Cohort Program


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 501(c)(3) OR lead an initiative within a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Address needs that align with Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Social Responsibility priorities:
- Caring for People
- Caring for Communities
- Caring for Others thru Food
- Caring for the Planet

Serve metro-Atlanta communities and other communities across the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico


  • April 27, 2023

    Application for the Accelerator cohort program opens

  • May 19, 2023

    Application deadline

  • July 1, 2023

    Announcement of awardees into the Accelerator cohort program

Apply Here

Program Details + Timeline

Path by Plywood

Virtual Meetings: July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 30, and September 6 at 12pm EST

Path is an interactive seven-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 • October 2 - 4, 2023 in Georgia

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 over 3 days. The training includes one 3-Day Retreat focused on Development and includes personalized advising.

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 Layers

Layers Sessions • Nov. 29, 2023, Jan. 17, 2024, Feb. 21, 2024, March 13, 2024, April 17, 2023

Layers exists to provide half-day 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