• Forefront is the hub for social good in Illinois. We help our members drive change by making them more effective, strategic and innovative. Join us!

  • Forefront offers affordable, accessible, comprehensive trainings that help you do more Good. Browse our course catalog. 

  • 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


Join your fellow ACN members and guests and partake in an evening of networking and fun! 


From people to processes, this workshop will provide tools to evaluate the effectiveness of your organization by reviewing a combination of your culture, people, and strategic goals.


Do you need a new/updated website for your agency? At this workshop we'll give you all of the tools you need to design your own website and spend time drafting fresh, engaging copy for your website.



This webinar will introduce the theory of change framework and provide a guide to developing your own clear and thoughtful articulation about the change you seek to make in the world.


At this meeting, we will share lessons learned and resources. Further, as we plan for summer 2019, we welcome any additional foundations that are interested in hosting an intern.

This program is open to Funders only.


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.