Website Forefront

To build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of IL

Forefront’s most recent State of the Sector survey highlighted deep disparities in the leadership makeup and access to funding and resources by organizations led by people of color versus white-led organizations. We also learned that there is a strong need from the sector to build internal organizational capacity and a desire to collaborate with others to advance racial equity.

That said, Forefront is committed to helping organize and centralize Illinois’ collective leadership, resources, talent, and programming that will sustainably advance racial equity across the state. We are requesting proposals to lead the development and administration of a landscape scan, gap analysis, and asset map which will identify experts, programs, and activities by various organizations throughout Illinois. 

This data will inform Forefront’s Racial Equity Collective and build a coalition of experts and organizations to find common themes collectively and intentionally. The information will also support the discovery of partnership opportunities to advance racial equity throughout Illinois’ social impact sector.

Forefront is one of Illinois’ most trusted statewide networks and conveners of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Our board, staff, external stakeholders, and sector-at-large collectively believe that Forefront, in concert with current partners and experts identified through this landscape scan, has the expertise and understanding of the sector to successfully activate the Racial Equity Collective. Click to access the RFP.

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