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Advisor Member Benefits

Forefront Membership is open to any organization or individual that has a practice consulting for nonprofit organizations or who regularly engages in advising individuals, foundations, trusts, or corporate giving programs about their philanthropic goals and vehicles. Membership allows Advisors to access a range of benefits, including our most popular ones listed below for easy access. If you have questions about your Membership benefits, call us at 312-578-0090 or email Lisa May Simpson, Vice President, Strategy & Engagement at

Discounted Dues to the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

If you join Forefront under the categories of sole proprietor or 2-5 staff members, and either join or are a Member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, you get 20% off on dues to both organizations.

Access to Forefront’s Knowledge Center & Library

In our Knowledge Center, you’ll find reports, templates, articles, our webinars, and research support from our Library team. Our librarians assist Members with a variety of research. Common requests include prospect research on foundations and individuals, samples and templates of requests for proposals, grant applications, budgets, and other aspects of the grantseeking/grantmaking process, salary surveys and job descriptions, and general research on philanthropic and nonprofit topics. Visit the Library Homepage or email for more information.

Services from Back Office Cooperative 

The Back Office Cooperative (BOC), a Chicago-based nonprofit, aims to improve nonprofit performance by increasing buying power for the nonprofit community, delivering expert expense management services, and technology services. Forefront Members receive a free BOC Office Supply/Janitorial Supply Membership for organizations with less than a $5 million operating budget and free consultation on expense management for any size Operating Nonprofit Member. BOC will provide this same service to Grantmaker Members’ grantees and Advisor Members’ clients (regardless of Member status). To find out more and set up an account, email

Discounts to Forefront’s Best-in-class programs

Forefront Members receive more than a 75% discount on all classes in individual giving, evaluation, proposal writing, advocacy, and more. You can see all of Forefront’s upcoming programs on our calendar.

Access to Member Networks

As part of Forefront’s statewide community of nonprofits, Members have access to our Member and Peer Networks. Networks are a great way to learn and network with colleagues. Groups sponsor lively discussions, develop educational programs, and create collaborative efforts to address relevant issues.


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