ECL @ Illinois

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Thank you for considering United Way's ECL @ Illinois program!

Emerging Community Leaders (ECL) is a personal development program designed for professionals to learn how they can impact our community through nonprofit volunteerism. 

ECL @ Illinois brings all the content of our award-winning ECL Program to campus. Since 2005, over six hundred people have graduated from ECL.

By offering the program on-campus, we are making ECL more accessible and helping you meet community-minded faculty and staff from across campus.

The ECL @ Illinois program is offered FREE OF CHARGE thanks to support from the Office of the Chancellor and the United Way Board of Directors.

Click here to read a note from Chancellor Robert J. Jones regarding the ECL @ Illinois program!

About the ECL @ Illinois Program

ECL’s structured like a class – but with no grades or tests

You’ll join together with other professionals for our four educational seminars:

  • Nonprofit Basics
  • How to be an effective Board/Committee member
  • Fundraising for Impact
  • Finding your best volunteer fit

You will put your new knowledge to work by participating in a team project that addresses a community challenge identified by United Way.

We will also plan social and volunteer events throughout the year. At the conclusion of our program, we'll celebrate your accomplishments with a Graduation event.

What You Will Learn

ECL graduates have the skill set necessary to become effective nonprofit volunteers, committee members, or board members. Plus, you’ll have made new friends with your fellow ECL members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find answers to some common questions about the program.

How to Apply

Our next program will be held in 2023. Please fill out the form below to receive a notification when the application opens! 

For specific questions, contact Salvo Rodriquez at United Way of Champaign County.

ECL 2023 Interest List

Please list an email address you will have access to January 2023!
Please let us know the name of the person or organization that referred you to ECL!