LGBT Community Needs Assessment Data Presentation and Conversation at Donors Forum on Friday, March 8

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From October through December of 2011, in partnership with The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, Morten Group conducted the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment, a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire Chicagoland LGBT community.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Unveils Illinois' Results From 2013 State of the Sector Survey

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On March 25, the Nonprofit Finance Fund unveiled the results of its 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, detailing the finances, operations, and outlook of 5,983 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

Coming in Mid-March: the 2013 Economic Outlook Survey

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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.

A Defining Moment

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2013 is shaping up to be a defining year for the nonprofit sector, both locally and nationally. The question for us all to consider is: are we going to define ourselves or be defined by elected officials as part of some grand bargain

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

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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.

Guest Post: Johns Hopkins University Releasing Report on Core Values of the Nonprofit Sector Thurs., Dec 6

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Nonprofits are under assault as never before. This difficult economic climate has stretched and strained the nonprofit sector—many are facing increased taxes and fees from state and local governments, proposals in the federal government have called for the end of the tax deduction, and for-profit businesses are encroaching in on traditional nonprofit fields.

Form 990 'Transparency' Issue Misunderstood Yet Under Scrutiny: Help Us Protect the Integrity of the Sector!

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In late October, the Chicago Tribune published another in a line of articles on nonprofits, highlighting a new bill by Illinois State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago). Prompted by the Tribune’s earlier pieces, Harris’ bill would require some nonprofits, whose contracts and grants are exempted under the Illinois Procurement Code, to disclose relationships with private management companies and for-profit subsidiaries, as a way to uncover executive compensation. In a conversation with Donors Forum, Harris told us this is a “transparency” issue. In a meeting with Rep. Harris after the article was published, Donors Forum agreed that it is important for nonprofits receiving public dollars to disclose key employee compensation.


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