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Forefront and Members meeting with Senator Dick Durbin during Foundations on the Hill 2019.
Forefront and Members meeting with Senator Dick Durbin during Foundations on the Hill 2019.

Advocacy Center

Stay updated on policy and issues in Illinois through our Advocacy Center. From here, you’ll find information and articles on Forefront’s latest efforts to support the social impact sector through legislation and coalition-building, emerging trends and developments for nonprofits in our state, and more.

Historic State Census Appropriation is Passed!

June 5, 2019

This is a historic moment in Illinois’ history—the General Assembly appropriated a Census State appropriation for $29 Million for statewide community outreach…


IL Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative Grantees Announced

April 1, 2019

Last year, Forefront established the IL Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative to garner joint funding for Census outreach and education efforts…


Illinois Count Me In 2020 Grant Application Now Live

February 1, 2019

The IL Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative RFP In February 2019, Forefront’s IL Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative…


Forefront’s Census Advocacy Coalition Wins Important Victory

December 6, 2018

IL COUNT ME IN 2020 STATEWIDE ADVOCACY COALITION SECURES REVISION TO STATE’S CENSUS GRANT   For the first time in…


IL Count Me in 2020 Funders’ Collaborative to Release New RFP in 2019

Forefront’s IL Count Me In 2020 initiative is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity. In 2019, Illinois community-based organizations…


Forefront’s #ILVote Grantees Register Voters Across Illinois

November 15, 2018

#ILVOTE GRANTEES REGISTER OVER 2,000 VOTERS + THE WINNERS OF OUR #ILVOTE CAMPAIGN CHALLENGE Earlier this year, Forefront’s #ILVote initiative…


Guest Post: An accurate U.S. Census is not only good for business, but critical for our economy

September 26, 2018

No segment of our economy can survive – let alone thrive – without solid, up-to-date data. My own field of…


Forefront Launches Statewide Advocacy Coalition to Ensure a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census

August 29, 2018

“ILLINOIS COUNT ME IN 2020” COALITION WILL ENSURE A COMPLETE CENSUS 2020 COUNT IN ILLINOIS Nonprofits are obvious allies in…


Announcing the 2018 #ILVote Civic Engagement Grantees

July 22, 2018

Forefront is thrilled to announce the grantees of its #ILVote micro-grant, which supports voter engagement across Illinois ahead of the November…


Guest Post: Census 2020 – The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher for Illinois

July 3, 2018

By Shawn P. Healy, PhD, Democracy Program Director, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation This post was originally published on IllinoisCivics.org on July 2,…


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