• 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. 

  • Mission Sustainability Initiative offers a confidential, transparent, and accessible process for organizations to consider strategic partnerships and collaborations as a tool to further their mission.

  •  Forefront recently launched Converge Consulting which provides affordable accounting and financial services to nonprofits and foundations. Learn more.

Library

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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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

Feb
23

In this highly participatory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the elements of a high-performance board of directors, identify the key elements in their own boards that will make a difference in the board’s culture and performance, and draft an action plan.

Feb
26

Creating the Envious Board outlines the secrets of highly effective boards—those boards that everyone in the community is envious of and wants to have for their very own! 

Mar
1

This introductory workshop prepares participants to successfully develop, write, and submit grant proposals to foundations and corporations.

Mar
1

Join Forefront and the Chicagoland Equity Network for a discussion about racial equity, community resilience, economic opportunity, coalition organizing, and more.  We'll examine opportunities on our collective horizon for advancing an equity agenda.

Mar
5

Once you have a basic understanding of the lobbying fundamentals for 501(c)s, you may have additional questions. This intermediate-level training will explore more advanced concepts for 501(c)(3) organizations, such as how to report lobbying to the IRS, maximize annual lobbying limit by taking advantage of special rules and exceptions, utilize social media for advocacy, and track your lobbying time and expenses so that your 501(c)(3) organization stays within its lobbying limits.