Upcoming Programs

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
15

This webinar will introduce the theory of change framework and provide a guide to developing your own clear and thoughtful articulation about the change you seek to make in the world.

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Jan
16

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 the Foundation Center's database, Foundation Directory Online. Laptops are welcome and encouraged for hands-on experience.

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Jan
24

This course is designed to train volunteer managers on the basics of starting or restarting a well-structured volunteer program. Participants will gain the skills and tools to develop a plan to create and maintain your volunteer programs.

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Jan
24

This three-part series is offered in partnership with Chicago Cares.

Registering for all three workshops in this series will get registrants a 20% discount off the single-workshop price ($384 non-members / $228 members). To register for an individual workshop, click on the title below.

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Jan
25

In this thought - and action - provoking session, we will challenge ourselves to consider the role of nonprofit organizations as vehicles for social change and as means to address structural oppression.

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Jan
30

Join us to improve your recruiting, interviewing, and hiring skills, and receive tools that will help you develop policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with the ever-shifting hiring landscape.

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Jan
31

This workshop will provide the tools you need to better understand your organization’s current financial health and trends over time, and how this information compares to industry benchmarks in the nonprofit sector.

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Jan
31

Nonprofit finance is about more than just numbers – it’s about making your strategies and priorities come to life. The following series examines the technical and strategic aspects of nonprofit finance with a focus on calculating and communicating your real costs.

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Feb
1

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

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Feb
6

Session 2: February 6, February 27, March 13, April 10, and May 2, 2019 (9:00am – Noon)

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Feb
7

This introductory-level session will help you build the foundation you need to create an evaluation plan that fits your organization.

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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
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
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
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
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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