Toward a Robust Public Policy Agenda

Release Date: 
08/29/2013

It’s no secret that the state of Illinois faces immense fiscal challenges, the shining example being pension reform. For nonprofits in the state, these challenges translate to important opportunities for the sector to strengthen relationships with policymakers and to broaden the understanding and influence of nonprofits and expand their abilities to press for needed reforms.

Donors Forum Releases New Report on Foundation Expenses

Release Date: 
08/28/2013

Donors Forum, in partnership with the Foundation Center, has released Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois, a report which will serve as as a key resource for understanding foundation operating and administrative expenses and as an unbiased source of facts on actual practice in Illinois.

Three Community Meetings Highlight Themes for Thought

Release Date: 
07/26/2013

More than 70 members of the philanthropic and nonprofit community attended three Donors Forum-sponsored community meetings this week to provide feedback on strategies related to our three-year Strategic Plan, Engaging for Impact. The lively sessions highlighted the challenges the sector currently faces in Illinois given the economic environment, but also the thoughtfulness, energy, and passion that exists within our community in Illinois.

A Big Step in the Right Direction: Topinka Launches Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council to Tackle Fiscal Challenges Facing Charities

Release Date: 
07/24/2013

At a press conference on July 17, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the formation of the new Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council, the first of its kind in the nation. The Council will meet regularly to address the severe and persistent fiscal challenges facing nonprofits due to delays in state payments.

'Getting Society Un-Stuck' is Role of Social Entrepreneurs, Says Luncheon Keynote Dr. Cheryl Dorsey

Release Date: 
06/26/2013

Enduring social problems call for new approaches and solutions, ones that break down existing silos and build new models of public and private co-operation to effect sustainable change. That was the message of Dr. Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, who delivered the keynote address at Donors Forum's Annual Luncheon on June 21.

Guest Post: Groupon Grassroots Launches Program for Social Ventures

Release Date: 
06/06/2020

What does it mean to be a social venture? This question probably crosses many people’s minds when they see the words “social venture” or “social enterprise,” often used interchangeably. A social venture is a business or nonprofit whose primary social or environmental mission is supported through revenue from the sale of a product or service. Since April 2012, Groupon Grassroots has introduced more than 11,000 of our subscribers to 19 social ventures, generating $620,000 in sales.

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