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Strengthening Nonprofits

Strengthening Nonprofits


The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is not currently offering any Impact Excellence sessions due to ongoing restructuring of our program priorities. We expect to share our plans for next year towards the end of this year. Please contact Elizabeth Chadri at 708-848-1560 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

Impact Excellence Program

Our Impact Excellence program is integral to our commitment to serve as a local resource and a trusted, valued partner within the community. As part of our goal to strengthen the nonprofit sector’s impact on the overall quality of life in our community, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation offers a series of capacity building programs for local nonprofits.

These programs address core elements of capacity building such as an organization’s

  • Mission, vision and goals
  • Strategy
  • Human resources
  • Systems and infrastructure
  • Governance and structure
  • Culture

Our Impact Excellence Program provides multiple opportunities for capacity building to non-profits serving Oak Park-River Forest including:

  • Quarterly Half-day Seminars
  • Senior Executive Roundtables
  • Special events aimed at providing additional resources to non-profits
  • Targeted technical assistance to address non-profit capacity building needs

Additional Resources

Health & Social Services:
The HUB is a closed-loop referral database that helps connect community members to the behavioral health and other social services that they need. Learn more and search for services by zip code at

The Illinois Arts Council's mission is to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts through a variety of grants and services. Learn more about available opportunities and browse arts directories at

Forefront is a statewide association representing both grantmakers and nonprofits, as well as their advisors and allies. Its mission is to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Learn more about its programs and services at

BIPOC Consultants:
AMPT: Advancing Nonprofits supports West and South Side community organizations in building organizational health and sustainability through capacity building. Visit their consultant portal at

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy maintains a directory of Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) advisers and consultants at

Board Development:
BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. Learn more at

The Executive Service Corps provides consulting, coaching, and professional services to over 150 nonprofit organizations impacting 1.2 million people each year. Learn more at

Administrative Support:
The Back Office Cooperative offers nonprofit organizations complimentary expense management reviews, provides access to group buying programs, and provides procurement services and consulting. Learn more at

National Able Network offers personalized staffing and training resources for businesses and career coaching, training and connections for job seekers. Learn more at




1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301


 By phone:          Office visit:
 M - F    T, W, Th
 9 am - 5 pm    9 am - 5 pm

On Mondays and Fridays, staff may be working remotely. Please make an appointment in advance or call ahead to verify that someone is available to receive you.

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