In 2012 Donors Forum partnered with the Sara Lee Foundation to provide capacity building services to their grantees.
Donors Forum will commemorate its 40th anniversary throughout 2014, celebrating four decades of strengthening Illinois philanthropy and the nonprofit community.
Understanding the ways in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA)will affect small organizations and change the shape of the health care market isn't easy, especially with the large amount of misinformation that has been spread about the law. To help make the picture clearer, Donors Forum’s Chicago Grantmakers for Effective Organizations hosted a session on Small Organizations in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act.
Donors Forum, in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, has just launched a second cycle of the Force For Good program.
Valerie S. Lies, Donors Forum's President and CEO, announced earlier this year that she will retire as of June 30, 2014. She has led Donors Forum since 1987. The Donors Forum Board of Directors is employing best practices for a thoughtful, careful, and smooth executive transition, and the search for the next leader of Donors Forum is underway. The Transition Committee is moving forward and a search firm has been selected. Here is an update on the process and an invitation to share your thoughts as we move forward.
On April 9, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn announced a social impact bond initiative in the State of Illinois. Social impact bonds (SIBs) are an innovative approach to funding social services through the collaboration of nonprofits, funders, and government. At the core of SIBs are pay-for-success contracts that permit programs with measurable, successful outcomes to grow and deliver services to more people while at the same time saving the government money. SIBs are not bonds in the traditional sense; rather, they are contractual obligations by the government to pay based on successful results from a program. How do they work?
More than 30 foundation and nonprofit leaders attended a roundtable discussion in Springfield on September 17 to provide insights into Donors Forum’s Strategic Plan, Engaging for Impact, and, more specifically, to help us identify our public policy priorities.
It’s not enough to simply hire individuals from diverse backgrounds; the entire hiring process needs to be influenced by the principles of inclusion and equity.
Laura Zumdahl, Donors Forum's Vice President of Nonprofit Services, has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award, given by the Association Forum of Chicagoland, a nonprofit association that advances the practice of association management, and USAE, an association management trade newspaper.