Partner Forumnotes November 2011

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Mayor Strives to Build Support in Philanthropic Community by Stressing Public/Private Cooperation and Collaboration

Cooperation and collaboration between the public and private sectors was a central theme in the Member Breakfast with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, hosted by Donors Forum on Oct. 21 at the Union League Club of Chicago. As Mayor Emanuel works to build on his campaign themes of safer streets, better education, and improved government financing, he said he would need the help of the Chicago region’s philanthropic community.

“I can’t achieve what we need to achieve without the support of the foundations and charitable entities in this room,” Mayor Emanuel said. This echoed the thoughts offered by James D. Parsons, President of The Brinson Foundation and Chair of Donors Forum's Board of Directors, in introducing the session. “We have to ensure that we are coordinating together and are not in any way working against each other,” Parsons said.

Parsons invited the mayor to take advantage of the resources the philanthropic community has to offer, and Mayor Emanuel promised to take him up on that offer. To help in that work, Mayor Emanuel announced the creation of an office similar to the Mayor’s Fund for London. The staff for this fund will be announced shortly, and Mayor Emanuel said that part of this individual’s duties will be to act as a liaison to the philanthropic communities.

Continue reading the story here.

Communities of Practice Offer New Leadership Opportunity: Apply by 11/4

Donors Forum’s new Communities of Practice are great opportunities for grantmakers to be in a productive working group with other funders and nonprofit organizations on issues related to streamlining grantmaking operations and addressing nonprofit overhead. These groups will have the opportunity for dialogue, learning, and identifying steps for the sector to move ideas and action forward.  Go here for more information, and to nominate yourself or encourage your colleagues to fill out the online nomination form by Fri., Nov. 4. 

Brokering a Constructive Dialogue on the State Budget

Members of the foundation and nonprofit community left a meeting last month with representatives from the Governor's office and the General Assembly with a better understanding of how far the state has come with its Budgeting for Results project -- and how far it has to go. Donors Forum assembled key members of the foundation and nonprofit community, national experts from the Pew Center on the States, and representatives from the Governor's Office and the General Assembly at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to address the challenges, opportunities, and impact that BFR -- the state's new approach to outcomes-based budgeting -- will have on the nonprofit community. For more, jump to the Donors Forum blog.

Nonprofit Conference Draws More than 200 from Across Illinois

More than 200 nonprofit board and staff members from all over Illinois converged in Springfield on Oct. 19 for Vital Signs: Keeping Nonprofits Healthy in Uncertain Times, a nonprofit conference co-presented by Donors Forum and goodWORKSconnect.

In additional to nationally recognized plenary speakers Steven D. Zimmerman (pictured) and Rosetta Thurman, breakout sessions on governance, leadership, advocacy, evaluation, finance, and programs were offered, as were complimentary sessions with Bob Orser, "The Nonprofit Doctor" Saul Posits that "Doing Good" is Not Enough to Raise Money

Jason Saul, author of The End of Fundraising, was featured at Donors Forum's inaugural Author Series event on Oct. 11. Saul emphasized the importance of nonprofits raising money by showing how the outcomes they achieve relate to goals of the business 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.

Hilary Ward Joins Donors Forum to Build Sponsorship Program

Hilary Ward will join Donors Forum on Nov. 9 as Manager of Development, reporting to Celeste Wroblewski, Vice President, External Relations. In this new position, she will initially focus on developing event sponsorships. Most recently, Hilary was Director of Development at the Chicago Urban League. She has also worked as Director of Corporate Relations and Cause-Related Marketing at the Chicago Foundation for Women.

New Research Available

In Illinois in 2009, individuals gave almost $6.5 billion to nonprofits, the fifth-highest of all states in the country in real dollars: so says the Giving USA 2011, a report on giving trends that incorporates data from the IRS, issued in June. Donors Forum has extracted additional Illinois data from the report; read it on the Donors Forum blog.

Idealware has issued A Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems, an update to its 2008 guide. Commissioned by TAG and the Grants Managers Network, the new guide compares 20 grants management software products, describes their strengths and weaknesses, compares them across 17 criteria, and details how each system addresses more than 125 criteria. Download a free PDF copy of the guide here.

The Bridgespan Group has issued Small but Tough: Nonprofits in Rural America, a paper that highlights the differences between urban and rural nonprofits, discusses the barriers that rural nonprofits must overcome in serving their communities, and offers lessons gleaned from the experiences of nonprofits that have found ways to operate effectively in rural America.

News and Recognition

Abbott's corporate philanthropy program was showcased in The Evolution of Corporate Philanthropy, an article in The article highlights the company's four corporate social responsibility priorities. Abbott also donates a substantial amount of funds to its foundation, the Abbott Fund, a Donors Forum Member and separate legal entity.

Yasmin Ahmed is the new Program Officer at Cricket Island Foundation. She has worked in advocacy and philanthropy for 15 years in Ohio, San Francisco, Oakland, and Chicago, most recently as a Program Director for the now-sunsetted Girl’s Best Friend.  She is a member of the steering committee for Al-Fatiha Foundation.

ArcelorMittal has released its 2010 USA Corporate Responsibility Report.

The recipient of The Baxter International Foundation’s 2011 Episteme Award is Kathleen R. Stevens. The award is given by Baxter through Sigma Theta Tau International, the nonprofit honor society of nursing, to a nurse whose professional contributions have resulted in a recognizable and sizeable benefit to the public.

Associate Member Betsy Brill, President of Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., regularly contributes commentary to Read her October 10 contribution, Philanthropy Now Yielding Financial Returns.

The Evanston Community Foundation met the Sept. 30 deadline for Grand Victoria Foundations $2 million challenge, in which GVF would match donations up to $2 million. The money will be used as an endowment to support ECF’s “every child ready for kindergarten, every youth ready for work” approach to addressing the connections between the first three years of life and outcomes for young people as they leave high school. Read more here.

The Field Museum has received the 2011 America's Best Restroom Award. 
Working since 2004 to change the national long-term care industry through the strategy of changing regulation, the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation now funds eight successful national task forces. Recently, four proposals submitted by the National Life Safety Task Force: A Rothschild Regulatory Task Force to the National Fire Protection Association were approved and will be incorporated into the 2012 edition of NFPA Life Safety Code; and, the Food and Dining Clinical Standards Task Force: A Rothschild Regulatory Task Force’s new dining practice standards were agreed to by 12 national clinical standard-setting associations.

Raquel García-Álvarez is a new Program Officer at Grand Victoria Foundation. Most recently, she worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

Diana Matthews is the new Director of Charter Growth and Support at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Most recently, she led the 21st Century Online Learning Initiative at the Chicago Public Schools.

The VNA Foundation has awarded its 2011 Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award to Dental Lifeline Network (formerly Illinois Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped). The award recognizes a VNA Foundation grantee that uses mobile health services in an innovate, effective, and/or impactful way. 

Attorney Elaine Waterhouse Wilson of Quarles & Brady LLP has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in American 2012. She specializes in Chicago nonprofit and charity law.

Job Openings

AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Chief Clinical Officer

Cream City Foundation – Executive Director

Erikson Institute   Associate Director, Institutional Advancement, Data Systems, and Donor Services

The Joyce Foundation – Senior Program Officer, Money and Politics Program

Terra Foundation for American Art – Communications and Web Manager

Woods Fund of Chicago President

World Bicycle Relief – Senior Accountant

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:
  • The Charmm’d Foundation
  • Impact 100 Chicago
  • Investing in Communities

Grant Announcements

Go to this page on Donors Forum's website for news briefs on recent grants awarded by these and other funders:

  • Dunham Fund
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Chicago Tribune Charities
  • The VNA Foundation
  • Women’s Business Development Center
The Council on Foundations has issued a call for submissions for two awards: the Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program, which recognizes and encourages excellent in communications in communications and corporate giving programs; and the Scrivner Award, which honors grantmakers who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, are making a critical difference in a creative way. The deadline for submissions is Fri., Dec. 2.

Updates on Friends Across the U.S.

The D5 coalition, a growing alliance of 16 national and regional philanthropy organizations including Donors Forum, has received a $4 million grant from the California Endowment to supports its efforts to make organized philanthropy in the U.S. more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. In addition to Donors Forum’s organizational participation, President and CEO Valerie S. Lies is one of the founding members of the D5 coalition and has been involved in its planning and implementation for three years; she currently co-chairs the research committee. 

Jan Masaoka has been appointed CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits. A well-known national nonprofit leader, Jan was previously the editor-in-chief of Blue Avocado, an influential online magazine for nonprofits. She has also served as Executive Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and was named Nonprofit Executive of the 2003 by The Nonprofit Times.

Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, has been appointed Chairperson of the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers, of which Donors Forum is a member.

New and improved nonprofit workshops on evaluation, corporate and foundation relations, and invidual giving have been announced! See November workshops below; to view all workshops, go to, click on Calendar of All Events (top right) and follow the prompts.

Plan ahead; find the complete list of upcoming events at this link.

Wed., Nov. 2: Collaborating for Success: Nonprofit Facilities and Shared Workspace; Members and Partners receive a discount

Tues., Nov. 8: Evaluation: Make it Meaningful and Manageable

Tues., Nov. 8: The First Step in Fundraising: Tools and Tips

Fri., Nov. 11: Winning Elements: The How Tos of Successful Grantwriting and Relationship Building

Tues., Nov. 15 - Thurs., Dec. 8: Proposal Writing Series - 201, 202, 203

Tues., Nov. 15: Planning the Project - Proposal Writing 201

Tues., Nov. 15: Project Budgets - Proposal Writing 202

Tues., Nov. 22: The First Step in Fundraising: Tools and Tips

Wed., Nov. 30: Contemporary Challenges: Seminars for the C-Suite and Trustees

Fri., Nov. 4: Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference

Wed., Nov. 9: Illinois CPA Society Not-for-Profit Half-Day Pre-Conference

Wed. Nov. 9 (webinar): Understanding the Impact of Proposed Tax Policy Changes on Charitable Giving

Wed., Nov. 9 (webinar): Who's Steering This Ship Anyway?; Donors Forum’s Partners get a 20% discount

Thurs., Nov. 10: Illinois CPA Society Not-for-Profit Full-Day Conference

New Members
Asian Giving Circle
Lehman Stamm Family Fund

 New Forum Partners
Assurance Agency, Ltd.
Bosnian American Genocide and Education Center 
Chicago Youth Boxing Club
Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC
Era of Elegance
The Foundation for Human Potential
Grenzebach Glier & Associates, Inc.
Institute for Community Empowerment  
Li'l Buds Theatre Company
MAEOPP Education Foundation
St. Joseph Services
Stand for Children 
Supplies for Dreams, Inc.

Renewing Members
The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
Chicago Tribune Foundation   
CME Group Foundation   
D and R Fund
Edgar County Community Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation   
Leo S. Guthman Fund   
Illinois Arts Council    
The Jessica Fund
Robert R. McCormick Foundation    
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund   
Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund
The Owens Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors   
Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation

Renewing Associate Members
Jason Saul
Kim Silver   

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)

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, and Tim Clark

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-Time Job Seekers, by Meg Busse, Steven Joiner, and Putnam Barber

National Directory of Corporate Public Affairs (29th edition)

Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don’t Run Into Trouble, by Anthony Mancuso

Shift & Reset: Strategies for Addressing Serious Issues in a Connected Society, by Brian Reich

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