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In Race to the Bottom, Illinois Wins as the Worst for Late Payments to Nonprofits

Release Date: 
10/07/2010

Today, the Urban Institute released a one-of-a-kind report on the state of the human services contracting system nationwide. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture nationally, but in terms of late payments and several other indicators, Illinois is in a league of its own. Illinois ranks #1 in the country for late payments, #3 for payments failing to cover the full cost of contracted services, and #3 for government changing contract terms mid-stream.

Rare Chance to Learn in Chicago With a World-Renowned Thinker on Social Media for Nonprofits: Join Us Oct. 13

Release Date: 
10/05/2010

Join Donors Forum for a workshop with leading thinker Allison Fine, co-author of The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change. Learn what your organization can do now to maximize the opportunities to tell your mission story, engage volunteers, and increase donations by using Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, wikis, blogs, and more.

Guest Blog: Provena Decision Could Be Canary in the Coal Mine for Illinois Nonprofits

Release Date: 
09/14/2010

Perhaps you’ve read about localities around the country imposing property taxes on nonprofit organizations, or revoking their sales tax exemptions, or squeezing additional PILOTS (Payments in Lieu of Taxation) from the wealthiest among them. Perhaps you’ve even congratulated yourself on the fact that no such stories have appeared about Illinois. Unfortunately, no news is not good news.

Help Get the State Back on Track -- Join Us September 22 for "A Better Illinois"

Release Date: 
09/10/2010

As the “Great Recession” drags on, pushing Illinois’ unemployment rate significantly above the national average, and Illinois’ budget crisis strip organizations of funding and delay payments for vital services, there is more need than ever for Illinois leadership to set clear priorities to gets its financial house in order or act to address it.

Guest Post: New Research Shows Settled Immigrants are as Likely to Give Charitably as Native Born Americans

Release Date: 
08/25/2010

Una Okonkwo Osili has been an immigrant twice. She is the daughter of an American mother and a Nigerian father who met as students at Cornell University. When she was six months old, the family moved from New York to Enugu, Nigeria, where she grew up among thousands of other immigrants looking for jobs in the Nigerian Oil Boom in the 1970s. When she was 15 she came back to America, where she got her BA at Harvard, and then got her Masters and PhD in economics from Northwestern University. Today Dr. Osili is the Director of Research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

State of Illinois Owes $490 Million to Nonprofits; Add Your Voice to Help

Release Date: 
07/30/2010

$490 million: That’s how much the State of Illinois currently owes to nonprofits that provide services to Illinoisans on behalf of the State. And if you include what is owed to private business as well as nonprofits, the total amount owed is $1.3 billion!

Invitation to July 27 Conference Call for Grants for Arts + Cultural Organizations (Proposals Due 8/23/10)

Release Date: 
07/22/2010

Ra Joy of Arts Alliance Illinois has invited Members, Forum Partners, Associate Members, and friends of Donors Forum to join in a free conference call, New Federal Funding Streams for Sustainable Communities: Guide for Arts and Cultural Organizations.

Chicago Community Trust Offers New Grants for Programs, Transition + Restructuring in Human Services; Proposals Due 8/13/10

Release Date: 
07/20/2010

The Chicago Community Trust has announced $1.5 million in funding in a second round of Unity Challenge grants for organizations whose programs have been targeted for funding cuts by the State and the City while simultaneously experiencing increased demand for services. Applications are due August 13, 2010.

New Report Stresses Importance of Advocacy for Nonprofits + Need for Grants for Advocacy

Release Date: 
07/13/2010

Last April, Donors Forum and the Listening Post Project, an initiative from the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, convened a group of 20 thought leaders from the region's nonprofit community. Together, we explored the realities of nonprofit involvement in the policy process, the importance of advocacy, and increasing political engagement in order to support the sector.

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