Set Your Business Talents on a Mission.

Direct Impact transforms rising stars of the private sector into highly-effective board leaders of the world’s most innovative social enterprises.

Now Accepting Applications

The application for the accelerated Spring Cohort of Direct Impact is now open. Deadline is March 1. | Apply →

Webinar + Q&A

Tune into a live webinar with Kate Hayes, our Program Director, to get insight into the Direct Impact application process and programming. The webinar will be followed by a quick Q+A session.
February 12, 12:00 PM ET | Register →

NYC Community Dinner

Join us for an informal night of food and conversation. This is a great opportunity for prospective applicants to learn more about Direct Impact, and interact with Alumni and Echoing Green staff. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!
February 27, 6:30 PM ET | RSVP →


Learn directly from nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, and community members so you develop the knowledge required to fully participate and contribute in the social change ecosystem.


Engage with communities around the globe, participating in individual, small, and large-group experiences, and practicing the leadership and governance processes you are learning.


Join a cohort of your peers for an experience that develops strong, lifelong relationships and a network of individuals who are equally dedicated to making the world a better place.

Direct Impact Graduate Maria Palmer

“Direct Impact solidified my understanding of how I can stay actively involved in the social sector without it being my primary job.”

Maria Palma

Director of Platform, RRE
Fall 2015 Cohort

Direct Impact Graduate Brandon Hoffman

“Direct Impact has given me a renewed sense of purpose for the work that I do and brought me into a community of amazing people with the same passion towards driving impact.”

Brandon Hoffman

Strategy, Samsung NEXT
Winter 2017 Cohort

Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting more than 700 visionaries around the world who are transforming their communities. Our innovative board leadership program is an initiative to accelerate private sector talent to have a direct impact on changing the world for the better.

Direct Impact participants see social change in action
Corporate and custom leadership trainings

Program Offerings

Extended 8-Week Program

Winter 2019 Cohort: Program runs January 11 – March 3, 2019.
Site visits: African Leadership Academy (Johannesburg, SA), and Center for Supportive Schools (Raleigh-Durham, NC)

A two-month cohort experience comprised of two three-day retreats and an immersive multi-day site visit with an Echoing Green Fellow organization. Upon completion, participants are invited into an alumni program and may seek board matching assistance.
Program fee: $8,500 per participant, includes all program retreats and on-the-ground travel (excludes airfare).

Accelerated 6-Day Intensive Program

Spring 2019 Cohort: Program runs May 6-12, 2019.
Site visit: Accountability Lab, Kathmandu, Nepal
Application deadline is March 1.
Contact with any questions.


An immersive program including four days of leadership development and governance training and two days of hands-on experience with an Echoing Green Fellow organization. Upon completion, participants are invited into an alumni program and may seek board matching assistance.
Program fee: $8,500 per participant, includes all program retreats and on-the-ground travel (excludes airfare).

Workshops and Custom Trainings

Half-day, full-day, and customized workshop offerings include nonprofit governance training, a personal leadership audit and purpose-statement development, and discussions on the principles of exceptional board leadership. Send inquiries to program director Kate Hayes:

For more information regarding all Direct Impact programming opportunities, please see our FAQ.

Direct Impact Graduate Gilbertson Cuffy

“I assumed I would learn how to be an effective board member. I did not know this program was also going to be an executive coaching, leadership skills building, reflective journey.”

Gilbertson Cuffy

Director of Digital Marketing, PepsiCo
Winter 2017 Cohort

Direct Impact Graduate Allison Lessne

“I think the biggest impact was the relationships formed with my fellow cohort members — hearing their experiences and working together collaboratively and honestly was an amazing experience.”

Allison Lessne

Business Manager, Sustainable Investing, BlackRock
Spring 2018 Cohort

Past Worksite Immersions

Uganda Site Visit

FundiBots, Uganda

Fall 2015 Cohort

Nepal Site Visit

Accountability Lab, Nepal

Spring 2016 Cohort

El Salvador Site Visit

ConTextos, El Salvador

Fall 2015 Cohort

Direct Impact Graduate Tamara Hove

“I feel better equipped to apply my existing private sector knowledge in a nonprofit board capacity and was presented with varying options as a result of site visits and networking.”

Tamara Hove

Senior Compliance Manager, AIG
Winter 2017 Cohort

Direct Impact Graduate Marques Zak

“Direct Impact pushed me to be more thoughtful about my own career, pursuing experiences that will shape me into the executive, and the leader, I want to be.”

Marques Zak

Finance Director, PepsiCo
Spring 2016 Cohort

For more information on the program and application, email

For partnership inquiries, email program director Kate Hayes

Echoing Green is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Attendees of the retreats and all related gatherings are expected to follow our Community Code of Conduct.