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Impact Excellence Program

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  



The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation will not offer any Impact Excellence sessions in 2021 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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 healthconnectionhub.org.


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 arts.illinois.gov.

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 myforefront.org.

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 amptchicago.org.

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy maintains a directory of Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) advisers and consultants at caaip.org/find-a-consultant/.

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 boardsource.org.

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 execservicecorps.org.

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 thebackofficecoop.org.

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


Contact Elizabeth Chadri at 708-848-1560 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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