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Forefront Membership provides you with many benefits to help you do your best work and maximize your impact.

When you become a Forefront Member, you receive quality professional development and skills training, the latest research, access to valuable networks, and so much more. And, you become part of a powerful movement of over 1,100 grantmakers, nonprofits, advisors, social entrepreneurs, and allies — all working together to help create a civil society and thriving economy across the state of Illinois.

For more information about joining as a Grantmaking Member: Contact Dawn Melchiorre, Chief Program and Policy Officer at or 312-327-8930.

For information about joining Forefront as a Nonprofit, Advisor, or B-Corps Member: Contact Suzy Lee, Director, Strategic Initiatives at or 312-327-8914.

Membership Benefits


  • Up to 40% discount on all classes in individual giving, evaluation, proposal writing, advocacy, and more.
  • Up to 40% discount on the annual Grantmakers Institute for new and experienced funders.
  • Access to Forefront's on-demand library of recorded webinars. Catch up on trends in Grantwriting + Prospect Research, Digital Fundraising, Volunteer Management, Communications, Marketing + Digital Strategy, Human Resources, and more. Webinars are available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.



  • Advocacy on issues that directly affect you and your stakeholders.
  • Individual consulting on techniques and strategy.
  • Latest news on state and federal legislation and policies that impact the sector.



  • Prospect research support from the Library. Learn about the services the Library offers for Forefront Members here.
  • Remote access to major national sector and business publications through EBSCO, like Havard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and more.
  • Access to vetted information about emerging trends, ideas, and best practices through our LibGuides and reference services.
  • Grantmakers: get access to Foundation Maps Regional -  highly interactive maps that display a wide range of grants data that you can use to help inform your grantmaking.



  • Opportunities to collaborate with others — state-wide and cross-sector — on key strategic initiatives.
  • Opportunities to participate in Member Networks on specific issue areas.
  • Facilitation and administrative support for Member Network activities.
  • Exclusive invitations to meet with thought leaders, innovators, and others in and out of the sector.
  • Exposure for your organization.




These services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Project management for collective action around specific Member issues.