Provide Latest Research and Information Services

Providing the latest research and information services is a core service of Forefront. Some services are offered only to our Members.

Vision: Members and the public have access to high-quality research on relevant topics and emerging trends from across the nation and the globe.

Recent results: Forefront publishes an annual Giving in Illinois report as well as other research on sector trends. Last year, we launched several online LibGuides (each of which houses comprehensive links and resources on a particular topic). We also launched remote access for Members to EBSCO databases (non-Members may access EBSCO for free in our Library). Our Librarians fulfilled 1,500 reference requests.

Work in progress: This year, we will again publish Giving in Illinois, launch additional LibGuides, and fulfill 1,600 Library reference requests. We will also explore potential for increasing our collections and research capacity.