Forefront is asking all nonprofit organizations across the state to fill out a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on their  operations and to determine community needs. Forefront is Illinois’ statewide association representing both grantmakers and nonprofits, as well as their advisors and allies.

Open space and nature is critical now more than ever. Nature is a human service; it’s not just about plants and animals, it’s about people — all of us.

Because so many of our foundation supporters are moving to COVID support, the conservation community of land trusts in Illinois need to join our voices to emphasize the importance of natural areas and nature to each of us during this pandemic now more than ever.

Our parks, preserves, and other open spaces already have seen a surge in use as our friends, families, and neighbors seek out these healing places as a refuge from the stresses of the pandemic restrictions.

Your input is critical as the results of the survey will be considered in recommendations shared with state elected officials and grantmaking organizations.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey no later than Friday, November 13 by 5 p.m.

Your voice is needed on this important issue. We encourage you to let the foundations know through this survey how important this is as a mental, emotional, and physical healing response to the stresses of the pandemic.