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Upcoming Programs


You will leave this introductory workshop with a clear understanding of how to deploy data visualization in your work, how to turn a good visualization into a great one, and how to do it quickly, effectively, and economically.


Change is constant. As a leader, you are responsible to lead change efforts in a way that produces a positive outcome. NPO CEO's will learn various ways to deal with staff and board transitions, and understand how to separate the process from the people.


This session will provide an overview of the IWP model, its implementation in Chicagoland, and how we can leverage the employer engagement into CCAPS priorities.


This free orientation will give you a chance to see the Library, meet our Librarians and other Forefront staff, learn about your Membership benefits (including Library reference and research services), and network with your nonprofit colleagues.


Julia deBettencourt, Director of the CPS Department of Arts Education, will make a presentation on the strategic priorities she’s developed with her team for the 2018-19 school year, including new plans to support professional learning for certified arts teachers across the district as the updated Illinois Arts Standards take effect in the next school year.


Join the Forefront Environmental Grantmakers for a discussion and tour that addresses racial disparities in Environmental Grantmaking.