Emerging Leaders Council

Mission

The mission of the Chicago Commons Emerging Leaders Council (CELC) is to support Chicago Commons’ work to empower children, families and seniors with tools they need to overcome barriers and thrive for generations to come. Working alongside Chicago Commons’ executive board and staff, CELC fulfills this mission through community engagement, awareness, fundraising, and impactful volunteerism.

Emerging Leaders Council (CELC) membership includes mentorship from Governing Board members and leadership opportunities. It also includes networking with professionals in and around Chicago.

Age range: 25-45 (this is approximate)

  • $500 yearly give/get fundraising requirement
  • Engage in at least one volunteer opportunity for Chicago Commons
  • Participate in monthly meetings, which are held on Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Give/Get Fundraising Minimum of $500

Examples of what items count towards the give/get requirement:

  • Raise $500 for Chicago Commons via fundraising efforts
  • Any donation made to Chicago Commons
  • Securing in-kind donation of meeting space, food and beverages for meetings (value of donation)
  • Recruiting guests to fundraising events including the annual golf outing and the Pour Out Your Heart wine tasting event (value of tickets sold)

Mission

The mission of the Chicago Commons Emerging Leaders Council (CELC) is to support Chicago Commons’ work to empower children, families and seniors with tools they need to overcome barriers and thrive for generations to come. Working alongside Chicago Commons’ executive board and staff, CELC fulfills this mission through community engagement, awareness, fundraising, and impactful volunteerism.

Benefits of CELC membership include mentorship opportunities from Chicago Commons’ Governing Board members, leadership opportunities, quarterly volunteer opportunities, name recognition on the website and event materials, and networking with professionals in and around Chicago. CELC also plays a key role in hosting and planning this years’ 125th anniversary celebration, Generations of Generosity.

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Age range: 25-45 (this is approximate)

For more information, please email Emma Walsh at walshe@chicagocommons.org. If interested in joining CELC, please fill out our application found below.

General Membership Requirements

For overall effectiveness and impact, CELC members must meet all general requirements during each season of membership (January 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019), as outlined below.

  • $500 yearly give/get fundraising requirement
  • Engage in at least one volunteer opportunity for Chicago Commons
  • Participate in majority of monthly meetings or conference calls, which are held on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm

Give/Get Fundraising Requirement Minimum of $500

Examples of what items count towards the give/get requirement:

  • Raise $500 for Chicago Commons via individual fundraising efforts
  • Any donation made to Chicago Commons (examples include recurring donations, donations made for major campaigns)
  • Securing in-kind donation of meeting space, food and beverages for meetings (value of donation)
  • Recruiting guests to fundraising events including the annual golf outing and the Pour Out Your Heart wine tasting event (value of tickets sold)

Securing any of the following for our Chicago Commons fundraising events including the annual golf outing and the Pour Out Your Heart wine tasting event:

  • Ticket sales
  • Silent auction items
  • Sponsorships
  • In-kind donations of products or services
  • Winning bids on silent auction items
  • Any additional fundraising opportunities as they arise throughout the year

Note: Only fundraising revenue generating items are counted towards the give/get. For example, the collection of donations (i.e. backpacks, blankets, food) do NOT count towards the give/get requirement. In-kind items such as silent auction items DO count towards give/get because they bring in fundraising revenue.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in joining Chicago Commons Emerging Leaders Council! After completing your application, you can expect to hear from a representative within a week.

Application Form