Upcoming Programs

Dec
4

Please Save The Date for the upcoming program, hosted by the Forefront Grantmaker Finance Roundtable, co-chaired by Lisa Derezinski, Director of Administration with the Community Memorial Foundation and Pamela Calvert, Director of Finance & Operations with the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.

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Dec
5

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.

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Dec
7

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR Act) includes transitional math courses as a way to reduce the need for remediation.  Jon Furr, Executive Director of Education Systems Center at NIU, and Kathleen Almy, Illinois Director for Transitional Math, will provide a brief overview of transitional math courses.

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Dec
11

The session will feature processes for collecting stories from clients and constituents, the importance of visual imagery, how to incorporate stories into your brand, and deciding what media to use to tell your stories.

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Dec
12

During this workshop, we’ll get honest about how to avoid the painful, awkward, and often costly mistakes that come from pretending you and your staff will never leave.

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Dec
12

The people who make up our organizations are our most precious resource. Learn to support and manage them like the valuable humans they are. This four-part series.

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Dec
13

In this intermediate session for grantmakers, we’ll explore current practices and methodologies for evaluating impact, particularly in complex systems that defy attempts at easy measurement.

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Dec
13

This workshop will focus on federal and state laws and guidelines regarding payroll, equal employment opportunity, discrimination, harassment, and other professional guidelines in the workplace.

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Dec
13

Managing an individual’s interest is vital in deciding where and whom to give. That gets complicated for family foundations who are managing multiple perspectives that may or may not align with the original vision for their foundations giving. The program will discuss how to navigate and engage a philanthropic family with many divergent interests while effectively blending personal and family giving.

Join colleagues from across the Midwest and beyond for four webinars designed for staff and/or trustees affiliated with non- or small-staffed family foundations eager to find new ways of thinking smarter and performing better when it comes to their grantmaking.

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Jan
9

Join your fellow ACN members and guests and partake in an evening of networking and fun! 

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Jan
10

From people to processes, this workshop will provide tools to evaluate the effectiveness of your organization by reviewing a combination of your culture, people, and strategic goals.

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Jan
15

This webinar will introduce the theory of change framework and provide a guide to developing your own clear and thoughtful articulation about the change you seek to make in the world.

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Jan
16

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 the Foundation Center's database, Foundation Directory Online. Laptops are welcome and encouraged for hands-on experience.

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Jan
17

In this session just for grantmakers, we will discuss approaches to leveraging the right kinds of grants at the right times to create platforms for increasing grantee capacity to deliver well on mission and strategy.

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Jan
23

Join us for an interactive online training on how to live a more balanced life in a digital world.

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Jan
24

This course is designed to train volunteer managers on the basics of starting or restarting a well-structured volunteer program. Participants will gain the skills and tools to develop a plan to create and maintain your volunteer programs.

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Jan
24

This three-part series is offered in partnership with Chicago Cares.

Registering for all three workshops in this series will get registrants a 20% discount off the single-workshop price ($384 non-members / $228 members). To register for an individual workshop, click on the title below.

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Jan
25

In this thought - and action - provoking session, we will challenge ourselves to consider the role of nonprofit organizations as vehicles for social change and as means to address structural oppression.

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Jan
30

Join us to improve your recruiting, interviewing, and hiring skills, and receive tools that will help you develop policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with the ever-shifting hiring landscape.

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Jan
31

This workshop will provide the tools you need to better understand your organization’s current financial health and trends over time, and how this information compares to industry benchmarks in the nonprofit sector.

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