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.

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

Board Leadership Institute Curriculum

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Learn more about this program by viewing the July 2021 Board Leadership Institute Information Session recording.

Info Session Recording

Fall 2021 Schedule:
September – December 2021
(6 Sessions)


Community Topic
(with United Way Experts)

Board Skill
(with Kellogg Faculty)

September 17
(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

October 1

Social Effects of Income Inequity

Nonprofit Financials

October 22

How Trauma Affects Public Health

Fundraising: How to Do it and Why it Matters

November 5

Why Racial Equity Matters

Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability – Impact Measurement

November 19

Our Housing & Homelessness Crisis

Managing Risks

December 3

The War on Chicago's Neighborhoods

Wrap-up and Presentations

Corporate Fee Structure

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


Program Fee

United Way Top 25 Partner


Other Corporations / Non-Top 25 Partners



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