How to Start a Nonprofit in Illinois | 11-Step Guide


Chicago is the first place that comes to mind for most people when you mention Illinois. There is more to Illinois than Chicago. The state of Illinois has the sixth largest population in the United States, and that population is highly varied.

Nonprofit Profile: First Christian Church of Beardstown Illinois

Tech Soup Blog

The First Christian Church of Beardstown is a non-sectarian Christian church in rural west-central Illinois. Beardstown Illinois is an agricultural market town where farm products are loaded onto barges for transport on the Illinois River. For a very long time faith-based 501(c)(3) charitable organizations have been in a special category and were often barred from foundation grants and corporate donations even though there has never been a strictly legal reason for this.


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Measuring and Reporting Nonprofit Outcomes


Heart of Illinois United Way. Gina Edwards Heart of Illinois United Way Leadership measurement nptech nten Strategy Program Gina Edwards. VP, Marketing & Communications. Outcomes are not just visions or goals. They are specific changes or benefits that include a transformation in knowledge, attitudes, values, skills, behaviors or conditions. Outcome information and measurement are the not-for-profit equivalents of the for-profit industry's return on investment.

Byline Bank Selects 360factors’ Predict360 Risk Assessments Application and ABA Risk Library

360 Factors

billion bank headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, selected 360factors’ Predict360 Risk Management and Assessment application , pre-populated with the American Bankers Association (ABA) Risk Library, to enhance the bank’s enterprise risk and compliance program.

[Webinar] The Virtual Fundraising Roundtable Discussion


We’re having our first ever Virtual Fundraising Roundtable to bring life to your next virtual event! In 2020, 84% of nonprofits had a virtual event, or were planning an upcoming one.

Yes, I wear a suit sometimes

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I keynoted the Illinois Computing Educators - ICE conference recently, and someone posted a picture on Flickr. It's fun to go out and tell stories to hundreds of people. Mainly, I talk about where Benetech comes from.

Gravitate Solutions Announces Partnership with

Gravitate is a full-service, global digital agency based in Des Plaines, Illinois that provides best-in-class web design, development, hosting, post-launch support and digital marketing services.

Facebook Group vs Facebook Page: Which One Should You Use?


One great example of an organization using groups effectively is the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. For the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, a Facebook Group was the perfect fit to help foster a community between their event participants.

Recapping the First Salesforce Nonprofit Summit Sessions

Cloud 4 Good

Helping Families Get Affordable Childcare: Case + Program Mgmt on Salesforce (Featuring Illinois Action for Children). Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) is a catalyst for organizing, developing, and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.

10 Blogging Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the example below, the Northern Illinois Food Bank shares the story of one of their regular volunteers. This is the third post in a blog and webinar series called 101 Digital Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits , written and presented by Heather Mansfield.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Consulting is Proud to support the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy


States participating in the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy are: California Hawaii Illinois New Mexico Ohio Oklahoma West Virginia VisionLink is proud to partner with the Complete College America and believe that “We all work better by working together”. VisionLink’s unique Strategic Advantage consulting department is proud to be supporting the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy (CCA).

Podcasting as Part of the Member Journey

Joy of Membership

In celebration of passing the six month mark with my podcast, this week’s interview was with Samantha Olds Frey, CEO of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP).

Customer Story: SOS Children’s Villages Raises Over $55k Through Their Virtual Toy Drive


But sometimes a careful pivot brings more success than an old plan, and that was definitely true for SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois. SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois is an organization that is committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes for foster children.

Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving | Miratel Solutions

AFP Blog

Via Blog Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving | Miratel Solutions : "Today’s report is the ‘Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving’ and is compiled by out of Chicago, Illinois.

11 Creative Charity Fundraising Event Ideas


SOS Children’s Villages Illinois typically hold a holiday toy drive to provide gifts for the children in their villages. Since 2012, thousands of nonprofits have run campaigns on CauseVox ’s fundraising platform.

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How to Get the Most Out of Salesforce’s Nonprofit Summit

Cloud 4 Good

Join Illinois Action for Children and Cloud for Good to find out how Salesforce is impacting their Child Care Assistance Program, enhancing case management, and enriching the client and staff experience. The first-ever Salesforce Nonprofit Summit is almost a month away!

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Department Produces Complete College America’s National STEM Careers Academy


This Academy, the 13th Completion Academy produced for CCA by VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage department over the past five years, included teams from Massachusetts, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. "Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged.

Nonprofit You Should Know: Chicago Jewish Day School

Neon CRM

Their generosity extends across Illinois with their participation in PAWS Chicago , ARK , Knock Knock Give A Sock , and more. At NeonCRM, we have the opportunity to work with thousands of organizations that strive towards improving their communities.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Naples, Florida, is hosting a meetup on tools for effective email fundraising ; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is hosting a series of Giving Tuesday brainstorming sessions ; and Chicago, Illinois, will explore how your CRM can save end-of-year fundraising plans. Decatur, Illinois: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofit Software. Chicago, Illinois: Net Neutrality. Chicago, Illinois: It's Never Too Late: How Your CRM Can Save End-of-Year Fundraising.

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson , senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.

Wired Campus: After Shooting, Students Connect Through Facebook -

AFP Blog

Wired Campus: After Shooting, Students Connect Through Facebook - "After Shooting, Students Connect Through FacebookIn the wake of the shooting at Northern Illinois University, numerous groups commemorating the event have already cropped up on Facebook.On one of the largest groups, “Pray for Northern Illinois University Students and Families,” hundreds of students from different

Nonprofit Audit 101

The NonProfit Times

Nonprofit Audit 101: A Guide to The Fundamentals and More is a quick guide for nonprofit finance leaders and executive leaders, providing key fundamentals and know-how, first class best practices, and insight into how to optimize the nonprofit audit process at your organization.

7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Check out: Tahirih Justice Center , Northern Illinois Foodbank , or The Homer Fund for some ideas. . By Melissa Russom , a communications strategist who helps nonprofit organizations clarify their brand and message to engage more meaningfully with the people who matter most to them. We trust people more than we trust companies. It’s that simple. .

Chicago-Area Nonprofits: 2010 Technology Leadership Award Applications Due January 29

Tech Soup Blog

2006 - Illinois Legal Aid : Launched a new website, , which delivers comprehensive legal information, self help resources, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services for Illinois residents who cannot afford an attorney. Lumity , a nonprofit organization serving the Chicago region for 25 years, "helps charitable organizations to more effectively fulfill their missions through technology, financial support services, and training."

Learn with iMIS and TopClass LMS at the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to be an official strategic partner of the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference , hosted by NiUG International , April 4-6, in Rosemont, Illinois. Get the convenience and value of that experience by attending the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference, April 4-6, in Rosemont, Illinois. There’s no better way to make purchasing decisions for your association than to learn about the product first-hand and talk face-to-face with a knowledgeable supplier.

The impact of COVID-19 on civil society, part two


In Illinois , organizations reported feeling the pinch from changes in fundraising strategy and inconsistent federal and private relief. In July 2020, Candid published a blog post examining the many surveys inquiring about social sector organizations’ needs in light of COVID-19.

TAACCCT Grantee Focus Group / Reception


We really appreciate the input from community college leaders from Ohio, Alabama, and Illinois--and we look forward to implementing their suggestions. On behalf of TAConnecT, VisionLink''s Lois Ann Porter conducted a focus group at the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) Convention: Igniting Innovation , and hosted a well attended networking reception.

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Jimmy Fencing

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm between speaking four times in Illinois on Friday (will blog about that soon) and heading to Washington DC today (Sunday) for three days of meetings around Bookshare and social entrepreneurship. My wife Virginia and I were able to squeeze in a quick trip to Boston to see our son Jimmy fence in the Intercollegiate Fencing Championships, his last fencing tournament in college.

Competitor Accuses Cancer Charity of Not Playing Fair in Pepsi Philanthropy Contest - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Competitor Accuses Cancer Charity of Not Playing Fair in Pepsi Philanthropy Contest - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation's recent involvement in the Pepsi Refresh Contest has drawn criticism from supporters of an Illinois elementary school who claim Kanzius gathered votes in a way that

GoFundme Charity Shutdown: Find Your GoFundMe Charity Alternative


The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Recuits More Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers With CauseVox. Have you heard the news? GoFundMe Charity is shutting down on September 30, 2021.

How To Recruit Sponsors For Your Virtual Fundraising Event


SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois had each of their sponsors create team pages. During the coronavirus pandemic, many nonprofits have needed to navigate their in-person fundraising events to the virtual space.

Cell Phone Data Cleaning – It's Easy

Tech Soup Blog

This week I had the chance to attend the Electronics & Sustainability: Design for Energy and the Environment Symposium at the University of Illinois. It was a good opportunity to get several perspectives from university researchers and industry experts on green IT and electronics recycling and reuse. One presentation I really liked was from Chuck Newman, the founder and chairman of ReCellular , which is the largest U.S. mobile phone collector and aggregator.

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NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Chicago, Illinois: Justice Data Lab: Unlocking Government Administrative Data. Chicago, Illinois: Knowledge Mapping for Greater Social Good. Chicago, Illinois: Is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit? Chicago, Illinois: Getting Started Measuring Your Impact When There's No Way You'll Do an RCT. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community.

How can nonprofits implement a strategic public policy agenda to achieve greater impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

Since earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with a minor in Integrative Biology) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carlson has worked at a diverse range of nonprofits. Illustration by Yuxin Qin.

The 20 Most Popular sgENGAGE Articles Published in 2020

Connection Cafe

10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Adam Ruble, Illinois State University. 2020 has been quite the year, to say the very least.

Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

Tech Soup Blog

Decatur, Illinois: Storytelling, Planning, and Scheduling Content for Your Nonprofit #Storymakers2017. Chicago, Illinois: Making Tech Accessible to Nonprofits. Decatur, Illinois: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofit Software. Chicago, Illinois: Net Neutrality. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches September 5.

Cause Marketing: 5 Tips for Creating a Winning Partnership

Neon CRM

Six states—Alabama, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina—require the for-profit partner to apply for a co-venture license. People want to support the good work you’re doing. You just need to get out there and engage them with your mission.

Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog

AFP Blog

Peter Wylie and I are each just back home, having presented at the fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA-IL), hosted at Loyola University Chicago. Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog : "People trying to learn how to do predictive modelling on the job often need only one thing to get them to the next stage: Some reassurance that what they are doing is valid.

5 Hybrid Event Ideas for Youth Organizations


Instead, consider this: Northern Illinois Food Bank’s hybrid 5K/10K fundraiser raised more than $189,000! Youth organizations like yours don’t just help kids live happier, healthier childhoods—you prepare them for the future! The work you do is invaluable to generations of people.

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16NTC Session Submissions Now Open


It's that time again to start the process of gathering session proposals from the NTEN Community to help inform the program for the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC) in San Jose, California on March 23-25. So whether you have a few sessions you would like to present or some great ideas to suggest for community voting and have others present, we want to hear from you! Submissions will be accepted May 18 - June 26, 2015. >>

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Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Chicago, Illinois: "Not a Scientist" with Dave Levitan. Chicago, Illinois: Engaging Your Donors for Lifelong Giving. Arlington Heights, Illinois: Volunteer Fair — Registration for Nonprofits. Technology helps nonprofits deliver on our missions more effectively, but it can also be fiendishly complicated. Sometimes the best way to get started with a new tool is to have a guide sitting next to you giving directions.

QuickBooks Keeps Kantorei Singing

Tech Soup Blog

Located in northern Illinois, this nonsectarian organization welcomes participants from all walks of life regardless of background, creed, socioeconomic status, or prior skill. Though Kantorei serves a large number of boys in the northern Illinois area, the nonprofit's staff is quite small. Kantorei: The Singing Boys of Rockford, IL is a musical education nonprofit serving boys between the ages of 6 to 18.

23 Top Virtual Fundraising Ideas


SOS Children’s Villages Illinois normally holds a toy drive during the winter months but this year they chose to create a campaign to raise money so the organization itself could safely purchase and distribute items.

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