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Your Forefront Membership provides you with the resources and services you need to meet your mission today, and deepen your impact in the future. On this page, you will have easy access to all facets of Forefront’s support, including:

  • COVID-19 Resources and Services
  • Up to the minute policy updates and advocacy tools
  • Partnership opportunities through our Peer Skill Share, Directory of Advisors, and Member Networks

Click here to join as a Member.

Networking and Partnerships

Promotion in Forefront’s Advisor Member Directory

Forefront’s Advisor Member Directory allows anyone – Forefront Member or not – to connect with our community of advisors and find the best fit for their needs. Users can search based on advisor skillsets and experience so that when they reach out to you, the right match is already made.


Opportunity to join Forefront program faculty

In order to further share your expertise and extend your network, Forefront Advisor Members are welcome to apply to join the Forefront workshop faculty and lead one of our best-in-class trainings.  The selection of faculty members will be based on alignment with the principles outlined in the application and the evolving needs of our Members. Apply to be a faculty member here.


Peer Skill Share

Open to all Forefront Members, Peer Skill Share is your opportunity to connect with your colleagues from across the state to share your skills and learn from peers. All you’ll need to do is access our portal through the Forefront website, fill out what you can share with, or want to learn from, a peer, and our team will connect you for a one-on-one skill-sharing session.


Access to Member Networks

As part of Forefront’s statewide community of nonprofits, Members have access to our Member and Peer Networks. Networks are a great way to learn and network with colleagues. Groups sponsor lively discussions, develop educational programs, and create collaborative efforts to address relevant issues.


Discounted Dues to the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

If you join Forefront under the categories of a sole proprietor or 2-5 staff members, and either join or are a Member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, you get 20% off on dues to both organizations.

Member Resources and Research

Social Impact Sector Resources

Forefront is committed to supporting the Illinois social impact sector. View our resources page to access webinars, reports, and other assets to help you make the right choices for you and the sector at large.


Access to Forefront’s Library

Our Library provides hands-on support to Members, sharing reports, templates, articles, and tailored prospect research on foundations and individuals, grant applications, budgets, and other aspects of the grantseeking/grantmaking process. Visit the Library Homepage or email for more information.


Policy and Advocacy

Forefront is speaking daily with policymakers on local, state, and federal levels to advocate for the social impact sector and provide our community with the most up-to-date information on governmental response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continually update this page as new developments occur and resources are available. You can read more about our work and the most recent policy developments on our policy page.

To get in touch about policy response and Forefront’s plan of action, contact Holly Ambuehl, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, at

Other Benefits


Members-Only Job Board

Our Members-only job board connects you with professional opportunities throughout Illinois. Our job board shares opportunities from Forefront Member organizations and is available to the public. Organizations that are hiring and would like to have their job openings posted on must be current members of Forefront. Log in to submit a new opportunity from your organization.


Discounts to Forefront’s Best-in-class programs

Forefront Members receive more than a 75% discount on all classes in individual giving, evaluation, proposal writing, advocacy, and more. You can see all of Forefront’s upcoming programs on our calendar.


Services from Back Office Cooperative 

The Back Office Cooperative (BOC), a Chicago-based nonprofit, aims to improve nonprofit performance by increasing buying power for the nonprofit community, delivering expert expense management services, and technology services. Forefront Members receive a free BOC Office Supply/Janitorial Supply Membership for organizations with less than a $5 million operating budget and free consultation on expense management for any size Operating Nonprofit Member. BOC will provide this same service to Grantmaker Members’ grantees and Advisor Members’ clients (regardless of Member status). To find out more and set up an account, email

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