Public Policy

Protect America's Tradition of Giving Back

Release Date: 
02/17/2017

In Illinois, the charitable deduction has generated $8 billion in giving to further the work of churches and synagogues, domestic violence shelters, early childhood programs, food banks, local theaters and dance companies, school alumni groups, and all other charitable nonprofits. But, the 100-year-old tax incentive that encourages charitable giving faces an urgent threat.

Guest Post: Communicating Our Impact, Improving Transparency, Creating Networks: A Shoutout to Public Health Funders

Release Date: 
02/06/2014

In an effort to facilitate communication and increase our ability to be more transparent and effective, several Illinois public health trained program officers* began working within the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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.

Rainbow House Feels the Pain of the Federal Shutdown

Release Date: 
10/21/2013

Illinois-based Rainbow House, which provides critical services to victims of domestic violence, was impacted hard by the shutdown of the federal government and continues to be impacted even after the shutdown was lifted. Kathleen Higgins, Executive Director of Rainbow House, answered a few questions via email to highlight the challenges created by the shutdown.

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.

A Big Step in the Right Direction: Topinka Launches Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council to Tackle Fiscal Challenges Facing Charities

Release Date: 
07/24/2013

At a press conference on July 17, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the formation of the new Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council, the first of its kind in the nation. The Council will meet regularly to address the severe and persistent fiscal challenges facing nonprofits due to delays in state payments.

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