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.
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:
- The composition of foundations in Illinois
- The giving priorities, populations, and support strategies of those foundations
- Giving to Illinois by all foundations, regardless of location
Networking and Partnerships
Peer Skill Share
Soon, 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!
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 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 Genita C. Robinson at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.sterlingvolunteers.com, or watch this webinar.
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.