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The Jan. '11 Revenue Package + Further Reform in Illinois: Donors Forum's Statement

Release Date: 
01/14/2011

In the wake of a politically difficult vote to temporarily increase the state individual income tax, Donors Forum commends state leaders who were instrumental in helping Illinois take the first step of many to rebuild Illinois' fiscal foundation

DF Associate Members in Forbes: Philanthropy Advisors Can Help Ensure Short- and Long-Term Effectiveness

Release Date: 
12/16/2010

Several Associate Members of Donors Forum were quoted in an article on Forbes.com on the role that professional advisors can play in helping individuals and families make their philanthropy the most effective.

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.

Guest Post: Chicago-Based Issue Lab is a Wealth of Nonprofit Research From Across the Nation -- And It's Free!

Release Date: 
11/11/2010

Ask anyone at a gathering of nonprofit professionals whether they think its a good idea to share information and you will get a resounding yes. It sounds like a no-brainer right? I mean, why recreate the wheel if you don't have to? The more you know about what works and what doesn't, about how other nonprofits are addressing the issues that are core to your mission, or how different foundations are approaching our toughest social problems, the better you are at your own job.

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.

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.

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