Training Tomorrow's Leaders to Build a United Chicago

Each 15-20 person training cohort is designed to reflect the diversity of the Chicago region, providing opportunities for participants to learn from the varied experiences of fellow civic leaders. Applicants will be selected based on demonstrated commitment to community, and will include mid-career professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and industries.

Benefits of Participating in the Board Leadership Institute

Learn directly from respected civic leaders with a cohort of service-minded individuals

Learn about the issues facing our community from experts in the field

Gain the skills needed to successfully serve on a nonprofit Board

Be matched to a Board upon successful program completion

October 2019–May 2020 (11 sessions)

Includes Friday morning sessions 1–2 times per month and a closing reception
The online application period will open July 17, 2019.


Community Topic

Board Skill

October 4

Introductory Session

October 18

Poverty in Our Region

What it Means to be a Board Member

November 1

Educating the Future Workforce

How Nonprofits Work

November 15

United Way of Metro Chicago Neighborhood Network Tour
See one of the communities we serve on a bus tour led by a local community changemaker.

December 6

The Legacy of Chicago’s Housing Crisis

Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability

January 10

Social Effects of Income Inequality

Nonprofit Financials

February 7

How Trauma Affects Public Health

Board/Staff Relations

March 6

Why Racial Equity Matters

How to Run a Board Meeting

April 3

Homegrown: Community-led Change

Fundraising: How to Do it and Why it Matters

May 1

How Violence Impacts Chicago

Group Presentations

May 15

Closing Reception


Give Money.

Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.


Give Time.

Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

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