Posts Categorized: Media Mentions

The Merger Wave that Never Broke

When the economy began tanking, a buzz of merger predictions ran through the non-profit world. With resources shrinking and too many organizations competing with each other, the time seemed ripe for consolidation. But nationally that hasn’t happened, at least on the scale predicted. Many non-profits are “intrigued” by mergers, says Jean Butzen, 52, president of Mission Plus Strategy Inc., an Evanston consultancy that advises on such deals. That’s supported by data from the Boston-based Bridgespan Group, which in both November… Read more »

United Way Execs Talk Transparency

Following the lead of its parent organization, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in 2000 began requiring agencies to report outcomes data as part of their funding commitments. The organization, which distributed $43 million to 675 programs in fiscal 2008, also trains agencies in how to collect and report results. Wendy DuBoe, United Way’s chief community investment officer, and Lorrie Lynn, director of research, planning and education, tell us why measurement matters. CRAIN’S: How did outcomes reporting evolve? Did donors… Read more »

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend

LISTEN. Folk favorites NANCI GRIFFITH AND SHAWN COLVIN bring their mellow sounds to the Morton Arboretum as part of the garden’s In Tune with Trees summer concert series. The twilight show takes place on the Arboretum Concert Lawn. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$47. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, www.mortonarb.org. WALK. Take your four-legged companion on a two-mile jaunt when the third annual POOCH PARADE comes to Deerfield’s Jaycee Memorial Park. The dog walk also includes… Read more »

Multiple reports on 2-1-1 Signing

Governor Pat Quinn signed the 2-1-1 Service Act to advance the development and implementation of a health and human services help line for the people of Illinois. The bill-signing was held at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, which was instrumental in bringing this service to the state of Illinois. For full story: Watch on Rockford’s WREX TV Listen on WBEZ Radio