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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.
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
Application submissions for the Spring 2023 cohort are now open! Applications are due by January 15, 2023. The Spring 2023 cohort will have the first session held in person and the remaining sessions held virtually. For questions, contact PublicPrograms@LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.
Submit an Application
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
Watch our video of Clarence Carson, a member of our first cohort in spring 2020, reflecting on his experience with the Board Leadership Institute.
Spring 2023 Schedule:
February 23, 2023 - May 19, 2023
6 Scheduled Sessions mostly on Friday mornings.
The first session will be a full day, held in person in the Chicago Loop, and on a Thursday.
Remaining sessions will be held virtually on Friday mornings.
(with United Way Experts)
(with Kellogg Faculty)
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
Social Effects of Income Inequity
How Trauma Affects Public Health
Fundraising: How to Do it and Why it Matters
Why Racial Equity Matters
Driven by Mission: Nonprofit Accountability – Impact Measurement
Our Housing & Homelessness Crisis
The War on Chicago's Neighborhoods
Wrap-up and Presentations
Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee placement in the program. Please contact Caitlin Closser Peart at email@example.com with questions regarding program fees.
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