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Nonprofit Summit Brings Together Nonprofits, Funders + Government, Aiming for Stronger Partnership

Release Date: 
12/02/2013

“Those who learn to collaborate and improvise are most effectively able to prevail. If you are able to cooperate, you are going to make it. If you go your own way, you are going to fail.” That was a lesson from the work of Charles Darwin that keynote speaker Kyle Caldwell, Program Director at the C.S. Mott Foundation, delivered to an audience of grantmakers, nonprofit representatives, and public officials at Donors Forum's recent Nonprofit Summit.

Getting Ready for the Affordable Care Act

Release Date: 
10/12/2013

Understanding the ways in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA)will affect small organizations and change the shape of the health care market isn't easy, especially with the large amount of misinformation that has been spread about the law. To help make the picture clearer, Donors Forum’s Chicago Grantmakers for Effective Organizations hosted a session on Small Organizations in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Guest Post: Social Impact Bonds Offer an Innovative Approach to Addressing Social Challenges

Release Date: 
09/26/2013

On April 9, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn announced a social impact bond initiative in the State of Illinois. Social impact bonds (SIBs) are an innovative approach to funding social services through the collaboration of nonprofits, funders, and government. At the core of SIBs are pay-for-success contracts that permit programs with measurable, successful outcomes to grow and deliver services to more people while at the same time saving the government money. SIBs are not bonds in the traditional sense; rather, they are contractual obligations by the government to pay based on successful results from a program. How do they work?

'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.

Progress Made + the Path Forward: Handy L. Lindsey Jr.’s Eponymous Lecture on Inclusiveness in Philanthropy

Release Date: 
04/22/2013

As the 2013 recipient of an award established in his name ten years ago by Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy, Handy L. Lindsey Jr. delivered a lecture on diversity and inclusiveness on April 4, 2013

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

Release Date: 
04/03/2013

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

Release Date: 
04/02/2013

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.

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