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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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Upcoming Programs


This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Forefront Library’s databases, print collection, and online research guides, as well as a deeper look at our available databases for researching individual donors.


Please join your colleagues for an all Member Network Co-Chair meeting and Reception.


Please join your education colleagues for the following Education Group planning session to hear brief presentations of the work of each of the subgroups with time for feedback and thoughts for the future programming for the coming year.


Forefront and LEAP Innovations invite Forefront’s grantmaking members to a Funders Meet and Greet with Charles Best, CEO, and Founder of DonorsChoose.org. This is a special opportunity to hear from and talk with Charles about his vision to equitably support teachers and students through crowdfunding, one classroom at a time. Charles and DonorsChoose.org have revolutionized philanthropy for education, creatively building unique partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.


Join your colleagues to set the Partners Addressing Poverty Member Networks agenda for the coming year.


Join Make It Better Media Founder Susan B. Noyes to learn the strategies and use free online tools to improve your organization's communications.