5 Things to Do: Aug. 17-19

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Aug. 17-19 (Rent the Runway Sample Sale)

You know it will be a busy weekend in Chicago when it’s time for the Chicago Air and Water Show. In addition to fun events surrounding that annual summer favorite, don’t miss the opening of a new pop-up museum, an outdoor showing of “Black Panther,” a Rent the Runway sample sale, and a family-friendly nature

7 Women Shaking Up Chicago’s Cocktail Scene

Women Behind Bars: 7 Fearless Chicago Beverage Stars

Using the term “badass” to describe women who are successful in professions previously thought of as a dude’s domain has always bothered me. It seems like a bit of a copout — a too-easy description: “That lady butcher (welder, weightlifter, etc.) is badass.” It felt a bit dismissive, to be honest, as if women have

Forefront Welcomes Valerie Jarrett to Celebrate Launch of Democracy Initiative

Valerie-Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and Obama Foundation advisor, joined David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, for a conversation on democracy and civic engagement. (Photos courtesy of Free Spirit Media.)

Forefront is on a mission to build a vibrant social impact sector and improve the lives of all people in Illinois. Being the only regional association in the U.S. that represents philanthropy, nonprofits and their advisors, and allies of the sector, Forefront’s constituents encompass an intersectional and dynamic group of members. To launch the new

6 Fitness Apps That Provide Instant Workout Motivation

6 Fitness Apps That Provide Instant Workout Motivation

Every other day a new fitness app seems to hit the market, adding yet another no-excuses tool to establish goals and track progress toward a healthier lifestyle. Research suggests that fitness apps can lead to positive behavioral changes, including upping your overall activity level. Plus, fitness apps that are personalized to the user are proven to be even

You Said It: Help Children’s Place International Provide Life-Saving Care for Children in Extreme Poverty

You Said It: Help Children's Place International Provide Life-Saving Care for Children in Extreme Poverty

Children's Place International's Place the Hope 2017

Where a child is born should not determine whether that child lives and thrives. Children’s Place International helps children in developing countries overcome extreme poverty by connecting the generosity of Chicago and the Midwest with leading organizations serving children in Africa and the Caribbean. Part of Children’s Place Association, a Chicago-based nonprofit helping children and

Why Quality Early Childhood Education is So Important—and How You Can Support It

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Children participating in Children's Home & Aid Child Care and Education Programs (Photos courtesy of Children's Home & Aid.)

Transform one young life, and you’ll transform a family. Transform one family and you also help transform a community. The ripple of good that emanates from the investment in quality early childhood education for children in underserved communities implies that every dollar spent has the potential to generate great impact. Every $1 spent on early childhood

Quickles: 8 Must-Try Recipes for Quick-Pickled Vegetables and Fruits

Quickles: 8 Must-Try Recipes for Quick-Pickled Vegetables and Fruits (Scully)

Scully Restaurant in London (Photo by Julie Chernoff.)

I’ve loved pickles for as long as I can remember, and it must be hereditary, because I come from a long line of pickle aficionados, and my kids both have the gene as well. Growing up frequenting Jewish delis in Detroit, I came down firmly in the middle of the great “new dill vs. old

6 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Change Your Approach to Philanthropy

6 TED Talks That Will Immediately Inspire You to Make a Difference

Looking for new ways to give back or approach philanthropy in your own life? We love TED Talks for providing informative bursts of motivation. In the following talks, presenters explain that you don’t have to donate huge sums to your favorite charity to make a big difference. Sometimes seemingly ordinary steps can make an impact on someone else’s

9 Dos and Don’ts for Making the Most of an Empty Nest

9 Do’s and Don’ts for Making the Most of the Empty Nest

In a viral social media post shared on the eve of move-in day, San Diego State University encouraged incoming freshmen students to let their parents take pictures, make their bed, and embarrass them because “[a]s you start the new chapter of your life, they are also starting the new chapter of theirs. And believe it or

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Aug. 17-19 (Rent the Runway Sample Sale)

5 Things to Do: Aug. 17-19
By Anna Carlson

Women Behind Bars: 7 Fearless Chicago Beverage Stars

7 Women Shaking Up Chicago’s Cocktail Scene
By Julie Chernoff

Valerie-Jarrett

Forefront Welcomes Valerie Jarrett to Celebrate Launch of Democracy Initiative
By Emily Stone

6 Fitness Apps That Provide Instant Workout Motivation

6 Fitness Apps That Provide Instant Workout Motivation
By Amy Bizzarri

You Said It: Help Children's Place International Provide Life-Saving Care for Children in Extreme Poverty

You Said It: Help Children’s Place International Provide Life-Saving Care for Children in Extreme Poverty
By Children's Place International

early childhood education

Why Quality Early Childhood Education is So Important—and How You Can Support It
By Susan B. Noyes

Quickles: 8 Must-Try Recipes for Quick-Pickled Vegetables and Fruits (Scully)

Quickles: 8 Must-Try Recipes for Quick-Pickled Vegetables and Fruits
By Julie Chernoff

6 TED Talks That Will Immediately Inspire You to Make a Difference

6 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Change Your Approach to Philanthropy
By Alyssa Pak

9 Do’s and Don’ts for Making the Most of the Empty Nest

9 Dos and Don’ts for Making the Most of an Empty Nest
By Shannan Younger