Alumni Board Connect (ABC)

Alumni Board Connect matches Chicago Booth alumni with nonprofit organizations to serve as directors on their boards. Through this program, both the alumni and the organizations benefit from the effective matching service and subsequent networking and educational opportunities.

How to get involved

Alumni Board Connect is available to alumni living in Chicago and New York City. Chicago Booth alumni living in those cities who graduated at least three years ago are eligible to apply to ABC.

New York City: Applications are now closed for ABC NYC.
Chicago: Applications are now closed for ABC Chicago.

  Learn more about ABC

Things we look for

  • A match between your interests and passions and the organization's mission and values
  • Alignment between your expertise and skills and the organization's needs
  • An equal understanding in regards to both time and financial commitments

Benefits to you

  • Give back to a cause by getting involved in a meaningful way
  • Flex your leadership skills and put your Booth business knowledge to work
  • Get exposure to issues like strategic planning, resource allocation, human capital management, crisis management, etc.
  • Network with like-minded individuals and build your personal and professional networks
  • Attend exclusive educational and networking programs throughout the year

How it works

As a Booth graduate, you apply by filling out the application and submitting your resume online (link is above). If you are accepted into the program, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation staff will then work to find an organization whose needs and mission align with your interests. You will have the opportunity to confirm your interest in the organization before the nonprofit is sent your application information.

Once the Rustandy Center makes a recommendation to the nonprofit organization, they will follow the procedures their board uses to add new directors. This will most likely include a phone call or in-person meeting with a member(s) of their board development committee and being voted in at a board meeting.

It is important to note that you will be a full member of the organization's board of directors and therefore it is critical that you are approved in the same manner as current directors. You will be held to the same terms and policies that are in place for the current board of directors and, while we will remain in communication with and offer support to you over your first year on the board, this program does not supersede how the board of directors is managed or how you are integrated into the organization. Additionally, you are responsible for your own due diligence to the organization before you join their board.

Over the course of the year, the Rustandy Center will host educational and networking events exclusively for participants of Alumni Board Connect. Representatives from the partnering organizations may attend as a benefit for participating in this program.

Doing Good is Serious Business

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the destination for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth's social impact hub, we build on the school's grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research-based insights. Then, through programs, including the John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge and training for nonprofit board members, we equip our community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.

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