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Governor JB Pritzker – (217) 782-6830, Springfield, IL
Senator Dick Durbin – (202) 224-2152, Washington, DC
Senator Tammy Duckworth – (202) 224-2854, Washington, DC
Attorney General Kwame Raoul – (217) 782-1090, Springfield, IL
The Charitable Advisory Council – Created under the Solicitation for Charity Act (225 ILCS 460/23) to serve, study and advise on issues regarding charitable giving, volunteerism and fundraising in the state of Illinois. The council is a permanent body composed of citizens chosen by the Attorney General.
Arts Alliance Illinois – The leading voice for the cultural sector and creative industries. Through civic engagement, arts education, and cultural equity initiatives, we promote the value of the arts and give voice to a creative state.
CapinCrouse – A for-profit consulting firm specializing in nonprofit clients. In addition to their fee-based services, CapinCrouse offers free webinars across a variety of topics.
Chicago Cares – Matches volunteers with 200 nonprofit organizations and projects each month. Chicago Cares bridges divides and helps everyone see that every neighborhood has assets and challenges. Volunteers from diverse communities come together to meet critical community needs while learning about each other and one another’s neighborhoods.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights – Based in Chicago, CLCCR consists of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. They provide legal representation through partnerships with the private bar and collaborate with grassroots organizations and other advocacy groups to implement community-based solutions that advance civil rights. They’re website provides an impressive list of Resources designed specifically for nonprofit organizations.
New Coast Foundation – NCF was founded in 2016 as a public philanthropic venture fund to accelerate the impact of promising emerging organizations working to bring possibility to the communities and people of Chicago. Through its Investment Readiness approach, they identify emerging organizations that are demonstrating success, and, with the infusion of an investment to accelerate impact, help multiply their efforts to grow and influence meaningful change for Chicago.
Crain’s Chicago Business – Here’s an article entitled, “We have too many nonprofits. Here’s why that matters,” which includes a description of Forefront’s work — see their description and link immediately below. It’s not what any of us expected to list here, but it provides an explanation of several important options available to nonprofit organizations dealing with a highly competitive and difficult fundraising environment. If you’re facing increasing challenges, it’s worth a read.
Forefront – The nation’s only statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and allies, Forefront provides education, advocacy, thought leadership, and facilitates collective action around issues that are important to its Members and to the sector. Earlier this spring, Forefront launched Mission Sustainability, a program that offers counselling and resources to nonprofits wishing to merge or otherwise collaborate.
GRIT HQ – Grit HQ uses image-centered storytelling to more powerfully connect nonprofits and small businesses with their ideal audiences. GRIT also assists in writing successful grant proposals, conducts nonprofit training (all for a fee), and also provides free content resources to help nonprofits improve their fundraising, social media and branding & marketing game. They get potential supporters to understand what you do, care about the issues you address, and get involved with your organization.
Illinois Legal Aid Online – Offers a variety of articles and videos on how to organize and run a nonprofit Board of Directors, an explanation of their elected officer positions and responsibilities, employee salary issues, etc.
Illinois Partners – A coalition of more than 800 human service organizations located in every county and district throughout Illinois, IP’s partners represent fields across the sector, including education, economic opportunity, healthcare and public safety. They take the lead on some of the most complex issues, such as protecting funding and fair policies, and building public support for investments and innovation in human services. The IP team provides important research, information and updates on policy, and builds capacity in the human service community across Illinois.
Non-profit Development Center – An online resource to provide you with the tools and connections you need to build capacity and impact at your non-profit organization. Provided by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Created by and housed at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, NICNE strengthens nonprofits by providing education, training, technical assistance, and assessments, and encourages collaboration resulting in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector critical to a healthy community.
|FOUNDATION NAME||TOTAL ANNUAL GIVING|
|The Rotary Foundation||$229,733,478|
|The Chicago Community Trust||$225,126,611|
|John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation||$209,859,152|
|Grainger Foundation, Inc.||$69,118,406|
|Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation||$51,055,275|
|Arie and Ida Crown Memorial||$44,948,746|
|The Joyce Foundation||$36,440,380|
|Ronald McDonald House Charities||$34,893,482|
|The Allstate Foundation||$28,288,465|
|Polk Brothers Foundation, Inc.||$27,759,335|
|Circle of Service Foundation||$27,256,458|
|Grover Hermann Foundation||$24,156,300|
|The ALSAM Foundation||$23,525,058|
|Illinois Tool Works Foundation||$20,128,437|
|John Deere Foundation||$16,948,765|
|Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois||$16,333,300|
|The Irving Harris Foundation||$14,538,014|
|State Farm Companies Foundation||$12,314,420|
|Foglia Family Foundation||$11,945,856|
|Kirkland & Ellis Foundation||$11,938,654|
|The Spencer Foundation||$11,637,653|
|Motorola Solutions Foundation||$10,914,181|
|William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.||$8,186,657|
|Healthy Communities Foundation||$7,735,928|
|Lloyd A. Fry Foundation||$7,661,523|
|Terra Foundation for American Art||$6,802,991|
|Michael Reese Health Trust||$6,670,816|
|ConAgra Foods Foundation, Inc.||$6,573,809|
|Frank E. Payne and Seba B. Payne Foundation||$6,518,466|
|The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation||$6,380,653|
|Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation||$6,252,528|
|Dr. Scholl Foundation||$5,915,000|
|Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation||$5,610,269|
|Helen Brach Foundation||$5,598,562|