Donors Forum leverages the collective leadership, expertise, and influence of philanthropy and nonprofits to improve lives and strengthen communities in Illinois.
Donors Forum is the hub of Illinois’ vibrant and diverse philanthropic and nonprofit community—and the only statewide association serving funders and nonprofits of all kinds, as well as their advisors.
Donors Forum is a catalyzing leader and advocate for philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois, protecting and promoting their work and missions.
Donors Forum provides unique, high-quality programs, research, and resources that strengthen the effectiveness of philanthropy and nonprofits.
Donors Forum was founded in 1974 as Donors Forum of Chicago. Long recognized as the go-to source for philanthropy and nonprofits in the metropolitan area, we dropped “of Chicago” from our name in 2007 as we broadened our reach to serve the entire state of Illinois.
Donors Forum’s board is comprised of 25 leaders in Illinois’ philanthropic and nonprofit community.
Valerie S. Lies, a nationally recognized leader in philanthropy and nonprofits, is President and CEO of Donors Forum. Our full-time staff of 18 includes senior leaders with extensive experience in their fields.