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About Us

Forefront is Illinois’ statewide association representing both grantmakers and nonprofits, as well as their advisors and allies. Our mission is to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. We provide education, advocacy, thought leadership, and facilitate collective action around issues that are important to our Members and to the sector.

Currently, Forefront has over 1,100 Members. Our Nonprofit Members work in over 26 different issue areas across the state. Our Grantmaker Members include private foundations (such as family and independent foundations), public charities, corporations, donor-advised funds, charitable trusts, and individual philanthropists. We also actively engage social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and B-Corps to spur innovation in the sector.

Rep/Contact Info

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Ms. Lily A. Blouin
Regional Coordinator