Upcoming Programs

Mar
22

Is risk a dirty word at your nonprofit? Do you actively look for threats and opportunities as a routine part of your daily operations? In today’s environment, risk management is critical.

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Mar
23

Foundations invest a great deal of thought and effort into maximizing the impact of our grants – but are there ways we can use our non-grantmaking funds to amplify that impact through our banking relationships, our investment holdings, and making program-related investments?

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Mar
28

Design thinking taps into capacities we all have but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. Not only does it focus on creating products and services that are human centered, but the process itself is also deeply human. Design thinking relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that have emotional meaning as well as being functional, and to express ourselves in media other than words or symbols. Nobody wants to run an organization on feeling, intuition, and inspiration, but an over-reliance on the rational and the analytical can be just as risky. Design thinking, the integrated approach at the core of the design process, provides a third way.

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Mar
29

In this workshop, we’ll replace that notion with a set of practical skills to truly engage donors, advocates, volunteers, and clients.

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Apr
4

In this workshop, we'll provide a primer on nonprofit finance and accounting and interpreting financial statements. Additionally, we'll provide key strategies to ensure your organization remains financially solvent, has a sustainable business model, and more.  

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Apr
5

In this workshop, we'll provide a primer on nonprofit finance and accounting and interpreting financial statements. Additionally, we'll provide key strategies to ensure your organization remains financially solvent, has a sustainable business model, and more. 

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Apr
5

This session will serve as a continuation of Volunteer Management 101 and dig a little deeper into determining your return on investment, statistics, coaching, and using online tools to track volunteer involvement.

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Apr
6

Forefront’s Social Innovation Roundtable invites you to a very timely and interesting discussion about the critical role of innovation to address social problems in the city of Chicago.  We will be joined by Michelle Cohen, Director, Innovation & Acceleration, CME Group Center for Innovation.

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Apr
10

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.

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Apr
10

In this 60-minute webinar, which is offered in partnership with Washington Nonprofits you'll learn how to identify and inoculate your organizations against the very real and persistent security threats that are out there.

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Apr
11

This session will introduce the theory of change framework.

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Apr
11

This two-part workshop focuses on effective strategies for communicating to the public as well as internally within an organization.

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Apr
13

In this high-level session, we’ll move beyond reading financial statements to examine strategies for assessing grantee financial health and working appropriately with applicants to address red flags.

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Apr
17

This program will help attendees develop strategies to distinguish their organization's grant proposals from other applicants.

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Apr
18

This workshop series is designed for teams of two to four colleagues from across different areas of your organization – in fundraising, finance, administration, and program – and will break down the parts of the proposal, each person’s role in creating it, and how to collaborate as a team in order to secure grants.

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Apr
19

This introductory workshop will provide participants with a general understanding of the barriers to data use by nonprofits and the opportunities for data use by grantmakers.

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Apr
19

In this workshop participants will learn the nuts and bolts to creating a strategic plan.

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Apr
19

Healthy communities create and support healthy workers. Join us for this program, which identifies how companies are providing much more than healthy snacks to increase their employee’s health.

This program is part of the 2018 Corporate Giving Webinar Series presented by Indiana Philanthropy AllianceForefrontCouncil of Michigan Foundations, and Philanthropy Ohio. The series is designed for staff involved with corporate foundations, advised funds at a community foundation, or giving programs; but grantmakers of all types are invited to attend.

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Apr
24

This introductory-level session will help you build the foundation of an evaluation plan that fits your organization.

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Apr
25

The Forefront Library will host an informal coffee hour for new Members to learn more about Forefront's resources and to meet others in the Forefront community.

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