charitable Giving Show Modest Rise in 2010 After Two Years of Declines

Release Date: 
06/21/2011

Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, today announced that total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Save the Date of Weds. Oct. 19 for Vital Signs -- the Illinois Nonprofit Conference!

Release Date: 
06/13/2011

Network and learn with grantmaking and nonprofit colleagues, nationally known speakers, and Illinois luminaries about leadership, management, and advocacy strategies for the current economy.

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.

Highlights of the Trib’s Chicago Forward Event on Philanthropy

Release Date: 
03/16/2011

Donors Forum was part of an event sponsored by The Chicago Tribune on March 16. It was part of their new “Chicago Forward” series. Our President and CEO Valerie S. Lies opened the event with a video introduction providing an overview of Chicago-area philanthropy and nonprofits.

Letter to the Editor: Year-End Giving More Important in this Economy + State Budget Crisis

Release Date: 
12/13/2010

Our CEO's letter to the editor about charitable giving was published by the Chicago Tribune this weekend. Valerie reminds us that our year-end gifts are more important than ever, as nonprofits that provide essential services to the men, women, and children of Illinois are being clobbered by the economy and the State budget crisis.

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