Through our Building a Stronger Illinois Initiative, we strengthen the relationship between social impact organizations and government. Every day social impact organizations (i.e., charitable 501c3 nonprofit organizations) serve the vital interests of every person in every community in Illinois and employ more than half a million people. We are a major economic engine for Illinois. Nearly 14,000 social impact organizations employ 9% of the state’s workforce and represent nearly $20 billion in combined payroll.
Yet, the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis puts all of those at risk.
In our state’s continuing efforts to resolve its chronic fiscal crisis, too many see the social impact sector as an expense to be cut — not a key sector of our economy and a partner in solving our state’s problems.
This site was created by Forefront as part of Building a Stronger Illinois: the Public Nonprofit Partnership Initiative with generous support from the Wallace Foundation. Through this initiative, we will help policymakers understand that social impact organizations are a must-have for the state’s economy and that we can be effective partners in finding real, sustainable solutions for our state’s economic future.
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