Training Tomorrow's Leaders to Build a United Chicago

Each training cohort is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of community opportunities and challenges, along with the tools to best leverage their skills in service of Greater Chicago.

This year, our program is supported by our title partner, Gallagher.

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

Join a cohort of civic-minded professionals from a variety of sectors

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

Gain the skills needed to successfully serve on a nonprofit Board through training with Kellogg faculty

Be matched to a Board upon successful program completion

Joining Board Leadership Institute

The application process for the Spring 2024 cohort is now closed. For questions about future cohorts, please contact Caitlin Closser Peart at or join the Board Leadership Institute listserv.

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Virtual Information Session

United Way and our partners from the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University hosted a virtual information session for interested applicants to learn more about the Board Leadership Institute. View the recording from our most recent Info Session to learn more about the program.

Info Session Recording

Hear from an Alumnus

Watch our video of Clarence Carson, a member of our first cohort in spring 2020, reflecting on his experience with the Board Leadership Institute.

Board Leadership Institute Curriculum

Spring 2024 Schedule:

March 8 - May 17, 2024

6 Scheduled Sessions on Friday mornings, and the first session as a full day.
The first and last sessions will be held in person in the Chicago Loop.
All other sessions held virtually.


Community Topic
(with United Way Experts)

Board Skill
(with Kellogg Faculty)

March 8*
(Full Day Session)

State of Poverty in Chicago

Addressing Inequalities in Education

The Nonprofit Landscape (How Nonprofits Work) & Board Roles & Responsibilities

Board/Staff Relations & Principles of High Performing Boards

March 22

Social Effects of Income Inequity

Nonprofit Financials

April 5

How Trauma Affects Public Health

Fundraising: How to Do it and Why it Matters

April 19

Why Racial Equity Matters

Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability – Impact Measurement

May 3

Our Housing & Homelessness Crisis

Managing Risks

May 17*

The War on Chicago's Neighborhoods

Wrap-up and Presentations

*Session held in person in the Chicago Loop.

Corporate Fee Structure

Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee placement in the program. Please contact Caitlin Closser Peart at with questions regarding program fees.


Program Fee

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Other Corporations / Non-Top 25 Partners





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