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

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 through training with Kellogg faculty

Be matched to a Board upon successful program completion

Board Leadership Institute Curriculum

Our Friday morning training sessions embody the commitments that Board service requires, with regular classroom-style sessions held over several months, including homework assignments to be completed in between.

January – May 2020 Schedule


Community Topic
(with United Way Experts)

Board Skill
(with Kellogg Faculty)

January 31
(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 21

Social Effects of Income Inequity

Nonprofit Financials

March 20

How Trauma Affects Public Health

Fundraising: How to do it and Why it Matters

April 3

Why Racial Equity Matters

Managing Risks

April 17

The Legacy of Chicago’s Housing Crisis

Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability – Impact Measurement

May 8

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


United Way Partner Company


Non-United Way Workplace


Applications for the January 2020 Board Leadership Cohort are now closed. Contact Caitlin Closser Peart with questions.



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