iBi - December 2010

Friends Saving Lives in Haiti

by Phil Luciano
Photography courtesy of Friends of the Children of Haiti

With Haiti at its greatest need, Friends of the Children of Haiti found itself suddenly paralyzed. The Peoria-based organization could not do what it does best: provide medical care for citizens of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The most deadly and destructive in the country's 206-year history had turned the already crippled country into chaos.

Publisher's Note

Underscoring the difficult economic times that continue to impact the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds alike, a recent report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy noted an 11-percent decline in donations to the nation’s 400 biggest charities—the largest drop on record.

Q&A with Major Evie Diaz

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army. With that in mind, iBi sat down with Major Evie Diaz, the new divisional commander of The Salvation Army’s Heartland Division, which serves central Illinois and eastern Iowa.

Jewel on the Prairie

by Jonathan Wright

Ask anyone who grew up in central Illinois over the last 30 years about Wildlife Prairie State Park, and they’re likely to express warm feelings about this “crown jewel of the Midwest.”

Achieving Results in the Human Service Sector

by Brigitte Grant
Children’s Home of Illinois

Where will we go from here? The nonprofit sector is at a turning point. Our nation and state continue to face a mixed economic outlook. 

Community Foundations Explained

by Mark Roberts
Community Foundation of Central Illinois

I have learned that there are three schools of thought when it comes to the general public’s perception of our organization.

Seniors Keep Up and Give Back

by Amy Chovan

Many retired individuals look for ways to stay active, whether just to alleviate boredom or to stay mentally and physically sharp.

Building Strength Through Data

by Jonathan Wright

One consistent trend in the not-for-profit world has been the emergence of tools to improve quality and prove an organization’s value and effectiveness to its donors.

Giving and Fundraising in the U.S.

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Volunteers and staff need to know the challenges—and opportunities—that your organization faces.

The Ideal Home Away from Home

by Donna Medina
OSF Home Care Services

What happens to the 85-year-old man dying of congestive heart failure, with no children close to home and an ailing wife?

Success in Triplicate

by Meg Newell
South Side Mission

In my five years at South Side Mission, I’ve seen a lot of great stories unfold.

An International Treasure Chest

by Kaylyn Kuzniar

Located on a side street off Prospect Avenue in Peoria Heights, Global Village, a not-for-profit organization, is the area’s hub for fair trade.