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  • 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.


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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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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


At this meeting, we will explore collective efforts to expand apprenticeships.

Registration for this event has closed. 


This training will cover processes and policies that establish criteria for potential members, with a focus on connectedness and commitment. 


In this workshop for grantmakers, we will introduce the concept of financial resilience for nonprofits, define the key values and practices characteristic to financially resilient organizations, and explore how you can support your grantees in achieving greater financial resilience.


Join us for this session and learn how to make meeting work for you. Hold meetings that result in new ideas, consensus, and action. Improve your facilitation skills, learn how to engage all participants, and implement meetings that accomplish objectives and leave participants energized.


Tax year 2018 was a busy year for exempt organizations, especially community and private foundations. We will take a look back at what happened during 2018 by discussing relevant rulings and current events but also think forward into 2019 by focusing on the key risk areas and concerns of foundations.


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.