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Impact of Budget Cuts and Future of Public Services in Illinois Focus of Central Illinois Nonprofits Convening


SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following is being released by Donors Forum: Nonprofit organizations from Central Illinois that provide essential services to Illinois residents will meet to discuss the impact of budget cuts and how to ensure quality of life for all residents in What Illinois in the future.

The meeting is sponsored by Donors Forum.

When May 11 Where Hoogland Center for Arts 420 S. 6(th) St.

Springfield, Illinois 9:00 a.m. Bruce Karmazin, Executive Director, The Lumpkin Family Who Foundation Valerie S. Lies, President and CEO, Donors Forum Introductory comments 9:15 a.m. Ralph Martire, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Ralph will speak on the impact of budget cuts on Illinois residents 10:00 a.m. How Do We Come Together as a Sector? moderated by Mike Lawrence, Panel Discussion on how budget cuts are impacting the people they serve and how they are addressing those challenges -- Ra Joy, Illinois Arts Council -- Michael Jacoby, Illinois Association of School Business Officials -- Charles A. Jackson, Illinois Environmental Council --Jack Kaplan, Illinois Partners for Human Service & United Way Metropolitan Chicago -- Philippe Largent, Illinois Primary Health Care Association -- Valerie Lies, Donors Forum 12:00 noon. Mike Lawrence, former director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Keynote speech on "Transaction or Transformation: Ensuring Quality of Life in Illinois." Donors Forum is a statewide membership association that strengthens philanthropy and the nonprofit community in Illinois by providing resources --education, networking, public policy leadership, research, library services, publications, and a website ( -- for grantmakers and nonprofits. In so doing, Donors Forum increases the ability of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to meet the needs and enhance the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout Illinois.

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