Leadership Coaching for Nonprofits
Too many organizations focused on solving social and environmental problems lack the necessary resources and talent. To help address these deficits, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation offers the Nonprofit Executive Coaching program in Chicago, through which seasoned Chicago Booth alumni provide leadership coaching to nonprofit executives. Nonprofit executives participating in the program pay a small fee to cover administrative expenses.
Access to Business Leaders and Mentors
The Nonprofit Executive Coaching program allows nonprofit executives in Chicago to access business leaders and experienced mentors, while alumni volunteers provide an invaluable resource to advance a cause they believe in. Alumni are matched with nonprofit executives for an initial six-month coaching term.
The National Hellenic Museum, the Honeycomb Project, the Institute for Latino Progress, and CoderSpace are among the dozens of nonprofits whose leaders have benefited from the coaching.
How it works
Booth alumni coaches should have seven-plus years of work experience, as well as experience coaching and mentoring executives.
There is a $400 fee for participating nonprofits, which must be based in the Chicago area.
Once matches are made, both parties are required to attend a daylong training session. From there, pairs set their own schedules for six months. During that time, there is a midpoint breakfast for all participants and a check-in from Booth staff. At the conclusion of the term, there is a closing session and debrief with Booth staff.
Applications are currently closed. Acceptance notifications go out mid-November. Mandatory training for coaches and nonprofit executives will take place in January.
“The Rustandy Center’s Nonprofit Executive Coaching program represents a very personal, enjoyable, and impactful way to share board experiences. It is one of those life experiences where you hope the person you coach gets some fraction of the tremendous satisfaction and personal learning you receive as the coach.”
—Mark Trembacki, ’85, Founder, Risk Management Levers Inc.
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