Grantmaker Programs

Oct
23

Forefront, in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Illinois State University, is hosting a Learning Summit about the principles and practices of nonprofit collaborations and strategic restructuring.

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Oct
25

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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Oct
26

This program has reached capacity and registration is now closed. To be placed on a waiting list, please send an email to registration@myforefront.org.

 

Back by popular demand, this workshop will help nonprofits that receive government grants understand and determine their indirect costs.

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Nov
1

Members of the Family Philanthropy Member Network will gather for dinner and conversation around topics relevant to family foundations.

Senior Staff and board members of family foundations are welcome to attend.

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Nov
7

This workshop will help you understand and plan your talent strategy, walk through the different types of employees nonprofits recruit and retain, determine compensation and benefit strategies, and determine when to hire independent contractors.

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Nov
8

Communication is a key element to ensure that the full value of the corporate philanthropy work you do is recognized. Join us for this webinar, hosted by CMF in partnership with the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (AACP), to explore the ins and outs of communication, how to craft effective messaging and share the great corporate philanthropy work that you do through various channels.

This program is part of the 2018 Corporate Giving Webinar Series presented by Indiana Philanthropy AllianceForefrontCouncil of Michigan Foundations, and Philanthropy Ohio. The series is designed for staff involved with corporate foundations, advised funds at a community foundation, or giving programs; but grantmakers of all types are invited to attend.

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Nov
8

Jenny Nagaoka and Alex Seeskin will present the key findings from the newly released Consortium and To&Through Project report, “Hidden Risk: The Decline in Course Performance in the Transition to High School.”

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Nov
13

Bring your marketing materials and your ideas, and leave with a plan of attack to disperse high-interest messages about your nonprofit efficiently and effectively. In this workshop you'll get resources to design better flyers, and blog and social media content. You'll leave with a 3-month messaging plan and the tools to make it work.

Click here for our cancellation policy. 

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Nov
15

Design Thinking for Consultants & Nonprofits | Experience how this user-centered process helps organizations improve their impact.

You may have heard of design thinking as a process used in the corporate world. So, how is that applicable to the nonprofit sector, and why should both consultants and nonprofits embrace this way of thinking?

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Nov
16

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

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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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Dec
4

Please Save The Date for the upcoming program, hosted by the Forefront Grantmaker Finance Roundtable, co-chaired by Lisa Derezinski, Director of Administration with the Community Memorial Foundation and Pamela Calvert, Director of Finance & Operations with the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.

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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
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
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
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

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

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Jan
10

From people to processes, this workshop will provide tools to evaluate the effectiveness of your organization by reviewing a combination of your culture, people, and strategic goals.

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