Public Policy

Economic Outlook 2011: Signs of Recovery But Challenges Persist

Release Date: 
03/01/2011

Donors Forum has released its annual economic outlook report, based on survey responses from grantmaking Members and nonprofit Forum Partners. The survey indicates that – consistent with wider economic trends – there are some signs of improvement: fewer grantmakers reported a decrease in assets and fewer nonprofits reported revenue declines.

The Jan. '11 Revenue Package + Further Reform in Illinois: Donors Forum's Statement

Release Date: 
01/14/2011

In the wake of a politically difficult vote to temporarily increase the state individual income tax, Donors Forum commends state leaders who were instrumental in helping Illinois take the first step of many to rebuild Illinois' fiscal foundation

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?

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.

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.

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