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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.

New Study: Illinois Grantmakers Engage in Advocacy to get the Most Bang for their Buck

Release Date: 
10/15/2010

Public policy grantmaking has been described as "one of the most powerful tools available to foundations for creating real change."1 A new survey, conducted by Donors Forum and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy confirms that many Donors Forum Members are using this funding strategy to maximize impact and outlines ways for more foundations to get involved.

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.

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