News from Donors Forum

Work in Progress: Understanding Illinois Foundation Expenses

Release Date: 
04/30/2013

Donors Forum has launched a research project in collaboration with the Foundation Center to document the expense patterns of larger Illinois foundations and explore the characteristics that influence these patterns and contribute to foundations' understanding of best practices

Coming in Mid-March: the 2013 Economic Outlook Survey

Release Date: 
02/27/2013

Donors Forum has conducted an annual economic outlook survey of its grantmaking Members and nonprofit Partners since 2002, and in the upcoming weeks we will launch the 2013 Economic Outlook Survey, designed to gauge the impact of current economic trends on grantmaking plans and strategies as well as nonprofit operating capacities.

Save the Date: Donors Forum's "Engage 2013: Real Talk About Real Costs," A Convening for Members, Partners + Associate Members

Release Date: 
01/11/2013

Like last year’s well received convening, “Real Talk About Real Costs” on Tuesday, March 12, will bring together the funders, nonprofits, and advisors who belong to Donors Forum to have real dialogue and develop practical solutions to obstacles that stand in the way of effectiveness in our field.

Details on the 501cometogether Workshops Have Been Announced!

Release Date: 
09/07/2012

At the second annual Illinois Nonprofit Conference in Springfield on October 16, we’ll be offering an exciting slate of workshops designed to ensure that your organization is effective and efficient in achieving your mission.

Luncheon Speaker Receives Standing Ovation for Leadership Talk

Release Date: 
07/06/2012

Developing leaders in a community requires a combination of boldness and humility, as well as a willingness to recognize how the strengths of other people can fill in gaps left by your own weaknesses. This was the message Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, Member of the White House Council on Community Solutions, and author Everyone Leads; Building Leadership from the Community Up, shared with more than 600 grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors at Donors Forum's 38th Annual Luncheon on June 28.

Letter From the CEO: Trib’s “Raised Eyebrows” Demand That We Raise Our Voices for the Sector

Release Date: 
06/22/2012

Daily, over half a million dedicated nonprofit employees work to help strengthen communities, make them livable, solve problems, and meet basic needs like education, health, food, shelter, and the arts. We do this work because we believe in our missions and believe in the role we play in our society – doing the most good for the most needy. And often we do this work while waiting for our contracts to be paid at rates far lower than the cost of providing the services.

Family Foundation CEOs Are Invited to Our First-Ever Family Foundation CEO Symposium on May 10

Release Date: 
04/12/2012

Donors Forum invites Family Foundation CEO's to attend the first-ever Family Foundation CEO Symposium on May 10 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. This day long interactive event will be co-hosted by the National Center for Family Philanthropy and will take place at Quarles & Brady (300 N. Lasalle St.)

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.

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