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Forefront CEO Eric Weinheimer speaking at our 2019 Annual Luncheon
Forefront CEO Eric Weinheimer speaking at our 2019 Annual Luncheon

Our Strategies

Forefront is building a vibrant social impact sector of all the people in Illinois through four key strategies: Attract Investment to the Sector, Develop Top Talent, Improve Systems and Policy, and Promote Collective Action and Strategic Partnerships. Learn more about how we achieve these strategies below.

Increase Investment to the Sector

Nonprofit organizations and public foundations need adequate funds to fulfill their missions and serve communities. Private foundations and the public sector need additional and diverse funding partners to further leverage their limited resources while scaling impact. Forefront advocates for additional private and public investments into the social impact sector and create initiatives that directly increase charitable giving and impact investing. We continue to:


Develop Top Talent

The social impact sector is tasked with solving some of the most difficult challenges facing society. The need for knowledgeable, passionate, and agile professionals is greater than ever. To meet this unprecedented demand for leading talent, Forefront offers best-in-class professional development training. Our unique curriculum continues to be affordable, accessible, inclusive, and comprehensive. Also, our Library is a leading center for research and best practices with access to specialized prospect research databases. We continue to:

Improve Systems and Policies

Strong and effective social impact organizations thrive in an environment where they are valued and supported. Forefront removes barriers, increases efficiencies, and fosters innovation to create favorable practices, processes, and policies that are critical to their work. We actively promote civic engagement on behalf of our sector and continue to diversify our stakeholders. We also continue to:

Promote Collective Action and Strategic Partnerships

Too many organizations are working in isolation without access to resources that promote collaboration, cultivate partnerships, and scale impact. Forefront is the go-to hub to help fulfill our stakeholders’ needs for strategic and collaborative partnerships plus collective impact. We continue to:


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