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Mission Sustainability Initiative

Strategic partnerships can offer an abundance of attractive benefits. From improving outreach efforts to enhancing programs and services, there are many ways a partnership can help your organization improve its efficacy, impact, and sustainability. Partnerships take many forms, including co-locating, sharing back office or fundraising staff, permanent joint programming, and mission-based mergers. Each new partnership is designed to meet the needs of the participating organizations; the forms they take are limited only by the creativity of the partners.

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 a 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

MSI Supporters

Forefront is very grateful for the generous support of the following funders, who have made the MSI and the MSI Fund possible:

Co-Chairs of the MSI Fund:

Forefront also thanks launching contributors: Cuore e Mani Foundation, Dentons, The Dunham Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Lazard, Sidley Austin LLP, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, William Blair & Company, L.L.C., and Winston & Strawn LLP.


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