Upcoming Programs

Feb
12

Engagement starts at the recruiting process and is a journey that continues as boards orient, train, and evaluate their members.

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Feb
12

This series provides practical tools for making the most of one of your biggest assets: your board of directors.

This is four-part board engagement series. Registering for all four workshops in this series will get registrants a 20% discount off the single-workshop price ($515 non-members/$305 members). To register for an individual workshop, click on the title below.

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Feb
12

Explore tips and best practices to help you recruit new volunteers and empower your team to dream more, learn more, and do more. Help your volunteers help you and expand your impact without expanding your staff.

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Feb
13

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Forefront Library’s databases, print collection, and online research guides, as well as offer a deeper look at our available databases for researching individual donors.

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Feb
13

This 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 instead of externally depleting, strengths-focused instead of deficit-focused, and innovation inspired instead of fear-driven, defensive, and divisive.” This is a 2-day series and attendance is required for both sessions.

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Feb
14

This workshop on the fundamentals of evaluation in grantmaking will provide a framework for evaluating your own work, structures for good evaluation, guidelines on how to use data more effectively, and ways to fund evaluation.

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Feb
20

The Forefront Library will host an informal coffee hour for Members to learn more about Forefront's resources and to meet others in the Forefront community -- your statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and allies.

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Feb
20

Delve into the models of change leadership, influence v. authority, understanding the underlying fear of change, and eight steps to effectively implementing change in your organization.

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Feb
21

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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Feb
21

Join other ACN consultants to learn and build community as we work together to tackle sticky situations that we all face.

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Feb
22

This workshop will help participants understand and use evaluative thinking.

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Feb
28

This workshop will explore effective ways to advocate for the funding of indirect costs in grant proposals and budgets.

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Mar
6

At this workshop, we'll review real supervisory challenges related to performance improvements and terminations and discuss delicate ways of handling these touchy moments, while abiding by labor law.

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Mar
6

Registration for this event is closed.

Julia Stasch, President and CEO of MacArthur Foundation will provide her perspective and insight from her time as CEO.

This session is open to Forefront Philanthropy CEOs.

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Mar
7

Focusing on effective approaches to reading and interpreting audited financial statements and the IRS Form 990, this course will equip grantmakers to understand their grantees’ financial reality, with concepts and tools applicable to grantees across a range of mission areas and business models.

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Mar
7

The Forefront Library will host an informal coffee hour for Members to learn more about Forefront's resources and to meet others in the Forefront community -- your statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and allies.

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Mar
7

As you may recall, for the past few years Chicago Community Trust hosted a Chicago Education Stakeholder Convening. As a follow up, Americas Urban Campus, the Chicago College and Career Collaborative (C4), Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of ChicagoForefront’s College and Career Access Persistence and Success group (CCAPS), Ed Systems CenterThrive Chicago, the Partnership for College Completion and the Progressive Postsecondary Pathways Fund invite stakeholders to a jointly convened update meeting.

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Mar
12

In this workshop, we will discuss some of the structural, cultural, and emotional barriers that exist on nonprofit boards when it comes to building greater diversity among members, and we will walk through the steps to break through these barriers.

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Mar
14

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

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Mar
18

Doing what you’ve always done will get you the same results you’ve always gotten. If you’re ready to make more progress on the things you care about, join us for this two-day 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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