• Our 42nd Annual Luncheon will take place Wed., June 8! The Luncheon will honor the McCormick Foundation's Donald A. Cooke, and feature world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma. Find out more.

  • 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.


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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 join us as a Sponsor of our 42nd Annual Luncheon and highlight your dedication to building a vibrant social impact sector in Illinois.

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Upcoming Programs


This full-day introductory workshop focuses on positioning your organization to prepare, write, and submit successful proposals to foundations and corporations.


This informational session will examine efforts to advance the Partnership for College Completion.


Stories make a cause relatable, tangible, and touching. Moving stories tug at donors' heartstrings and motivate them to give. Crafting a compelling story isn't always easy, though, and not all stories are created equal.

Strategic storytelling can be done. Join us in Springfield to learn how to apply storytelling principles to build support for your cause.


The Gorter Family Foundation hosts a briefing for educators, organizations and business leaders to learn about the Partnership for College Completion.


At the Luncheon, we will honor Donald A. Cooke's many contributions to both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in Chicago. He will be joined by world-renowned musician -- and friend -- Yo-Yo Ma. This event is open to everyone, regardless of Membership in Forefront.


New Members, join us to learn more about your Membership Benefits, tour our library, meet our staff, hear from Forefront discount partners, and network with your nonprofit colleagues.