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Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices

Endorsed by the Illinois Attorney General, the principles address mission, governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and responsible stewardship of resources.

Real Talk About Real Costs

Donors Forum is a national leader in the discussion around nonprofit overhead and full-cost funding. Visit our microsite to find resources, opinion pieces, and news.

Building a Stronger Illinois

How do we value the work of the nonprofit sector? We've been looking at the Youth Development, Arts & Culture, and Environment fields to answer that question.

Fair and Accountable: Partnership Principles for a Sustainable Human Services System

Practices that should be followed when the City of Chicago or State of Illinois contract with nonprofits to provide human services.