Recent Press Coverage

Collaborating for the Greater Good, a letter to the editor by Donors Forum President and CEO Eric Weinheimer, appeared August 15, 2020 in Crain’s Chicago Business. Although Eric acknowledges that nonprofits and social impact organizations should find ways to engage tech entrepreneurs entering the field of philanthropy, he puts forth that those new to funding can maximize their impact by first understanding the unique policy, funding, cultural, and other challenges inherent to supporting successful programs and organizations.

Donors Forum and foundation executives held a press conference on May 19, 2020 to draw a firm boundary around the extent to which Illinois government can expect private philanthropy to fill the large state budget hole. Doug Schenkelberg, Donors Forum's Vice President of Strategy and Policy, talked with WBEZ Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia about private philanthropy and the state budget (this clip was re-broadcast on the Afternoon Shift with Melba Lara.) This news also received coverage in:

  • Progress Illinois
  • Windy City Media Group
  • Peoria Public Radio
  • Alton Daily News
  • WBGZ Radio
  • E-News Park Forest
  • Morning Call from Truth in Accounting
Donors Forum research was cited in Philanthropy Isn't Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts on May 7, 2020 in The Chicago Tribune.
President and CEO Eric Weinheimer provided commentary for Chicagoans More Charitable Than National Average, which appeared April 20, 2020 on
Donors Forum's Building a Stronger Illinois campaign, as well as its three groundbreaking studies on social return on investment, were highlighted in Nonprofit Quarterly in March, 2015. Read Illinois’s Donors Forum Challenges SOI of State Budget Cuts here.
Rauner Budget Plan Damages Important Nonprofit Sector, an article by President and CEO Eric Weinheimer, appeared in February 2015 on
Donors Forum's recent work was highlighted in How a 50-Year Old Organization is Shaking Up Philanthropy, which appeared in a January 2015 post on the Chicago Ideas Week blog. President and CEO Eric Weinheimer provided insight and commentary.
In December 2014, #ILGiveBig, powered by Donors Forum, was highlighted in national and state media:
  • The Chicago Tribune Local
  • USA Today
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • De Kalb-gased Daily Chronicle
  • De Kalb-based MidWeek News
  • Public News Service
  • PRWeb News Service


Former President and CEO Valerie S. Lies provides commentary on full-cost funding and breaking the nonprofit 'starvation cycle' in her June 16 Huffington Post column, How Philanthropy is Changing the Culture on Full-Cost Funding.
Vice President of Public Policy Doug Schenkelberg was interviewed on May 15, 2020 around state budget issues on WBEZ radio's Afternoon Shift program. And, Crain's Chicago Business published in May 2014 Illinois Still Late Paying Bills Owed to Nonprofits, Study Finds as a result of Donors Forum's outreach around these issues.
Progress Illinois published Illinois Social Service Providers Brace for a 'Tough' Budgetary Year, an article re-capping Donors Forum's April 15, 2020 Illinois State Budget Forum.
The announcement on March 14, 2020 that Eric Weinhemier will succeed Valerie S. Lies as President and CEO of Donors Forum on July 1 was covered in several industry and business publications, including The Nonprofit Times and Crain's Chicago Business.
Former President and CEO Valerie S. Lies provides insights into collective action for the sector (the topic of the keynote presentation by Sterling Speirn at our 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Program on Jan. 28, 2014) in her February 28, 2020 Huffington Post column, Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent.
Director of Strategic Communications and Public Policy Delia Coleman provided commentary for Short on Revenue, State and Local Governments Turn to Nonprofits on the website of Tax Analysts, a nonprofit that provides tax news and analysis. The article highlights the vulnerability of nonprofit tax benefits in light of governments' fiscal problems.
Director of Strategic Communications and Public Policy Delia Coleman provided commentary for Federal Grantees to Get Help with Overhead Costs in the Jan. 9, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article explains the new rule laid out by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in December that allows nonprofits to carve out up to 10 percent out of their federal grants and contracts to pay for overhead. They can also try to negotiate for a higher rate.