Chicago Nonprofit Board Matching

Alumni Board ConnectFor organizations focused on solving social and environmental problems, the availability of resources and talent is a common problem. The Alumni Board Connect program in Chicago was designed to help address this issue.

Alumni Board Connect connects Chicagoland Booth alumni with nonprofit organizations looking for directors to serve on their boards. 

Get Involved

Applications for the 2020 Alumni Board Connect Program are now closed. 

More information on Alumni Board Connect in Chicago can be found below. To learn more, please email Prentiss Smith.

I'm a Chicago Booth graduate... 


Who can apply to Alumni Board Connect?

The Alumni Board Connect program is open to alumni living in Chicagoland who graduated from any Booth MBA program three or more years ago. 

Why should I apply to Alumni Board Connect?

From addressing systemic poverty to expanding health-care access, organizations within the ABC network are leading vital social impact work across the Chicagoland area. Serving on the board of one of these nonprofits gives you the opportunity to not only grow your leadership skills and your network, but to take action in supporting causes that you care about in your community.

In addition, you can: 

  • Create impact in Chicagoland by putting your Booth business skills to work
  • Partner with community leaders to grow your own social sector knowledge and connections
  • Drive forward important social impact work through strategic projects across finance, marketing, crisis management, and more

"The Alumni Board Connect program can help you find a way to support a cause you truly care about and ensure you'll be able to make a significant impact."

—Noam Avidov, ’15 Board Member, The Association House of Chicago

I'm a Chicagoland nonprofit... 


Who can apply to Alumni Board Connect?

The Alumni Board Connect program is open to nonprofit organizations located in Chicagoland that are actively seeking to place new members to their board of directors. 

Why should my nonprofit participate in Alumni Board Connect?

Finding motivated, right-fit candidates for your board of directors is a critical part of your organization’s long-term strategy – but doing so can be difficult and time-consuming. Alumni Board Connect streamlines this process by connecting nonprofits with Booth alumni who are looking to leverage their MBA skills to create impact in their community. In our application, you can describe the skillsets, financial and time commitments, and mission alignment that you’re looking for, and we’ll work to identify a candidate with similar qualifications and interests.

In addition, you can: 

  • Partner with an engaged and informed new board member looking to give back
  • Leverage Booth MBAs to support strategic projects across finance, marketing, crisis management, and more
  • Gain access to educational opportunities and workshops on board development throughout the year

What are the other resources available to my organization?

There are many opportunities available to nonprofits at the Rustandy Center and across the University. Learn more (PDF). 

"It can be challenging to find a diverse group of candidates for our board who can lend a variety of skills to help our organization grow. Chicago Booth alumni bring with them expertise that benefits our organization greatly." 

—Steve Leaver, Executive Director, Imagination Theater

By the Numbers

Over the years, the Alumni Board Connect program has connected hundreds of Chicago area nonprofits with Booth alumni looking to leverage their MBAs for social good. And in keeping with Booth’s multidisciplinary approach, we track our outcomes and the successes of our participating alumni and nonprofits.


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