PUBLIC POLICY + ADVOCACY PROCESS
Forefront’s public policy team represents and advocates on behalf of the Illinois social impact sector at all levels of government. Our goal is to educate, convene, and mobilize the people that govern to collectively build and support a social impact sector favorable for nonprofits, grantmakers, advisors and allies to serve the people of Illinois.
- We educate stakeholders about pressing issues by hosting learning events, sharing research, disaggregating data, and sending alerts.
- We convene stakeholders, systematically seeking input from our board, policy committee, members, Racial Equity Collective, and others through committee deliberations, surveys, focus groups, program evaluations, and small group/one-on-one conversations. On controversial issues, we facilitate important conversations aimed at building consensus while centering equity. These efforts are rooted in collaboration; we lead and participate in statewide coalitions to leverage collective power.
- We mobilize stakeholders when policy proposals at any level of government meet the tests in our decision-making filter, and our annual policy agenda is intended to reflect the priorities of stakeholders. We facilitate a variety of opportunities for members to engage in grassroots advocacy including submitting comments, signing letters, using social media, emailing, calling, meeting, and testifying.
2023 – 2024 POSITION STATEMENTS