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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.


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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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Upcoming Programs


With experts on IT, finance, real estate, and long-term partnerships, this panel will help you think through options to better manage your organization’s operations.


The session will feature processes for collecting stories from clients and constituents, the importance of visual imagery, how to incorporate stories into your brand, and deciding what media to use to tell your stories.


This program has been cancelled.

During this workshop, we’ll get honest about how to avoid the painful, awkward, and often costly mistakes that come from pretending you and your staff will never leave.


Join the IL Count Me In 2020 coalition webinar on Wednesday, 12/12 to hear from Steven Choi, the Executive Director of The New York Immigration Coalition, as he speaks about NY Counts—their Census 2020 work. NY Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials.


This workshop will dive into the practices needed to integrate the new board member in engaged board service. We’ll go beyond a binder of policies and procedures or a brief introduction of the other board members at the first meeting.


The Chicagoland Equity Network and Forefront are looking to create a space to share narratives around ongoing equity work throughout Chicago through blogs and podcasts.

If you are interested in advancing equity in the Chicago region, we invite you to learn how you can share your narratives that are working for the cause of justice.