Upcoming Programs

Aug
27

Please join your education colleagues for the following Education Group planning session to hear brief presentations of the work of each of the subgroups with time for feedback and thoughts for the future programming for the coming year.

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Aug
27

Forefront and LEAP Innovations invite Forefront’s grantmaking members to a Funders Meet and Greet with Charles Best, CEO, and Founder of DonorsChoose.org. This is a special opportunity to hear from and talk with Charles about his vision to equitably support teachers and students through crowdfunding, one classroom at a time. Charles and DonorsChoose.org have revolutionized philanthropy for education, creatively building unique partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.

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Aug
28

Join your colleagues to set the Partners Addressing Poverty Member Networks agenda for the coming year.

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Sep
5

Join Make It Better Media Founder Susan B. Noyes to learn the strategies and use free online tools to improve your organization's communications.

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Sep
5

In this session you will discover resources, tools and tips to marketing your services on a budget.

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Sep
6

At this session, Arts Alliance Illinois will discuss these potential “game changers" in arts education. Come to hear the latest on these key developments and examine the opportunities and challenges ahead.

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Sep
12

Join us for this series based on the principles and practices of adaptive leadership developed at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Kansas Leadership Center.

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Sep
12

State Attainment Gaps represent a loss of human capital in states. Two recent briefs by Ed Trust examines the gaps in attainment between the Black and Latino populations in states and the White adult population.

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Sep
13

In this workshop for grantmakers, we will introduce the concept of financial resilience for nonprofits, define the key values and practices characteristic to financially resilient organizations, and explore how you can support your grantees in achieving greater financial resilience.

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Sep
19

This course is designed to train volunteer managers on the basics of starting or restarting a well-structured volunteer program. Participants will gain the skills and tools to develop a plan to create and maintain your volunteer programs.

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Sep
19

This three-part series is offered in partnership with Chicago Cares.

Registering for all three workshops in this series will get registrants a 20% discount off the single-workshop price. To register for for a workshop individually, click on the title below.

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Sep
20

This session will take you through Board Source’s Nine Steps to Build a Better Board.

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Sep
25

This workshop will focus specifically on strategies for crafting donor messages and takes an “old school” approach; we’ll focus on core messaging and the impact that donors seek to understand rather than social media.

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Sep
25

At this workshop, participants will learn how to articulate, monitor, and evolve their personal brands.

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Sep
26

This free orientation will give you a chance to see the Library, meet our Librarians and other Forefront staff, learn about your Membership benefits (including Library reference and research services), and network with your nonprofit colleagues.

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Sep
26

This program will address the question of understanding governance, how to position yourself from a place of governance, learning the right questions, using parliamentary procedure to move along meeting and when to insert yourself into the discussion.

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Sep
26

At this meeting, City Colleges of Chicago will provide a brief overview of its seven colleges and update the group on new initiatives. After this overview, the bulk of the meeting will be spent answering questions from our community.

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Oct
4

This workshop will introduce the theory of change framework and provide a guide to developing your own clear and thoughtful articulation about the change you seek to make in the world.

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Oct
9

This course is designed to train volunteer managers on the basics of project design and management. Participants will gain the skills and tools to develop high quality volunteer projects that retain and cultivate volunteers.

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Oct
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. Laptops are welcome and encouraged for hands-on experience.

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