Announcing the 2018 #ILVote Civic Engagement Grantees

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Forefront is thrilled to announce the grantees of its #ILVote micro-grant, which supports voter engagement across Illinois ahead of the November midterm elections.

As part of Forefront’s Democracy Initiative, the #ILVote campaign empowers and trains nonprofits to build voter engagement into the fabric of their organizations. Nonprofit voter engagement can benefit nonprofits, our communities, and the nation — far beyond the outcome of any particular election. Forefront is pleased to support the following organizations:

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

CHANGE Illinois

Chicago Leadership Alliance

Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Citizen Advocacy Center

Enlace Chicago

Erie Neighborhood House

Faith Coalition for the Common Good

Gads Hill Center

HANA Center

Housing Action Illinois

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Illinois People's Action

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Mano A Mano Family Resource Center

ONE Northside

Quad Cities Interfaith

The Resurrection Project

South Asian American Policy & Research Institute

Grantees will be honored at a campaign launch event on Tuesday, July 24 at EvolveHer in River North. This #ILVote Kick-off event will be live-streamed on Forefront's Facebook page. Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, will set the stage for the nonprofit and philanthropic community of Illinois to leverage our network in service of a vibrant democracy. Delaney will offer a “state of the sector” when it comes to civic engagement work from a national perspective. Anita Banerji, Director, Democracy Initiative at Forefront, will share what nonprofits can do locally to ensure all voices are being heard, represented, and counted. The team from BallotReady will share their innovative online tool that makes it easy for voters to research and understand every candidate and referendum up for election. Nonprofit VOTE will also be on hand to share the nonpartisan resources they have available for nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote.