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New Essay Serves as Call to Action for Forging a New Compact in Illinois

Release Date: 
11/24/2010

How do we move from a system weighed down by mistrust and inefficiency to a new agreement in which all stakeholders work together to provide effective, high-quality services that truly reflect the needs of Illinoisans?

Guest Post: Chicago-Based Issue Lab is a Wealth of Nonprofit Research From Across the Nation -- And It's Free!

Release Date: 
11/11/2010

Ask anyone at a gathering of nonprofit professionals whether they think its a good idea to share information and you will get a resounding yes. It sounds like a no-brainer right? I mean, why recreate the wheel if you don't have to? The more you know about what works and what doesn't, about how other nonprofits are addressing the issues that are core to your mission, or how different foundations are approaching our toughest social problems, the better you are at your own job.

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.

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.

Donors Forum Members in the News About Trends in Corporate Giving, Pro Bono Services + Volunteering

Release Date: 
08/10/2010

Donors Forum Members Bank of America, Deloitte Services LP, IBM, and Microsoft Corporation were mentioned while Abbott Laboratories and Kraft Foods, Inc. were listed as companies who gave 50% or more in products rather than money in 2009 in a new USA Today article, "Companies donate employees' time, service instead of cash."

Invitation to July 27 Conference Call for Grants for Arts + Cultural Organizations (Proposals Due 8/23/10)

Release Date: 
07/22/2010

Ra Joy of Arts Alliance Illinois has invited Members, Forum Partners, Associate Members, and friends of Donors Forum to join in a free conference call, New Federal Funding Streams for Sustainable Communities: Guide for Arts and Cultural Organizations.

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