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Welcome to Forefront's Library: Home

The Library is not open for in-person visits but you can still access many of our guides and reach our team via email.

Check out an eBook!

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


The Forefront Library is open to the public as well as members.  Stop by and visit us.


Foundation Directory Access

Candid, the providers of Foundation Directory Online, database of over 150,000 funder profiles used by nonprofits to find organizations interested in their projects, are temporarily offering day pass public access to the Essential version of that database. To receive a link for searching that resource, please contact the Library. After you receive the link via email, you will be asked to create an account and sign up for a day pass. The day pass allows users to use Foundation Directory Essential remotely in a 24-hour window.

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.

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.

Schedule an Appointment!

Forefront Members and Non-Members can chat with the Library Team about our resources and services. Select the appropriate button below to choose a time from our calendar.

Please note that all appointments will take place in Zoom.

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!

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