Past Programs

Oct
21

Get ready to rally your community by participating in this webinar designed for nonprofits that have culturally diverse donors and supporters.

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Dec
2

Join grantmaker colleagues for a conversation about the local and national landscape of education reform, including reflections and lessons learned from the 34-day “Fight for Dyett” hunger strike.

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Dec
15

Learn more about the resources available to you and meet others in our community!

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Feb
22

Forefront's Education Group will host an informational session to provide background on the role of CCAPS and discuss current initiatives.

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Apr
20

Learn to identify and qualify potential major gift donors using information your organization already has: special event attendees, volunteers, peer identification and giving histories for current donors.

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Apr
22

This workshop will include background information on Forefront and new opportunities they are offering in Central Illinois and an introduction to the mission and work of Illinois Humanities.

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Apr
26

Why is identifying and hiring diverse investment talent is the necessary and beneficial step to take?

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Apr
26

Derrick Feldmann will talk us through his new book, which aims to serve as a guide for driving change by taking advantage of the social "currency" that makes movements go viral.

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May
24

At this free orientation, you will receive an introduction to Forefront Library, prospect research, and resources that support individual donor research.

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May
25

If you’ve been wanting to launch social media for your organization and not sure where to begin, you’ll want to attend this event.

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Jun
3

Stories make a cause relatable, tangible, and touching. Moving stories tug at donors' heartstrings and motivate them to give. Crafting a compelling story isn't always easy, though, and not all stories are created equal.

Strategic storytelling can be done. Join us in Springfield to learn how to apply storytelling principles to build support for your cause.

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Jun
8

At the Luncheon, we will honor Donald A. Cooke's many contributions to both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in Chicago. He will be joined by world-renowned musician -- and friend -- Yo-Yo Ma. This event is open to everyone, regardless of Membership in Forefront.

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Jul
19

Discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion.

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Jul
19

Learn about how your Forefront membership can save you time, dollars, and frustration through a partnership with Verified Volunteers.

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Sep
13

At this free orientation, you will receive an introduction to Forefront Library, prospect research, and resources that support finding grants. Learn how to craft search queries with the assistance of our librarians.

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Oct
20

As part of our Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, Forefront is hosting a Learning Summit about the principles and practices of nonprofit collaborations and strategic restructuring.

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Dec
13

At this free orientation, you will receive an introduction to Forefront Library, prospect research, and resources that prospect research for individual donors. Learn how to craft search queries with the assistance of our librarians.

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Jan
5

In response to the election and our new administration, and at the request of our grantmaking members, Forefront will be hosting funder policy briefings related to potential policy changes that might occur under a new administration.

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Jan
19

The Social Innovation Roundtable will focus on how the B Impact Assessment can be used by nonprofits, civic institutions, foundations and other organizations to assess impact and create social good.   Be part of the conversation of how Chicago can promote effective social impact investing and social enterprises to meet our challenges.   Our panelist will include leaders in government, business, and philanthropy.

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Feb
15

Diversity is an essential factor in creating strong nonprofit organizations. Including people with disabilities in everyday activities and encouraging them to have roles similar to their peers who do not have a disability is disability inclusion. This involves more than simply encouraging people; it requires making sure that adequate policies and practices are in effect in a community or organization.

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