Endorsed by the Illinois Attorney General, the principles address mission, governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and responsible stewardship of resources.
Donors Forum introduced the Preserving the Public Trust Initiative to help nonprofi
Published in 2010, Fair and Accountable: Partnership Principles for a Sustainable H
Practices that should be followed when the City of Chicago or State of Illinois contract with nonprofits to provide human services.
Donors Forum issued its seminal publication Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices in 2004 as part of its Preserving the Public Trust Initiative. The publication, which offers guidance to nonprofits and grantmakers on governance and management, was updated in 2008 to reflect regulatory and legislative changes made since 2004, and to align with a set of national principles issued by Independent Sector.
Daily, over half a million dedicated nonprofit employees work to help strengthen communities, make them livable, solve problems, and meet basic needs like education, health, food, shelter, and the arts. We do this work because we believe in our missions and believe in the role we play in our society – doing the most good for the most needy. And often we do this work while waiting for our contracts to be paid at rates far lower than the cost of providing the services.
Donors Forum President and CEO Valerie S. Lies appeared before the Appropriations-Human Services Committee at the Illinois General Assembly. Lies spoke about the State's broken human services system, calling for legislators to “pursue sources of new, stable, fair, and diversified revenue.”
"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."
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
While national giving may not have returned to its all-time high achieved in 2007, total charitable giving by American individuals, foundations, estates, and corporations rose for the third consecutive year in 2012 to $316.23 billion, according to the new Giving USA 2013 report.
It’s not enough to simply hire individuals from diverse backgrounds; the entire hiring process needs to be influenced by the principles of inclusion and equity.
Guest blogger David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy at the National Council of Nonprofits, makes the case for "everyday advocacy," which most nonprofits are already doing.
$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!
Today, the Urban Institute released a one-of-a-kind report on the state of the human services contracting system nationwide. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture nationally, but in terms of late payments and several other indicators, Illinois is in a league of its own. Illinois ranks #1 in the country for late payments, #3 for payments failing to cover the full cost of contracted services, and #3 for government changing contract terms mid-stream.
How does one unify a diverse sector and catalyze a grassroots awareness raising effort? Introduce a bill to include private nonprofits in a definition of ‘public bodies.’
This report provides a set of recommendations and new tools that are useful to grantmakers and grantseekers in Illinois and elsewhere. It also tells the important story of Donors Forum's successful effort to convene grantmakers and grantseekers under conditions that allowed meaningful and honest relationships to develop -- to everyone's benefit.