Partner Forumnotes September 2011

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Update on Federal and State Fiscal Problems
Illinois at Risk of Losing Philanthropic and Nonprofit Investments

Taken as a whole, last month’s federal debt deal and the state’s continued struggling finances (including persistent deficits) threaten to obstruct the Illinois philanthropic and nonprofit communities’ ability to provide many of the services delivered on behalf of the state.

“We are more than a little worried about how public decision-making will affect the already struggling nonprofit sector in Illinois,” said Valerie S. Lies, Donors Forum’s President and CEO. “When decisions about the public good are made, unfortunately the unintended consequence is that organizations and invested stakeholders who have traditionally served our most critical communities will no longer be able to. Community need will increase exponentially while nonprofits and foundations try to decide if it’s feasible to continue to invest in the state of Illinois.”

Newly released numbers for the FY12 state budget highlight the devastating effect on Illinois communities.  See our updated FY2012 budget wrap-up here.

Read the rest of the story here.

The Nonprofit Conference on Oct. 19
Early-Bird Rate Extended; Nonprofit Doc to Give Free "Check Ups" at 10/19 Conference

Plans are progressing for Vital Signs: The Illinois Nonprofit Conference in Springfield on Wed., Oct. 19. Donors Forum has extended the discounted early-bird rate. Register by Sept. 19 for $110; after that, the rate goes up to $135. Discounts are also available to two or more registrants from the same organization.

The list of breakout sessions on programs, governance, leadership, finance, outcome evaluation, and advocacy is growing; you can check it here. We've also added a great opportunity -- a free, 20-minute appointment with Bob Orser, the nationally known Nonprofit Doctor. Appointments are private and available on a first-come, first-served basis (only one appointment per organization, please); this is an opportunity to discuss issues in confidence with a reputable advisor. Find details here.

Check the Vital Signs website for updates -- -- and follow the conference on Twitter using hashtag: #vitalsector.



Presenting Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Much Shelist Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series of the Social Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI), University of Illinois 

Platinum Sponsor

Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Tracy Family Foundation

Gold Sponsor

Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County
Millikin University Center for Entrepreneurship

See the roster of our all generous sponsors and find details on the benefits of sponsorship here.

DF and CPD Collaborate to Offer A Force for Good -- A Great Opportunity for Small Nonprofits

Donors Forum is excited to partner with the Chicago Police Department on A Force for Good, a new program aimed at strengthening community and faith-based organizations with budgets under $500,000. Announced by Mayor Emanuel at a press conference on August 12,  A Force for Good is a two-year program that will provide 25 Chicago community organizations with training, technical assistance, and mentorship to enhance their capacity to identity, obtain, and manage grants and other funding.  Donors Forum will provide the capacity-building training to the organizations selected to participate in the program. Visit this website for more information and to see if you organization qualifies to apply for this unique opportunity. The application deadline is Sept. 15.

Donors Forum to Discontinue IFS

After an extensive review process, Donors Forum has decided to discontinue selling Illinois Funding Source (IFS), a searchable database of Illinois grantmakers and grants. This is a business decision made after careful consideration and as part of a year-long sustainability and strategic planning process. Donors Forum concluded that the cost of providing the service far outweighed the revenues; and, other providers of services – such as Foundation Directory Online – already provide excellent products. IFS will be available to current subscribers and visitors to the Donors Forum Library and Philanthropy Centers through Dec. 31, 2011. Donors Forum sent an email to paid subscribers of IFS on Aug. 17 with information on alternatives, including a free, 30-day subscription to Foundation Center Online. If you did not receive the email or have questions about the discontinuation of IFS or your subscription, you can email Laura Zumdahl, Vice President of Nonprofit Services.

Valerie S. Lies in Crain's

President and CEO Valerie S. Lies shared her thoughts on the effects of the economy on corporate giving, her view of the Emanuel administration’s relationship with Chicago’s civic leaders, and more in “Q&A with Valerie Lies of Donors Forum: 'A number of tough years' still ahead” in the Aug. 15, 2011 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business.

DF Staff News and Promotions

Donors Forum staff visited Rumble Arts – a Forum Partner – for our summer outing in August. View pictures here.

Margo Gray has been promoted to Director, Member Relations from Manager; Delia Coleman has been promoted to Director, Pubic Policy from Manager, Public Policy Communications and Outreach; and Hannah White has been promoted to Coordinator, Public Policy from  Associate. 

Steve Strang will join Donors Forum on Oct. 3 as the new Nonprofit Programs Manager. Most recently, he was Grants and Contract Training Specialist at the University of Chicago. He is also pursuing an M.P.A. at Roosevelt University.  

Job Changes, Awards

Jeff Clarke has been named Interim President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. He will serve while the search for a  permanent president and CEO is conducted. Mr. Clark is currently a Senior Fellow with the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, and was Vice President of that organization for nine years. Mr. Clark replaces Steven Gunderson, who led COF for six years and resigned in July.

Angela Baran is the new Program Officer at the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County. Previously, she worked with the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

Janie Gawrys, R.N., M.S., C.P.H.Q., Vice President of Clinical Operations for the Access Community Health Network, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow for 2011.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 2011 annual report is available online.

The Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services will award Judge Ann Claire Williams, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, with the  William H. Avery Award for Equal Access to Justice at its awards luncheon on Oct. 6.

Anne Roosevelt, Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship at The Boeing Company, retired on Aug. 31. She will be CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and has been asked to join the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship as a Fellow. The new Vice President of Corporate Citizenship will be Lianne Stein, who will begin on Sept. 9. Stein currently services as Vice President of Boeing International and President of Boeing Germany. Also, Tracie Hall will be the new Community Investor for Chicago beginning on Sept. 9. She has supported Boeing’s international grantmaking for three years.

Donors Forum Public Policy Committee Members Bouman and Lewis Appointed to Budgeting for Results Commission

John Bouman, Executive Director of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Jim Lewis, Senior Program Officer, Basic Human Needs at The Chicago Community Trust were appointed to the Budgeting for Results Commission, which will issue recommendations and guide the implementation process for Illinois’ new budgeting process.

Recognizing the need for community representation on the Commission, Donors Forum recommended and supported Mr. Bouman and Mr. Lewis’ appointments.  Their expertise and high level perspective on the needs of the nonprofit sector will help ensure the Commission fulfills its mission.  Mr. Bouman serves on Donors Forum’s Board of Directors and is co-chair of Donors Forum’s Public Policy Committee; Mr. Lewis is a member of Donors Forum's Public Policy Committee. Read more on the Donors Forum blog. 

Peter Goldberg, 1948-2011

Peter Goldberg, longtime head of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit social-service alliance Families International, passed away Aug. 12 while hiking in Maine. He was 63 years old. He was frequently ranked among the nation’s most influential nonprofit executives. Read more about Mr. Goldberg’s contributions to the sector in this remembrance from Daniel Stid of The Bridgespan Group.

Job Openings

ArcelorMittal USA
Corporate Responsibility Manager

Donors Forum – Manager, Sponsorship Development

Econ Illinois - Executive Director

Horizon Hospice & Palliative CareFund Development and Communications Director

Illinois Humanities Council  - Communications Manager

Lillian and Larry Goodman FoundationsExecutive Director

SCE – Program Officer, Digital Learning

Miscellaneous Opportunities

Columbia College has an opportunity for Chicago nonprofits to work with a team of students from a Marketing Nonprofit Organizations class to find creative solutions for three to four key marketing issues. For more information, email Peter Van Veen or call him at 630-434-7184.

Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business's Advancing Career and Education (ACE) program allows first-year graduate students to serve 100 hours over two semesters and work on projects such as market research, social networking, database management, event planning, accounting, human resources, and administrative support.  For more information, email Suzanne Weiss or call her at 312-906-6578.

Through a program called Investing in Communities, real estate agents select a nonprofit to receive a portion of the agent’s commission in a real estate transaction.  To participate, nonprofits have to meet certain criteria in terms of their focus and also agree to promote the program.  Details can be found here.   Nonprofits that sign up by Sept. 15 are eligible to participate in a raffle for 15 grants of up to $10,000.

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) will take place Oct. 10 to 16, with the goals of stimulating new initiatives and ventures, creating collaborations, and establishing a community of people who have the desire to connect to achieve great things. CIW aims to solidify Chicago as a central hub of ideas and innovation. Foundations and nonprofits can become Community Partners, receiving visibility and invitations to special network events. Learn more here.

The Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is now accepting nominations for several awards that will be presented at its awards luncheon on May 11, 2012. Find details on the nomination criteria and process here.

Requests for Proposals

Go to this page on Donors Forum's website for overviews of requests for proposals and other opportunities from the organizations listed below:

  • Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust
  • A Force for Good (Chicago Police Department)
Grant Announcements

Go to this page on Donors Forum's website for news briefs on recent grants awarded by these and other funders:
  • The Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation
  • Crossroads Fund
  • DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Partners Save $150 When Registering for the SEA Summit

Social Enterprise Alliance’s 12th annual SEA Summit will take place Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Chicago. The event will offer to nonprofits and foundations advice from experts, connections, investor strategies, and a wealth of information about social enterprise. Those who register by Sept. 15 get $100 off, and SEA is pleased to offer Donors Forum’s Members and Partners an additional $50 off. Use the code $50OFF when you register (if your organization is a member of SEA, your additional discount is $100; the additional discounts cannot be combined). Get event details here, and register here.    

Mingle with colleagues, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and be inspired by the ideas of Jason Saul as he offers highlights from his book, The End of Fundraising. The presentation and reception will take place the evening of Tues., 10/11 in a beautiful space provided by Mayer, Brown. This event kicks off Donors Forum’s new author series. Register here.

Because Donors Forum is a member of the Host Committee for R-Evolutionary Times, the 2011 Independent Sector Conference Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Chicago, you can save $500 if you register before Sept. 15.

Plan ahead; find the complete list of upcoming events at this link.
Thur. 9/8 (Grayslake): The First Step in Fundraising

Wed. 9/14 (Joliet): The First Step in Fundraising
Thurs. 9/22 (Effingham): The First Step in Fundraising

Tues. 9/27: The First Step in Fundraising

Thurs. 9/29: Winning Elements: The How Tos of Successful Grantwriting and Relationship Building

Thurs. 9/8 (Springfield): How are my Local Nonprofit Counteparts Tackling Critical Issues and Challenges?

Wed. 9/21: Facility Planning and Financing Workshop for Nonprofits

Tues. 9/27: Social Media for Nonprofits (discount for Forum Partners)

Thurs. 9/29 (Mt. Vernon): Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference

New Forum Partners

America's Children's Museum on Wheels: Story Bus
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation 
Beyond the Ball 
Chatham Fields Lutheran Church 
Chicago Allies for Youth Success   
Chicago Tech Academy   
Chicago Volunteer Doulas, Inc.   
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
Global Emergency Care Collaborative   
Hanul Family Alliance   
Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund
Karen House Transitional Living   
Kids Have Hope   
Lednica 2000 Association   
Mastermind Entrepreneur Group  
Open Heart Magic   
The Posse Foundation
Senior Connections NFP   
Strategic Human Services   
The Posse Foundation   
TriCity Family Services   
YWCA Lake County      

New Members

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

Renewing Members

Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation   
The CHEST Foundation   
CME Foundation   
Deloitte Services LP
New Venture Fund  
Oberweiler Foundation

The Donors Forum Library (Chicago)

East Central Illinois Philanthropy Center

Lake County Philanthropy Center (Grayslake)

Northwest Suburban Philanthropy Center (Schaumburg)

The Philanthropy Center (Glen Ellyn)

South Metropolitan Philanthropy Center at Joliet Junior College (Joliet)

West Central Illinois Philanthropy Center (Quincy)

Achieving Sponsorship Success, by Elizabeth H. Blume

Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits: Building Capacity and Sustainability, by Woods Bowman

How to be Successful at Sponsorship Sales, by Sylvia Allen

Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, by Mario Morino

Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Nonprofits, by Cecilia Hogan

The Sponsorship Handbook: Essential Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Sponsors and Sponsorship Seekers, by William Fenton and Pippa Collett

Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement, by John M. Bryson

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