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
This month, Forefront’s Peer Skill Share will make its reintroduction to the Illinois social impact sector! 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. Keep an eye out for the Peer Skill Share launch in the days ahead!
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
As the country still struggles with the outbreak of COVID-19, Forefront remains committed to supporting the Illinois social impact sector. We continue to update our COVID-19 resources page with webinars, reports, and other assets to help you make the right choices for you and the sector at large. Access Forefront’s COVID-19 resources here.
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 Member411@myforefront.org 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 Bryan Zarou, Director of Public Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members-Only Job Board
Our recently-launched Members-only job board connects you with professional opportunities throughout Illinois. Log in to access the board or submit a new opportunity.
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 email@example.com.