For organizations focused on solving social and environmental problems, the availability of resources and talent is a common problem. To help address this issue, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation offers the Alumni Board Connect and Board Connect programs.
Alumni Board Connect matches Chicago Booth alumni in Chicago with nonprofits looking for new directors for their boards. In Hong Kong, the program is known as Board Connect and is part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation.
In Chicago, the Alumni Board Connect program is open to Booth alumni who graduated more than three years ago and live in the city. In Hong Kong, the Board Connect program is open to any business professional living in Hong Kong.
Nonprofits in these cities are eligible to participate if they are a registered nonprofit in good standing and have open seats on their board of directors.
Board matches are made based on alignment between alumni and nonprofit applicants in the following areas: expertise of the alumnus with an organization’s needs, interests with mission, and time and financial commitments with expectations for board members.
Alumni Board Connect Chicago: Applications are currently closed.
Questions? Contact the Rustandy Center's Sarah Dougans.
How it Works
In addition to offering participating nonprofits access to Booth talent, the Rustandy Center invites participating nonprofits to educational and networking programs on nonprofit effectiveness throughout the year. Meanwhile, alumni are able to give back in a meaningful way; get exposure to new areas of business, such as strategic planning, resource allocation, and crisis management; and build a broader professional network.