Emerging Leaders Council


Chicago Commons Emerging Leaders Council (CELC) members commit their skills and energy toward impactful volunteerism, brand awareness and financial support for the organization. Comprised of young professionals, the board serves as a catalyst to ignite the next generation of Chicago Commons’ supporters. The CELC also hosts and plans one of Chicago Commons’ signature fundraising events, Pour Out Your Heart.

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.

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
  • Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (new members only, those who joined since April 1, 2018)
  • 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! Applications are due by January 25 at midnight. After completing your application, you can expect to hear from a representative within a week.

Application Form