• Choreographer Liz Lerman brought out the best in all of us at our Annual Luncheon on June 18. Those who came took a risk. It was awesome! View photos and video here.

  • "Chicken Boy on Rooster Bike" is from West Town Bikes, a Member since 2010. They promote bicycling in Chicago and educate youth with a focus on under-served populations.

  • The Children's Clinic, a Member since 2010, provides medical, dental, and social services to children whose families can't afford private health care.

  • The Night Ministry, a Member since 1992, works on the ground to provide housing, healthcare, and human connection to adults, teens, and pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.

  • Breakthrough, which first became a Member in 1999, partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills. and open doors of opportunity.


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The annual planning forum is a great opportunity to share your ideas, network with colleagues, and help keep group activities relevant and valuable to your work.


Dr. Janet Holt will introduce the group to the Illinois Education Research Council and provide an overview of their research on post-secondary access and success.


We will discuss the implications of the Frameworks Institute’s Core Story of Education and messaging about education reform in the U.S.


We will review the recommendations of consultant Julie Adrianopoli, who conducted a series of stakeholder interviews related to a recently completed landscape scan.


At this free orientation, you'll receive a tutorial on using prospecting databases, which you can access free in the Library.


You'll learn more about the resources available to you and meet others in the Donors Forum community! By belonging to Donors Forum -- your state association of nonprofits and of grantmakers -- you are part of a community.