Forefront to Open Regional Office

The new regional office will support Western Illinois and is in partnership with Galesburg Community Foundation.

Forefront, the membership association for nonprofit organizations and grantmakers in Illinois, is pleased to announce the opening of a regional office to support Western Illinois. The new office will be Forefront’s third regional office, in addition to offices in Chicago and Springfield. With the opening of this new office, a Regional Coordinator will be hired. More information about the position is available here.

The new Forefront office and staff position is in partnership with Galesburg Community Foundation. Forefront’s new office will act as a hub for social good in Western Illinois, aiming  to strengthen local nonprofit and funder organizations through leadership, professional development, and collaboration. Forefront will provide opportunities for networking, education, policy engagement, leadership development, partnership and collective action.

Galesburg Community Foundation President & CEO Joshua D. Gibb said, “This collaboration will provide valuable and intentional services to the nonprofits and funders supporting philanthropy in Western Illinois. Nonprofits and philanthropy provide valuable services to our communities and are important economic drivers. Making an investment such as this will allow our local philanthropic community to further collaborate and participate in opportunities to help drive their missions.”

Forefront President + CEO, Eric Weinheimer said, “This new opportunity allows us to better support nonprofits at the local level. One of our goals at Forefront is to ensure we deliver high quality support and programming to Illinois’ nonprofit sector. We are excited to make this investment in Western Illinois and partner with Galesburg Community Foundation in such an impactful way.”


Forefront builds a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Forefront, with offices in Chicago and Springfield, is the nation’s only statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, advisors, and sector allies. We provide education, advocacy, thought leadership, and facilitate collective action around issues that are important to our Members and to the sector. Forefront’s members number over 1,100. Learn more at

At Galesburg Community Foundation we strengthen local philanthropy to support healthy communities.

To learn more about Galesburg Community Foundation and our work to develop resources that equip and empower Knox and Warren Counties through local philanthropy, visit or call 309.344.8898.


Minute of Philanthropy

Each week we take a minute to highlight what’s happening in the world related to philanthropy.

Changing her community through art, and an endowment

Marge Dickinson was a longtime Galva High School art teacher, former president of the Illinois Art Education Association and now, a retired teacher. She started the council to support and encourage artists in her small community and quickly found success thanks to the community’s support.

Music Builds Community in Galva

For the second year in a row, the Galva Arts Council was selected as a recipient of the Levitt AMP $25,000 matching grant, a national creative place-making program dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music.

A gateway to something greater

“A gateway to something greater for all,” Krista Bushmaker says without hesitation. “That’s what Galesburg Community Foundation is to me, and I know to so many others.”

He simply loved.

Rev. Jon Sibley Sr. simply loved people. It was in his laugh, his legacy of service and in the many interactions he had with others as a pastor, family man and as an Illinois State Trooper. “He was fun-loving,” his wife Vicki recalls. “He loved this place and he wanted to give back.”


Galesburg Community Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications on Friday, February 1, 2019. Scholarships are open to students who reside in Knox and Warren Counties and meet the criteria. Applications must be submitted online. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 15, 2019.