After five years of strategic support to build community organizing capacity on Chicago’s South Side, the Woods Fund, a Member of Donors Forum since we were founded in 1974, announced in the fall of 2009 that it was phasing out of the South Side Initiative.
Associate Member Betsy Brill provides insightful commentary and suggestions to corporate funders, grantmakers, and individual donors about how they can support nonprofits affected by state budget crises.
In collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we are offering the webinar "So You Want to Be a Fundraiser?" to help career switchers interested in fundraising.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, a new nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., aims to help donors leverage their resources throughout the disaster life cycle, helping afflicted communities recover and preventing future suffering through preparedness efforts
After pausing to reflect on our gratitude on Thanksgiving and beginning the holiday buying season with zeal on Black Friday, December 3 is an opportunity to give to others by participating in #GivingTuesday.
In an effort to facilitate communication and increase our ability to be more transparent and effective, several Illinois public health trained program officers* began working within the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Explores how "environmental funders can engage the funders of non-environmental constituencies and build diverse, well-resourced coalitions that work together to build power over time."
"EFN provides its members with information, learning and networking opportunities, and support for funder collaboration. The Resource Library contains publications, links, recordings, and other material on environmental health and environmental justice topics from HEFN and external sources. Funder stories may yield an outcome, lessons learned, or ideas."
Our statement on our commitment to full-cost funding represents over two years of dialogue and discussion at Donors Forum about the importance of funding overhead costs of nonprofit organizations. Working in Illinois, with foundation and nonprofit leaders, and with others in the field nationally, we are collectively trying to shift the focus away from arbitrary limits on overhead and other organizational expenses in order to focus on measures of nonprofit effectiveness such as outcomes and impact.
EDGE Funders Alliance works to increase resources for community well-being and transnational organizing in ways that promote justice and build lasting, meaningful change. The Knowledge Center includes advice for grantmakers, advice for grantseekers, and publications and resources.
The International Human Rights Funders Group is a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy. The Website provides access to IHRFG and the Foundation Center's Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders, a multi-year effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding; resources on policies impacting human rights grantmaking; and various publications, reports, and links for human rights grantmakers and grantseekers seeking additional information.International Human Rights Funder
The philanthropic and nonprofit sectors are quite familiar with the challenge of funding new initiatives in the current government budget environment.
Steven McCullough, Vice President of Community Partnerships at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, speaks with the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on leveraging networks.
The Donors Forum Library has created a resource for individuals seeking grants + funding.
Shifting demographics is one of the trends David La Piana highlighted at the recent Donors Forum Annual Luncheon. Baby boomers are retiring, Generation X is moving into leadership positions, and the eldest of Generation Y turn 30 this year and are well into their careers.
As a professional who works with both individual donors and family foundations to implement effective and meaningful giving strategies, I considered David La Piana’s observations on the changes in the sector in the context of how they might shape the philanthropic advising profession and how they might inform our understanding of the “best practices” we impart to our clients.
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.
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.
CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund just launched a national survey exploring the role of development in nonprofits. The purpose of the research is to better understand the unique challenges of fundraisers and learn more about the issues that are contributing to high turnover in this critical leadership position.
Properly funded overhead costs are needed to build excellent organizations: that was the central message from Real Talk About Real Costs, a Donors Forum Convening held last month.