Step Into Impact

Taking your private sector skills and experience and applying them to the social impact effort can be incredibly fulfilling and drive real outcomes. Whether you’re hoping to transition your career, dedicate time to strategic volunteering, engage in impact investing, launch a social startup or become a board member, you’ll need to understand the landscape and possibilities across the realm of social impact.

This executive education program will introduce you to the social sector, from nonprofits to impact investing, sustainability, social enterprise and more. The program will provide a baseline understanding of the funding streams, mechanisms of impact, cutting-edge trends and opportunities, breadth of ways to engage and more. In addition, we will explore actionable paths towards applying your professional skills and experience in the impact sector, including complete career shifts, pro bono engagement, strategic volunteerism, philanthropy and investment opportunities.

This program is offered in a live virtual format. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Use your corporate world skills to drive impact in nonprofit organizations.


Who Should Attend

  • Leaders considering a career transition from the corporate sector to the social sector
  • Anyone wishing to engage as a strategic volunteer, as a board member or donor
  • Professionals interested in engaging in impact investing or in support of social entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurship
  • Those with some knowledge of the nonprofit or social sectors and seeking a broader understanding
  • Forward-thinking business and private sector leaders interested in weaving social impact into their work and life

Key Benefits

  • Understand how to translate corporate skills to the nonprofit sector
  • Discover opportunities for engaging with causes important to you
  • Learn fundraising strategies that drive change in the nonprofit sector

Program Content

  • What is Social Impact?
    • Understand the definition and scope of impact work
    • Explore the various sub-sectors of impact work and the effect of social impact work on both the US and global economies
  • The Spectrum of Impact Organizations
    • Explore and understand the different types of impact organizations
    • Discuss the characteristics of the various impact organizations as well as the benefits and limitations to each
  • Funding Impact
    • Look at both new and traditional methods of funding impact from pure philanthropic models to earned revenue models to strategic impact investing
    • Explore and understand who is funding impact and their motivations
  • Finding Your Why
    • Explore and identify your personal values and their connection to your role in social impact
  • Transferring Your Skills for Impact
    • Introduce the range of ways people can use their professional skills, experience and networks to engage in social impact
    • Create a personal roadmap for getting started in the social impact sector
    • Participate in individual speed-coaching sessions to further hone your personal roadmap


Megan Kashner - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Social Impact, Kellogg Public-Private Interface; Founder and CEO, Benevolent

Elise Madrick - Academic Director; Associate Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership

Evelyn Fitzgerald - Executive Director, Social Venture Partners, Chicago

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald - Chief Program Officer, Common Impact

Tasha Seitz - Adjunct Lecturer of Global Initiatives in Management; Chief Investment Officer, Impact Engine; Chairman of the Board, Spark Ventures

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


This program is delivered in a live virtual format via the Zoom platform. Please visit our live virtual programs page for more information.

In-person Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.

Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Learn More

Please email or call us if you would like additional information about Nonprofit Programs

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208