• Register now for our 42nd Annual Luncheon on Wed., June 8! The Luncheon will honor the McCormick Foundation's Donald A. Cooke, and feature world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma. The Luncheon is open all, regardless of Membership in Forefront. Register online here.

  • Forefront is the new name of Donors Forum as of Nov. 4, 2015. Our new name reflects our mission to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Read our press release here.

  • Forefront Member, Karam Foundation is working to build a better future for Syria. 

  • 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.

  • 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.


Get free access to prospect research and informational databases, as well as online and print resources to help you in your work. Our Librarians are ready to assist you!

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.

Support Us

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.

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 session will look at how organizations have launched international charitable giving and volunteer programs and the lessons they have learned from the experience.


This session will assemble a panel of experienced MicroEdge users who will share their advice and experience with other group members.


During this interactive briefing, leadership from the Management Association of Illinois will address many pressing employment issues that operating nonprofits are facing in light of the current Illinois budget crisis.


At this free orientation, you will receive an introduction to Forefront Library, prospect research, and resources that support finding grants.


Join Christy Joyce from A Better Chicago and Shira Saliman from the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation who will offer guidance/discussion on metrics definitions, data collection, and reporting related to the CCAPS Common Application, Diligence and Reporting Tool.


Building on the "Funding Age-Friendly Communities" program hosted by the Health Program Affinity Group at Forefront in May, 2015, this presentation will explore in depth two components of healthy aging: Age-Friendly Communities and Palliative Care.