News from Donors Forum

Guest Post: The Search for the Next Leader of Donors Forum Moves Forward; Your Input Invited

Release Date: 
09/27/2013

Valerie S. Lies, Donors Forum's President and CEO, announced earlier this year that she will retire as of June 30, 2014. She has led Donors Forum since 1987. The Donors Forum Board of Directors is employing best practices for a thoughtful, careful, and smooth executive transition, and the search for the next leader of Donors Forum is underway. The Transition Committee is moving forward and a search firm has been selected. Here is an update on the process and an invitation to share your thoughts as we move forward.

Donors Forum's Laura Zumdahl Receives AFC/USAE Award

Release Date: 
09/17/2013

Laura Zumdahl, Donors Forum's Vice President of Nonprofit Services, has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award, given by the Association Forum of Chicagoland, a nonprofit association that advances the practice of association management, and USAE, an association management trade newspaper.

Donors Forum Releases New Report on Foundation Expenses

Release Date: 
08/28/2013

Donors Forum, in partnership with the Foundation Center, has released Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois, a report which will serve as as a key resource for understanding foundation operating and administrative expenses and as an unbiased source of facts on actual practice in Illinois.

Three Community Meetings Highlight Themes for Thought

Release Date: 
07/26/2013

More than 70 members of the philanthropic and nonprofit community attended three Donors Forum-sponsored community meetings this week to provide feedback on strategies related to our three-year Strategic Plan, Engaging for Impact. The lively sessions highlighted the challenges the sector currently faces in Illinois given the economic environment, but also the thoughtfulness, energy, and passion that exists within our community in Illinois.

A Big Step in the Right Direction: Topinka Launches Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council to Tackle Fiscal Challenges Facing Charities

Release Date: 
07/24/2013

At a press conference on July 17, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the formation of the new Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council, the first of its kind in the nation. The Council will meet regularly to address the severe and persistent fiscal challenges facing nonprofits due to delays in state payments.

'Getting Society Un-Stuck' is Role of Social Entrepreneurs, Says Luncheon Keynote Dr. Cheryl Dorsey

Release Date: 
06/26/2013

Enduring social problems call for new approaches and solutions, ones that break down existing silos and build new models of public and private co-operation to effect sustainable change. That was the message of Dr. Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, who delivered the keynote address at Donors Forum's Annual Luncheon on June 21.

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