Upcoming Programs

Feb
22

The Forefront Library will host an informal coffee hour for new Members to learn more about Forefront's resources and to meet others in the Forefront community.

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Feb
22

Learn how to inspire, encourage, and accept gifts from donors’ estates.

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Feb
23

In this highly participatory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the elements of a high-performance board of directors, identify the key elements in their own boards that will make a difference in the board’s culture and performance, and draft an action plan.

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Feb
23

This program has been cancelled.

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Feb
26

Creating the Envious Board outlines the secrets of highly effective boards—those boards that everyone in the community is envious of and wants to have for their very own! 

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Mar
1

This introductory workshop prepares participants to successfully develop, write, and submit grant proposals to foundations and corporations.

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Mar
1

Join Forefront and the Chicagoland Equity Network for a discussion about racial equity, community resilience, economic opportunity, coalition organizing, and more.  We'll examine opportunities on our collective horizon for advancing an equity agenda.

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Mar
5

Once you have a basic understanding of the lobbying fundamentals for 501(c)s, you may have additional questions. This intermediate-level training will explore more advanced concepts for 501(c)(3) organizations, such as how to report lobbying to the IRS, maximize annual lobbying limit by taking advantage of special rules and exceptions, utilize social media for advocacy, and track your lobbying time and expenses so that your 501(c)(3) organization stays within its lobbying limits.

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Mar
7

This session will provide an understanding of the key elements of nonprofit financial sustainability and how best to integrate financial analysis with your grantmaking practice.

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Mar
7

The right fundraising event idea can generate major revenue for your mission, but how do you begin organizing that event?

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Mar
8

Participation in the Community Youth Creative Learning Experience (CYCLE), a neighborhood youth program in Chicago's Cabrini Green Housing Development, constituted a positive and critical turning point in the lives of hundreds of youth who grew up there in the 1980s and 1990s.  'You Can't Be What You Can't See' follows up with CYCLE participants nearly 40 years later and thus provides a rare opportunity to see outcomes of a youth program over an extended period of time.

Join Greg Darnieder and Milbrey McLaughlin as they facilitate a conversation with Pat and Craig.  Milbrey McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor Emertia, Stanford University and Founding Director of the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities is the principal author of 'You Can't Be What You Can't See'. 

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Mar
8

This introductory session is designed for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers with little or no experience writing a grant proposal. 

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Mar
9

This introductory workshop outlines the techniques, strategies, and skills for turning prospects into donors.

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Mar
12

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy

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Mar
13

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 our available databases for researching individual donors.

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Mar
15

In this intermediate-level workshop, you’ll gain a greater understanding of evaluation practices that focus on process and outcome, and we’ll take a look at evaluation coaching as a tool for creating a culture of learning in your organization.

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Mar
20

Learn how to develop compelling pitches, get creative about how corporations can support your mission, and identify strategies that grow partnerships rather than transactions.

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Mar
20

This two-part workshop focuses on effective strategies for communicating to the public as well as internally within an organization.

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Mar
21

All family philanthropy is constantly evolving as  family members become engaged for the first time, others roll off boards, and overall leadership changes hands.

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Mar
22

In the first part of this two-part series, participants will explore onboarding, engaging, evaluating, and celebrating volunteers.

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