Cohort Program


Chick-fil-A Impact Accelerator helps nonprofit organizations take their support of children, families, and neighborhoods to the next level. By providing training, support and resources – and fostering connections with fellow nonprofit leaders and changemakers - Chick-fil-A Impact Accelerator helps nonprofit organizations have a greater long-term impact on children and contribute to the overall empowerment of our communities.

Following the conference, participants are invited to apply for a grant to gain additional in-depth training, development and networking through a 10-month cohort program.

To qualify for the Chick-fil-A Impact Accelerator you must:

Be the founder or executive director of a nonprofit 501c3 OR lead an initiative within a 501c3 nonprofit organization

Work in the impact areas of education, hunger, and community

Serve metro-Atlanta communities


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  • May 20, 2021

    Application for the Accelerator cohort program opens

  • June 11, 2021

    Application deadline

  • July 1, 2021

    Announcement of awardees into the Accelerator cohort program

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Program Details + Timeline

Path by Plywood

August / September, 2021

Path is an interactive six-week online course designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea. This course gives you insight on the "who, why and how" upon which you will build the foundation of your organization. You will be asked the hard questions and will be introduced to a community of support.

By participating in Path, you can expect:

  • To follow a proven problem-solving method that has been implemented by hundreds of people before you

  • To learn from 24 leading social entrepreneurs

  • To answer thoughtful questions with the opportunity to give and receive feedback from your peers

  • To attend a weekly video call with others in the course, led by a Plywood People facilitator

  • A personal invitation to continue the community engagement with an invitation to our private Facebook community group

Plywood Foundations

The Retreat • Fall 2021

The Half Day Sessions • Fall 2021

As nonprofit leaders purpose continues to grow, there is a growing need to help leaders continue to hone their skills, receive feedback about their projects, and be encouraged to move their ideas to the next level. This is the purpose of Foundations.

Foundations is an intensive and immersive curriculum that takes place with a small group over the course of four months. The training includes one 3-Day Retreat and 3 Half-Day Coaching Sessions.

By participating in Foundations, you can expect:

  • To learn the ten foundational categories an organization needs their pulse on to succeed

  • To be introduced and advised by advisors on each category

  • To create, update and complete a Business Model Canvas

  • To receive strategic support and accountability

Plywood Presents Conference

August 12, 2021

Cohort awardees are also invited to Plywood People’s separate annual conference in August.  Plywood Presents is a gathering of social entrepreneurial startups and change-makers doing good.

Plywood Layers

Layers Sessions • January - May, 2022

Layers exists to provide monthly coaching for you and your organization. Through group advice, built-in accountability and access to a strong network of mentors, this is Plywood People's way of offering intentional and ongoing support to nonprofit leaders.

As a Layers member, you can expect:

  • To have consistent community and deeper relationships with a group of like-minded leaders

  • The ability to be heard and known in a small group setting

  • Introductions to Plywood Advisors

  • An opportunity to talk through tensions, and to offer and receive feedback