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Registration is now open for our 2021 Virtual Summit on Tuesday, June 22!

Heather McGhee, author of the bestselling book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, will share a keynote address about the zero-sum paradigm – the idea that for one community to benefit, another must lose – and how it harms rural and urban communities, people of color, and white folks alike.

After hearing from community members across the state about the work they’re doing to advance racial equity, Heather will join us for a live conversation about the role nonprofits and philanthropy play in upholding and dismantling the zero-sum paradigm, what we stand to gain by recognizing the dividends of solidarity, and how we can work together toward the common good. This year’s event will build on our 2020 summit, Solidarity & Resilience, and illuminate our new President & CEO, Monique B. Jones, as she shares her vision for the future of Forefront.


See our lineup of speakers from across Illinois’ social impact sector!


Summit tickets are $65 for Members, and $130 for non-Members (please contact to receive the Member discount code). Click below to register or explore sponsorship opportunities.

Should you have any questions about this year’s event or sponsorship opportunities, please review our sponsorship packet and complete our sponsor form or contact


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