New Member Application

Join us as we launch our new Membership Pipeline through BoardLead – a program to help YOU get connected to nonprofit board service and support you along the way!

The first step in applying is attending the Info Session and Reception on April 11th. After that, you will be able to submit your application online. Information regarding expectations, the application process, and more is on this page.

  • RSVP HERE or to Risa Rifkind (rrifkind@cct.org or 312-616-8000 x 263) and include any accommodations needed
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Info Session at Microsoft
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Reception at MidAmerica Club
Applications are not yet open. More information coming soon! Come back later.

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For questions, please contact Risa Rifkind, rrifkind@cct.org or 312-616-8000 x 263.

Lead with power and influence by serving on a nonprofit board.

More than 10% of Chicagoans have disabilities.

Only 1% of nonprofit board seats in the region are filled by people with disabilities.*

Nonprofit boards need more leaders with disabilities—leaders like you.

Grow professionally. Support a cause you believe in! Advancing Leadership has programs available to help you join a board.

*Based on 2019 review of Chicago Community Trust grantee data.

FAQ

Step 1: Join Advancing Leadership’s Members Network—the nation’s only advancement network for leaders with disabilities

  • Empowering network of 100+ leaders with disabilities
  • Mentoring & training
  • Opportunities for leadership, speaking & development
Step 2: Begin BoardLead — a guided process to apply for a nonprofit board seat that’s a great match for you
  • Training & coaching on nonprofit board responsibilities
  • Step-by-step matching process
  • Match with nonprofits that fit your passions and skills

Expectations

  • Attend three events in downtown Chicago:
    o Advancing Leadership Half-Day Symposium: SATURDAY, SEPT. 21
    o BoardLead Full-Day Training Session: SATURDAY, OCT. 12
    o Advancing Leadership Year-End Event: THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 4-7 PM
  • If invited to join a board, meet all participation requirements set by the board
  • Pay a one-time, $200 participation fee (scholarships available)

How To Apply

1. Attend the required information session and reception on THURSDAY, APRIL 11

  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Info Session at Microsoft
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Reception at MidAmerica Club
  • RSVP HERE or to Risa Rifkind (rrifkind@cct.org or 312-616-8000 x 263) and include any accommodations needed
2. Submit your application
  • Applications are not yet open.
  • Apply any time between MARCH 25 and APRIL 25. You must attend the information session on APRIL 11 in order to apply.