Upcoming Programs

Nov
16

At this meeting, we will explore collective efforts to expand apprenticeships.

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Nov
27

This training will cover processes and policies that establish criteria for potential members, with a focus on connectedness and commitment. 

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Nov
29

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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Nov
29

Join us for this session and learn how to make meeting work for you. Hold meetings that result in new ideas, consensus, and action. Improve your facilitation skills, learn how to engage all participants, and implement meetings that accomplish objectives and leave participants energized.

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Dec
4

Tax year 2018 was a busy year for exempt organizations, especially community and private foundations. We will take a look back at what happened during 2018 by discussing relevant rulings and current events but also think forward into 2019 by focusing on the key risk areas and concerns of foundations.

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Dec
5

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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Dec
5

This program has been cancelled.

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Dec
5

In an effort to build relationships with philanthropic partners, HUD and Forefront will host a Philanthropic Roundtable discussion to discuss collective efforts on mutual priorities and to get a better sense of how philanthropy in the region is supporting topics related to the EnVision Center initiative.

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Dec
7

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR Act) includes transitional math courses as a way to reduce the need for remediation.  Jon Furr, Executive Director of Education Systems Center at NIU, and Kathleen Almy, Illinois Director for Transitional Math, will provide a brief overview of transitional math courses.

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Dec
10

With experts on IT, finance, real estate, and long-term partnerships, this panel will help you think through options to better manage your organization’s operations.

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Dec
11

The session will feature processes for collecting stories from clients and constituents, the importance of visual imagery, how to incorporate stories into your brand, and deciding what media to use to tell your stories.

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Dec
12

During this workshop, we’ll get honest about how to avoid the painful, awkward, and often costly mistakes that come from pretending you and your staff will never leave.

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Dec
12

The people who make up our organizations are our most precious resource. Learn to support and manage them like the valuable humans they are. This four-part series.

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Dec
12

Join the IL Count Me In 2020 coalition webinar on Wednesday, 12/12 to hear from Steven Choi, the Executive Director of The New York Immigration Coalition, as he speaks about NY Counts—their Census 2020 work. NY Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials.

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Dec
12

This workshop will dive into the practices needed to integrate the new board member in engaged board service. We’ll go beyond a binder of policies and procedures or a brief introduction of the other board members at the first meeting.

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Dec
13

In this intermediate session for grantmakers, we’ll explore current practices and methodologies for evaluating impact, particularly in complex systems that defy attempts at easy measurement.

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Dec
13

This workshop will focus on federal and state laws and guidelines regarding payroll, equal employment opportunity, discrimination, harassment, and other professional guidelines in the workplace.

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Dec
13

Managing an individual’s interest is vital in deciding where and whom to give. That gets complicated for family foundations who are managing multiple perspectives that may or may not align with the original vision for their foundations giving. The program will discuss how to navigate and engage a philanthropic family with many divergent interests while effectively blending personal and family giving.

Join colleagues from across the Midwest and beyond for four webinars designed for staff and/or trustees affiliated with non- or small-staffed family foundations eager to find new ways of thinking smarter and performing better when it comes to their grantmaking.

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Jan
9

This two-day series will introduce you to the power of Appreciative Inquiry to help enhance your leadership skills, turn significant change opportunities into “something that’s intrinsically motivating." The skills you will learn are vital to help an organization excel, innovate, and embrace change with creative confidence.

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Jan
9

Join your fellow ACN members and guests and partake in an evening of networking and fun! 

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