iBi - June 2012

Nonprofits Take on Poverty

by Stevie Sigan

Peoria’s nonprofit organizations are working hard to reduce poverty— filling an increased need for food, clothing and shelter, and providing employment and job training programs. But raising awareness must come first.

Raising Funds in a Difficult Economy

by Rich Draeger
Central Illinois Association of Fundraising Professionals

The United States has been through a difficult economic stretch the past four years. In the State of Illinois, the nonprofit world has been hit particularly hard by funding changes and decreases in government funding.

The Effective Nonprofit Board

by Eileen A. Setti
Ruby & Associates

An effective nonprofit board of directors must commit to learning, build a strong strategy and define a solid relationship with the executive director, while striving to generate resources and implement action.

Museums Are Big Business

by Toni Tripp
Lakeview Museum

Museums have long understood their educational and cultural value, but only recently have they begun to realize the economic impact on their communities.

Aligning the Mission...In Real Time

by Beth Reusch
Greater Peoria Family YMCA

Since adopting the “Real Time Strategic Planning” process, the Peoria YMCA has made timely decisions leading to continued growth and development.

We Make a Difference

by Patti Gratton
Community Workshop and Training Center

CWTC impacts the lives of hundreds of individuals with disabilities in central Illinois.

Developing Corporate Citizenship

by Mark Roberts
Community Foundation of Central Illinois

The Corporate Citizenship Consortium is among several promising new initiatives.


In The Ranks

by Stevie Sigan
Emerging trends from the Chronicle of Philanthropy's rankings of the 400 nonprofit organizations that raise the most money from private sources.