• Save the date of Wed., June 8 for our 42nd Annual Luncheon, honoring the McCormick Foundation's Donald A. Cooke and featuring world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma. The Luncheon is open to all, regardless of Membership in Forefront.

  • Forefront is the new name of Donors Forum as of Nov. 4, 2016. Our new name reflects our mission to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Read our press release here.

  • Breakthrough, which first became a Member in 1999, partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills. and open doors of opportunity.

  • Lyric Opera's Residencies in the Schools is funded in part by The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Lyric first became a Member in 1988; Fry has been a Member since its founding in 1983.

  • "Chicken Boy on Rooster Bike" is from West Town Bikes, a Member since 2010. They promote bicycling in Chicago and educate youth with a focus on under-served populations.

  • The Children's Clinic, a Member since 2010, provides medical, dental, and social services to children whose families can't afford private health care.

  • The Night Ministry, a Member since 1992, works on the ground to provide housing, healthcare, and human connection to adults, teens, and pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.


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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 join us as a Sponsor of our 42nd Annual Luncheon and highlight your dedication to building a vibrant social impact sector in Illinois.

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Upcoming Programs


This workshop outlines the top techniques, strategies, and skills for turning prospects into donors.


This conversation will guide CSR professionals on how to effectively partner with nonprofit organizations.


Want to build a more diverse board? Learn the steps you can take now to do so.


We will hear from leaders of various education initiatives about areas of focus and planned activities in 2016.


It's the dead of winter, so let’s have some fun and make some new connections!


Join grantmaker colleagues to hear an overview of the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan, and the process behind it.