Board fellows are matched in teams of two or three with partner organizations on the basis of area of interest.

With training and mentoring from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, they serve as nonvoting board members for a seven-month term (October through April) and complete a strategic consulting project of the nonprofit organization’s choosing.

By the Numbers

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Number of Booth students who participated in the Net Impact Board Fellows Program

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Number of nonprofits that have collaborated with the program since 2015


Participate as a Booth Student

The program is designed to encourage Booth students to pursue nonprofit board service and involvement throughout their lives. As a Net Impact Board fellow, you’ll receive coaching from Booth alumni, support from the Rustandy Center and Net Impact, and training and workshops on topics such as board governance and project scoping.

The program is open to:

  • Rising second-year Full-Time MBA students
  • Evening and Weekend MBA students who have completed at least eight courses and do not graduate before June 2022
  • Rising first-year Full-Time MBA and Evening and Weekend MBA students with less than eight courses (but priority will be given to rising second-year and Evening and Weekend students)

Learn more and apply

Participate as a Nonprofit

To host a fellow, nonprofits must be located in the Chicago region and be in good standing with the State of Illinois. They must also have a formal, established governing board and capacity to provide students with the support and mentorship necessary to assimilate to the board and complete the strategic project.

When you apply to the program, you’ll outline a project for your fellows to complete during the program timeframe. A project should be significant and specific enough to achieve in four months with approximately five to 10 hours of work per month. Projects can focus on anything from cost/benefit analysis and marketing plan development to strategic planning and evaluation of funding opportunities and revenue sources.

Get Involved

Nonprofit applications for the 2021-22 Net Impact Board Fellows program are now closed. 

Student applications for the 2021-22 Net Impact Board Fellows program are open now through Monday, October 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. CSTLearn more and apply.

Questions about nonprofit involvement? Email Prentiss Smith

Questions about student involvement? Email Julia Starr or Email Sharlene Guiriba

“It gives you time to feel like you’re embedded in the organization and to gain the exposure that you need to nonprofit organizations that are doing good for their communities.”
–Michael Kovach, ’20, who served on the board of GCE Lab School

Meet Our Nonprofit Engagement Executive in Residence

Learn from industry experts in the Rustandy Center’s network, who work closely with students as mentors and advisors and share insights from their experience in the social sector. Learn more about opportunities to engage with Dorri McWhorter.

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter, Nonprofit Engagement

Dorri McWhorter is president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Most recently, McWhorter was CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, leading the 140-year-old social service agency's expansion of digital services and helped develop an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment. A winner of innovation awards and a 20-year veteran in large-scale change management consulting, McWhorter was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP and a senior leader at Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dorri McWhorter, Nonprofit Engagement

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