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Nonprofit Member Benefits

Forefront Membership allows nonprofits to access a range of benefits. We’ve included our most popular ones below for easy access. If you have questions about your Membership benefits, call us at 312-578-0090 or email Suzy Lee, Director of Nonprofit Strategy & Engagement at

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.

iCAT Assessment

The Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) helps nonprofits better understand their organizational capacity based on direct input from those who know the organization best – their team and key stakeholders. Learn more about how to access this free benefit for Operating Nonprofit Members here.


Discounts at The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University

Forefront Members get 20% off nonprofit workshops and webinars hosted by The Axelson Center. Learn about upcoming programs on the Axelson website. When registering for an Axelson workshop or webinar, use the field provided to indicate you are a Member of Forefront.

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

Sterling Volunteers

Sterling Volunteers is an online background check platform that uses proprietary technologies and unique criminal locators to deliver high-quality and accurate background checks. Sterling Volunteers is backed by the nation’s largest background screening company, SterlingBackcheck. There is no cost to join the platform, and we have arranged a per-check price discount for our Members. For more information, visit, or watch this webinar.

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.

Discounts to Forefront’s Best-in-class programs

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

Access to Illinois Foundation Stats

Forefront has partnered with Foundation Center to bring top-line data about the philanthropy landscape to regional foundations, nonprofits, policymakers, and media with Illinois Foundation Stats.

This public-facing interactive dashboard represents the latest available data from Illinois foundations and the IRS and offers insights into:


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