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Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the opportunity to speak truth to power and to leave the field that she so loves with several calls for action.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

To Protect Their Missions, Nonprofits Must Actively Engage Legislators

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.11.2014 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

The state of Illinois took a big step toward resolving its dire financial position last week when the state assembly passed legislation to reform Illinois' public pension system. The bill aims to cut $160 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.

Legislators Need to Get the Message That Government Shutdowns Hurt Nonprofits

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 12.21.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

We've read a lot about the pain the shutdown has inflicted on federal workers and contractors, but many nonprofits across the state of Illinois and the country have also been severely and negatively impacted by the shutdown.

How Nonprofits and Government Can Work Together To Tackle Illinois Challenges

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

Nonprofit organizations are a vital resource in Illinois, providing critical services to people across the state. But Illinois is the worst state in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it comes to overdue bills to nonprofits.

It's Time for Real Talk About Real Nonprofit Overhead Costs

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Instead of "do more with less," we ought to be asking -- and providing -- what nonprofits need in order to be successful. The balance sheet doesn't begin to tell the whole story.

Why Illinois Nonprofits Should Care About IRS' Treatment of Tea Party

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

Nonprofits are rightly concerned that the partisan coverage of this issue will confuse the public and leave the wrong impression that charitable organizations are engaging in political activity. We can't allow these impressions to stand.