Our sector faces enormous challenges that continue to erode human services, from ongoing funding shortages to reduced resources. Yet the demand for human services is greater than ever. That’s why Illinois Partners advocates to protect funding and fair polices for human services so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential.
We believe in the power of a shared voice to bring to light the conversations about the important contributions of human services to the health and well-being of our communities.
Who We Are
A coalition of more than 800 human service organizations located in every county and district throughout Illinois, our partners represent fields across the sector, including education, economic opportunity, healthcare and public safety.
Formed in 2008 by the Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort, an umbrella federation of more than 20 service organizations in Chicago, Illinois Partners is the go-to resource for opinion-makers, policy leaders, civic groups, media, foundations, trade associations and key stakeholders throughout Illinois.
What We Do
We take the lead on some of the most complex issues facing the sector, such as funding, and building public support for investments and innovation in human services.
Our team provides important research, information and updates on policy, and builds capacity in the human service community across Illinois. We are changing the perception of human services by exploring innovative ways to elevate the work of the sector to help people understand how human services contributes to the vitality of our communities. See our recent research.
We garner support for: • Quality services. • Adequate funding. • Measurable results.
Why We Do It
The well-being of people who haven’t received enough support in life can be threatened when they don’t have the resources to weather life’s storms. Human service professionals design and implement services that create the sturdy foundation for well-being, maintain it over time, and repair the foundation if it breaks down.
Join the movement. Your support will help us change the conversation on human services to make it a national priority.