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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:

  • Social Impact Sector Resources and Services
  • Up to the minute policy updates and advocacy tools
  • Partnership opportunities through our Peer Skill Share, Mission Sustainability Initiative, and more

Click here to join as a Member.

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.


iCAT Assessment

The Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) helps nonprofits better understand their organizational capacity based on direct input from those who know the organization best – their team and key stakeholders. Learn more about how to access this free benefit for Operating Nonprofit Members here.


Access to Illinois Foundation Stats

Forefront has partnered with Foundation Center to bring top-line data about the philanthropy landscape to regional foundations, nonprofits, policymakers, and media with Illinois Foundation Stats.

This public-facing interactive dashboard represents the latest available data from Illinois foundations and the IRS and offers insights into:

Networking and Partnerships

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.


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.


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.


Mission Sustainability Initiative

Forefront’s Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI), provides confidential, friendly, and effective advice and resources to nonprofits looking to strengthen their organization through strategic partnerships. The MSI refers organizations to pro bono legal assistance and paid consultants specializing in nonprofit strategic partnerships, and also offers a repository of toolkits, research, and best practices, along with educational events. After consultation from MSI’s staff, organizations may be able to apply for grant funding to help them solidify a partnership or get a joint project off the ground.

If you have any questions about the Mission Sustainability Initiative, please contact the MSI Director at

Finance and Administration Resources

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


Sterling Volunteers

Sterling Volunteers is an online background check platform that uses proprietary technologies and unique criminal locators to deliver high-quality and accurate background checks. Sterling Volunteers is backed by the nation’s largest background screening company, SterlingBackcheck. There is no cost to join the platform, and we have arranged a per-check price discount for our Members. For more information, visit, or watch this webinar.

Other Benefits

Discounts at The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University

Forefront Members get 20% off nonprofit workshops and webinars hosted by The Axelson Center. Learn about upcoming programs on the Axelson website. When registering for an Axelson workshop or webinar, use the field provided to indicate you are a Member of Forefront.

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