Creating Community Partnerships with Purpose

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creating Community Partnerships with Purpose

Forefront Teams up with Galesburg Community Foundation, Monmouth and Galesburg Chambers of Commerce to Create Local Nonprofit Network

Nonprofits working in Monmouth and Galesburg have joined Forefront as part of the area's new Nonprofit Network, which kicked off last week. Nonprofit Network is a collaboration between the Galesburg Area and Monmouth Area Chambers of Commerce, Galesburg Community Foundation, and Forefront. The Nonprofit Network focuses on strengthening local frontline organizations through leadership, professional development, and collaboration.

 Nonprofit Network participants will receive a collective membership to Forefront, and the Galesburg and Monmouth Area Chambers of Commerce. Staff at participating nonprofits will have the opportunity to attend workshops, access resources, and return to their organizations with tools to keep their missions moving forward. The Nonprofit Network also provides an environment for safe, candid conversations with peers around current pain points and sector innovations.

The kick-off event was held at Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 25th. Participants were led by Kevin Maynard, Executive Director of Orpheum Theatre, and Lucas Wood, Executive Director of Knox-Galesburg Symphony, in a discussion about end of year appeals, the impact of tax reform on nonprofits, board recruitment, and how to represent our communities to our constituencies.

Later that evening, nonprofit professionals got a chance to network at the Cherry Restaurant and Bar in Galesburg. Participants learned about the new Nonprofit Network and the benefits they will receive as new members of both Forefront and the Chambers of Commerce.

On Wednesday, January 31st, Network participants took part in Nonprofit Financial Management, a Forefront workshop, led by Forefront's Chief Operating Officer, Andreason Brown. Participants received a primer on nonprofit finance and accounting and interpreting financial statements. They learned how to present financial information that reflects the real cost of programming and explored financial and programmatic sustainability as well as the connections between strategic plans, operating plans, and budgets.   

Nonprofit organizations working within Monmouth and Galesburg are invited to join the Nonprofit Network! Increase your capacity, access tools for impact, and connect with peers – all locally!

To earn more about the Nonprofit Network by contacting Sarah Tapscott.


Upcoming Nonprofit Network Events

Wednesday, February 7

Monmouth on the Move

Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce

12:00-1:00 pm


1201 W. Broadway, Monmouth

Cost:  $12 (includes lunch)


Tuesday, February 13

Identifying, Qualifying & Cultivating Donors

Forefront Training

11:30 am-1:30 pm (brownbag lunch)

Galesburg Community Foundation

246 E. Main Street, Suite 101, Galesburg


Tuesday, February 13

Monmouth Professionals

Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce

Fat Tuesday Celebration

5:00 pm

Danny's Tap and Grille

120 S. A Street, Monmouth


Wednesday, February 14

How to Market Your Business to Your Membership (Webinar)

Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

1:00-2:00 pm

Cost:  $15


Tuesday, February 20

Board Member 101:  Board Basics

Galesburg Community Foundation

4:30-6:00 pm

246 E. Main Street, Suite 101, Galesburg


Thursday, February 22

Business After Hours - Century 21

Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

5:00 pm

782 N. Henderson Street, Galesburg