Agency Community Resources

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Fundraising and Development

Donors Forum of Chicago: Offers professional education and training to nonprofits in fundraising, advocacy, outcome evaluation and board development.

Chicago Community Loan Fund: Provides low-cost, flexible financing to nonprofit community development organizations in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.

IFF (formerly Illinois Facilities Fund): IFF is a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) committed to strengthening nonprofits, their clients and communities through affordable financing, real estate consulting, and research and public policy.

General Resources

Educational Opportunity Center Web site: The Educational Opportunity Center assists Chicago adults seeking a college or university degree with the navigation and completion of the financial aid and admissions application process.

Feeding America: The nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization, consisting of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations.

Greater Chicago Nonprofit Gateway: Provides links to nonprofit resources, jobs, news, announcements, learning opportunities and events.

Hunger No More: A resource for congregations to teach about hunger.

Government Agencies

Economic Research Service (ERS): Produces research on nutrition assistance for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Illinois Department of Human Services: Coordinates the provision of comprehensive health and human services such as Food Stamps and Medical Assistance.

USDA Food & Nutrition Service: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: The U.S. Government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Legislative Advocacy

City of Chicago Government: Find information about the Mayor, City Council, and city departments. Identify and contact elected officials in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures.

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC): A national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger in the United States.

Illinois General Assembly: Contains legislation proposed in the Illinois General Assembly and contact information for Illinois State legislators.

Marketing & Communications

Chicago Access Network Television: Provides Chicago nonprofits with video training, equipment, facilities and channel capacity.

Community Media Workshop: Trains nonprofit groups to use the media more effectively.


Nutrition.Gov: A vast nutrition portal that leads to information on food assistance and safety, lifecycle issues, health management, and research.

Technology Resources

Lumity: Offers help with planning and staff training in the use of computerized operating systems and software, and provides financial and accounting advisory services and training.

Running Your Organization

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services: Provides free legal services to community groups.

Community Economic Development Law Project: Launched in 1985 to respond to an unmet need in the delivery of legal services.

CPAs for the Public Interest: Volunteers help nonprofits improve fiscal management practices.

Turnaround Management Association: Offers nonprofits experiencing serious financial or operational problems turnaround consulting and other necessary services at no charge.

Volunteer Recruitment

Chicago Cares: Provides opportunities for individuals and businesses to improve the Chicago community through structured group volunteer programs designed to address Chicago's most pressing needs.

One Brick: Brings volunteers together to support other local non-profit organizations.

Women on Call: Chicago’s first online network that matches area women who are committed to sharing their professional skills and expertise with non-profit organizations that have specific and immediate volunteer needs.

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