Public Policy

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.

State of Illinois Owes $490 Million to Nonprofits; Add Your Voice to Help

Release Date: 
07/30/2010

$490 million: That’s how much the State of Illinois currently owes to nonprofits that provide services to Illinoisans on behalf of the State. And if you include what is owed to private business as well as nonprofits, the total amount owed is $1.3 billion!

A Sorry State: The Unfortunate Facts + What Illinois Nonprofits + Funders Can Do to Fight Them

Release Date: 
07/23/2010

It’s no surprise to anyone in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector that Illinois’ economy is in a sorry state. Everyday, we are confronted with disturbing stories on the front page of the newspaper or from friends and colleagues about vital services being cut, sharply increasing need, lay-offs, and delayed State payments to contracted providers.

New Report Stresses Importance of Advocacy for Nonprofits + Need for Grants for Advocacy

Release Date: 
07/13/2010

Last April, Donors Forum and the Listening Post Project, an initiative from the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, convened a group of 20 thought leaders from the region's nonprofit community. Together, we explored the realities of nonprofit involvement in the policy process, the importance of advocacy, and increasing political engagement in order to support the sector.

Invitation to "America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices" July 21 at University Club of Chicago

Release Date: 
07/12/2010

Andrew Solomon of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has invited Members, Forum Partners, Associate Members, and friends of Donors Forum to a free event and reception, America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices.

Illinois Nonprofits Urged to Join Forces as State Budget Crisis Worsens

Release Date: 
06/10/2010

"What kind of state do you want for yourself, and more importantly, for those that follow you? We need leaders in government whose vision extends beyond the next election. We also need leaders in education and the nonprofit sector whose vision extends beyond their own niche – leaders who understand the importance of others in the choppy waters as they struggle to stay afloat."

Up to 15,000 Illinois Nonprofits Could Lose their Tax-Exempt Status if They Don't File by May 17

Release Date: 
05/11/2010

Our good friends at the National Council of Nonprofits (to which we belong) are working hard to spread the word: May 17, 2010 is the deadline for nonprofits that have not filed an annual return in the past three years (even those with gross receipts normally under $25,000) to file or face automatic revocation of their tax-exempt status.

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