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  • Forefront engages policymakers and leading stakeholders in developing policy recommendations and solutions that build a vibrant social impact sector. Learn more. 

  •  Forefront recently launched Converge Consulting which provides affordable accounting and financial services to nonprofits and foundations. Learn more.


We connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Get free access to prospect research, informational databases, and more at Forefront's Library.

Policy + Advocacy Center

No matter your level of experience, no matter the size of your organization, we can help you connect advocacy to your organization's mission.


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We invite you to Sponsor Forefront and highlight your dedication to building a vibrant social impact sector in Illinois.


Join the Movement

Whether you are a grantmaker, nonprofit, advisor, or ally of the sector, we welcome you to our community. Join the movement to make our state a better place for everyone!

Upcoming Programs


This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Forefront Library’s databases, print collection, and online research guides, as well as a deeper look at the Foundation Center's database, Foundation Directory Online. Laptops are welcome and encouraged for hands-on experience.


Forefront's Family Philanthropy Member Network addresses challenges and opportunities relevant to family foundations.

The annual planning session is a great opportunity to share your ideas, network with colleagues, and to help keep programs relevant and valuable to your work. Any staff or board member at a grantmaking Forefront member organization is welcome to participate.


Please join us for a special event to kick-off #ILVote - Forefront’s civic engagement campaign.


A strong economy supported by a secure workforce is important. Jobs that pay livable wages and provide good benefits afford workers the disposable income to increase economic security. More often than not, we lean on Corporations to advance the cause of the livable wage through their social responsibility and improve the well-being of American workers. The program will discuss successful livable wage strategies used by corporations and provide ways to increase the value of jobs while strengthening the business.

This program is part of the 2018 Corporate Giving Webinar Series presented by Indiana Philanthropy AllianceForefrontCouncil of Michigan Foundations, and Philanthropy Ohio. The series is designed for staff involved with corporate foundations, advised funds at a community foundation, or giving programs; but grantmakers of all types are invited to attend.


Ingenuity’s Nicole Upton will present on the Standards of Practice component of the Quality Initiative.


The upcoming 2020 Census is facing many challenges which threaten a fair and accurate count; if our communities are undercounted, we are missing out on federal dollars to our programs and representation in Congress.

Find out what we can do to ensure our community is COUNTED.