Public Policy

Free Webinars Will Help Nonprofits Engage Voters + Keep it Legal This Election Year

Release Date: 
01/23/2012

2012 is going to be a big year for our communities. Our general primary is in March, a presidential election still awaits in November, and state and congressional elections are also in play. Is your nonprofit ready to rally your community to participate?

Donors Forum Calls New Water Fees A Hidden Tax

Release Date: 
01/12/2012

As new water fees in Mayor Emanuel’s 2012 budget take effect this month, Donors Forum is concerned for the hundreds of Chicago nonprofits who will be hit with a new bill they can ill afford – one that might also represent a hidden tax on the nonprofit community.

Less Than Two Percent of Individuals’ Income in Illinois Goes to Nonprofits: Key Findings About Individual Giving in Illinois

Release Date: 
10/27/2011

Nationwide individuals’ charitable giving is by far the largest source of private contributions to nonprofits: in 2010 individuals’ giving accounted for 81% of all private donations, totaling $211 billion. 8% of these donations are from bequests with the remaining 73% from individuals, according to the Giving USA 2011 report that incorporates data from the IRS, issued in June.

As Late Payments Pile Up, Policy - Not Politics - Should Govern

Release Date: 
10/25/2011

The General Assembly returns to Springfield this week for the fall legislative session. Governor Quinn laid out his top three priorities for this session: 1) sustaining his veto of a 'smart grid' energy system, 2) ending legislative scholarships, and 3) passing a revised gambling bill. Noticeably absent is paying down the backlog of overdue bills.

Author Series Launches With Jason Saul on 'The End of Fundraising'

Release Date: 
10/17/2011

Jason Saul, author of The End of Fundraising, was featured at Donors Forum’s inaugural Author Series event on October 11. Saul emphasized the importance of nonprofits raising money by showing how the outcomes they achieve relate to the goals of the businesses and consumers from whom they seek support. Non-financial returns of “doing good” do not give nonprofits much leverage, but it doesn’t need to be this way if we realize that social change has economic value.

Brokering a Constructive Dialogue on the State Budget

Release Date: 
09/29/2011

Members of the foundation and nonprofit community left a meeting last week with representatives from the Governor’s office and the General Assembly with a better understanding of how far the state has come with its Budgeting for Results project – and how far they have to go.

Donors Forum Calls for Transparency and Accountability in State Budget

Release Date: 
09/09/2011

On Thursday, September 9, 2011 the Human Services Commission held a public hearing on Budgeting for Results (BFR) and the impact of the state budget crisis on the human services sector in Illinois. As the state readies for the implementation of this new budgeting process that will have a significant impact on Illinois communities, we are advocating for accountability and inclusion of nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders.

BFR Commission Begins Its Work

Release Date: 
08/24/2011

The newly reated Budgeting for Results (BFR) Commission began its work last Friday on their charge to issue recommendations and guide the implementation process, and timeline, for Illinois’ new budgeting process.

The Heat is on in D.C.: Federal Policy and Implications for Grantmakers

Release Date: 
07/20/2011

The heat is on in D.C. Negotiations in Congress over the debt ceiling are entering the 11th hour and the ramifications for long-term spending priorities and revenue enhancing measures are huge.

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