For grantmakers: Our 2014 Grantmakers Institute, the popular professional development program for both new and experienced grantmakers, will take place in February and early March, with an additional advanced session on nonprofit finance on March 26. GMI is updated yearly and provides a comprehensive look at the elements of responsible grantmaking. New this year is a session on advocacy for foundations. Register through Mon., Jan. 20 for early-bird rates; our Members get an additional discount.
For nonprofits: Back by popular demand is our two-day Nonprofits 101 workshop on Jan. 29 and 30. If you are new to the nonprofit sector, a recent graduate, or an experience professional changing careers, you'll find this "crash course" in nonprofit governance, funding structures, best practices, and key trends crucial to your sucess in the sector. Register here.
In 2010, Illinois was number one in the country for all the wrong reasons, particularly for its nonprofit contracting practices. The Urban Institute has released an updated national report on contracting between government and nonprofits, and will release Illinois data in January. Has Illinois improved? Share your story and take our quick poll in anticipation of the state report next month!
Take a look at our annual report! You're invited to take a few minutes to see what came across Donors Forum's desk in Fiscal Year 2013 (7/1/12 - 6/30/13). This year, instead of a traditional, printed report we've used an interactive, online Prezi to share our accomplishments and progress. Access our presentation here, then click on the forward arrow to start it.