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

The application for the Spring 2021 cohort is now closed. For questions about future cohorts, please contact Caitlin Closser.
Learn more about the Board Leadership Program by viewing the December 2020 Board Leadership Program Information Session recording.

Information Session Recording

February – May 2021 Schedule
(6 Sessions)


Community Topic
(with United Way Experts)

Board Skill
(with Kellogg Faculty)

February 5
(Full Day Session)

State of Poverty & Nonprofit Sector

Educating the Future Workforce

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

Board/Staff Relations & Principles of High Performing Boards

February 26

Social Effects of Income Inequity

Fundraising: How to Do it and Why it Matters

March 12

How Trauma Affects Public Health

Nonprofit Financials

April 9

Why Racial Equity Matters

Managing Risks

April 23

The Legacy of Chicago’s Housing Crisis

Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability – Impact Measurement

May 21

Our Chicago Neighborhoods

Nonprofit Panel & 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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