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Welcome to Forefront's Library: Home

Forefront's Library Staff will be out of the office the last week of March, however will be accessible via email for urgent requests. The email boxes will be monitored and all research requests will be entered into the research queue in the order they are received. Please be aware the turnaround times for requests will be a bit longer than usual due to staff vacations.

Check out an eBook!

Forefront members, take a look at our new ebooks database! Contact the Library for log in details.


The Forefront Library provides both members and the prospective members free access to a wealth of resources and workshops on various aspects of fundraising and donor prospecting. Forefront librarians offer specialized research to Forefront Members’ specific needs, whether it be prospect research on foundations and individuals, samples and templates, salary surveys and job descriptions, and general research on philanthropic and nonprofit topics. Schedule a visit today!


Foundation Directory Access

If you are affiliated with a current Forefront member organization, please email any research request to and the Library Team will respond.

For the general nonprofit public, you may send in one Foundation Directory information request per week. Please see this form for details.  

If you have any questions, please set up an appointment to chat! Buttons to do so are on the right side of this page.

Search Databases

Browse the list below or see details about all databases here

Search for Books

Clicking "Go" will redirect you to the Library's catalog page.

 For member reference services:

Schedule an Appointment!

Forefront Members can chat with the Library Team about our resources and services. Click the button below and choose a time from the librarian's calendar. Non-members can submit a library research request below. 

Please note that all appointments will take place in Zoom.

Informational Subject Guides

Browse or search the Library's topic specific web guides. If you belong to a member network and need a password, please speak to a librarian.

Read the Newsletter

Subscribe to Forefront's newsletter to get the latest social impact sector news, resources, events, and more sent straight to your inbox! 

Get help from the Librarians!

 For member reference services:
  For general questions:     
 Call a Librarian: 312-578-0175     
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See our Library team!  

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   Chicago, IL 60606