• 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


This two-day series will introduce you to the power of Appreciative Inquiry to help enhance your leadership skills, turn significant change opportunities into “something that’s intrinsically motivating." The skills you will learn are vital to help an organization excel, innovate, and embrace change with creative confidence.


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.


Registration is now closed for this event.

In this session just for grantmakers, we will discuss approaches to leveraging the right kinds of grants at the right times to create platforms for increasing grantee capacity to deliver well on mission and strategy.


Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, in conjunction with CCAPS, is hosting its second information session on work-based learning - Boot Camps 101.


In fall 2018, the UChicago Poverty Lab launched the Chicago College Access and Success Landscape Scan to provide a comprehensive picture of how high school students across Chicago are being supported in their plans to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from college.

Registration for this event is closed.


Join us for an interactive online training on how to live a more balanced life in a digital world.