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

  • 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.

  • Nonprofits and funders, you can still get involved in #ILGive! Our goal is to help Illinois nonprofits raise $6 million -- in just one day. Visit the #ILGive website to read all about it!

  • "Chicken Boy on Rooster Bike" is from West Town Bikes, a Member since 2010. They promote bicycling in Chicago and educate youth with a focus on under-served populations.

  • The Children's Clinic, a Member since 2010, provides medical, dental, and social services to children whose families can't afford private health care.

  • 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.

  • Breakthrough, which first became a Member in 1999, partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills. and open doors of opportunity.


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 in June 21, 2016 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


Experts from National Louis University and Governors State University will discuss their approaches toward student success.


At this program, learn how to be an informed consumer of research and evaluation making causal claims.


Join grantmaker colleagues for a conversation about the local and national landscape of education reform, including reflections and lessons learned from the 34-day “Fight for Dyett” hunger strike.


This session will provide a demonstration of GIFTS Online, and steps to consider before transitioning to this grants management program.


CME Group Foundation and the Education's Funders Group invite you to a Luncheon and Program featuring Forrest Claypool, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools, and Janice Jackson, Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools.


Join the Environmental Grantmakers Group in showcasing market-based approaches in practice through unique cases for Illinois.