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.
Tools and resources focused on nonprofit finance and research on economic trends in nonprofits, including key articles, case studies and planning guides.
Explore challenges and opportunities in providing general operating support to grantees.
This statement represents Donors Forum’s commitment to advocating for full-cost funding of nonprofit outcomes.
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.
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.
Guest blogger Michael D. Smith shares with us the Social Innovation Fund's new comprehensive evaluation design.
The Donors Forum Library has created a resource for individuals seeking grants + funding.
The philanthropic and nonprofit sectors are quite familiar with the challenge of funding new initiatives in the current government budget environment.
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.
On March 25, the Nonprofit Finance Fund unveiled the results of its 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, detailing the finances, operations, and outlook of 5,983 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.
Presents best practices related to the role of the board in terms of fiscal management, fund development, board meetings and self-assessment. Good for both new and experienced boar members.
Donors Forum seeks to create a community of shared inquiry characterized by mutual respect and trust. We ask all participants to support the learning environment by refraining from soliciting funds or business during Donors Forum events.
Download resources from Donors Forum's recent webinar, Advocacy in an Election Year: What's Voting Got to do With It? Learn what's new with voting rules and requirements, basic rules for civic engagement, and hear how one nonprofit did it.
Donors Forum’s new "Community of Practice" on Streamlining the Grant Process kicked off January 18 with an enthusiastic group of 30 leaders from Member and Forum Partner organizations, and Associate Members from the Chicagoland area. Participants began a journey focused on finding mutual understanding and fostering working together as grantors and grantees to find solutions to streamlining the grant process in the sector.
Illinois-based Rainbow House, which provides critical services to victims of domestic violence, was impacted hard by the shutdown of the federal government and continues to be impacted even after the shutdown was lifted. Kathleen Higgins, Executive Director of Rainbow House, answered a few questions via email to highlight the challenges created by the shutdown.