A challenging environment requires grantmakers and operating nonprofits to meet increasing community needs and create greater impact.
We were pleased that the Chicago Tribune published our letter to the editor this week about the need for fiscal reform to solve the State's budget crisis.
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
The final chapter of my new book, Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, (American Bar Association, 2011) raises the provocative question: "To What End?"
In late October, the Chicago Tribune published another in a line of articles on nonprofits, highlighting a new bill by Illinois State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago). Prompted by the Tribune’s earlier pieces, Harris’ bill would require some nonprofits, whose contracts and grants are exempted under the Illinois Procurement Code, to disclose relationships with private management companies and for-profit subsidiaries, as a way to uncover executive compensation. In a conversation with Donors Forum, Harris told us this is a “transparency” issue. In a meeting with Rep. Harris after the article was published, Donors Forum agreed that it is important for nonprofits receiving public dollars to disclose key employee compensation.
When your organization becomes an Operating Nonprofit Member of Donors Forum, you will benefit from:
Donors Forum introduced the Preserving the Public Trust Initiative to help nonprofi
Funders and nonprofits have an interest in promoting a high participation rate in the 2010 Census -- it will help protect the investments they've made in Illinois communities by ensuring that residents and nonprofits receive their fair share of federal dollars.
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.
"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."
$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!
It is no secret that discussion about the nonprofit sector has been increasing since this economic recession began.
In case you missed it, the special focus of the January 24, 2011 Crain's Chicago Business was on nonprofits and philanthropy:
As part of its work to raise awareness of the value of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, Donors Forum works with media outlets in Illinois.
A group of more than 100 nonprofit and grantmaker CEOs, board members, and staff gathered in December to discuss how to develop more diverse organizations.
Operating nonprofit dues are based on budget size for the current fiscal year.
Donors Forum is preparing nonprofit and foundation members for a tough budget session this year, in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s newly announced budget.
Donors Forum is partnering with Nonprofit Finance Fund for six financial management webinars, designed to provide a sophisticated and practical understanding of nonprofit finance, Donors Forum Members get a 15% discount.
In thinking about David La Piana’s remarks at the Donors Forum Annual Luncheon in June, one statement in particular struck me. Yes, “transformation is not optional” was an eye opener, but that’s not it. It was a more simple one. David noted that all of us can make a difference, but to do so we “must take our egos out of it."