Nonprofit Board Certification & Matching

  • Build Confidence for Board Service

  • Give Back With Your Skills

  • Meet Like-Minded Professionals

Learn About What It Takes to Serve on a Nonprofit Board

We’re offering a seven-week virtual course to help professionals prepare for effective nonprofit board service. After program completion, you will be awarded a Nonprofit Board Service Certificate from the University of San Diego, and be connected to nonprofits in need of board members.

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Who Should Participate?

People who care about social issues and are interested in contributing their time and skills to nonprofit boards:

  • Current or aspiring board members who seek to advance their general board governance knowledge and increase leadership potential
  • Nonprofit staff whose roles include working directly with board members

Program Benefits

A Nonprofit Board Service Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and experience to feel confident serving and leading nonprofit boards. You will also:

  • Increase your impact
  • Connect with local nonprofits in need of board members with your area of expertise
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Learn about effective governance of nonprofits
  • Meet like-minded people and network with other leaders
  • Find a nonprofit board of your interest who needs your expertise

Topics Covered

  • How to govern in a virtual world

  • Importance of building a diverse and equitable board of directors

  • Legal, financial, and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit board members

  • Identifying the right board to join

  • Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead” and BoardSource’s “12 Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards” curricula

Cost & Application

Apply now to be part of our next cohort this fall. The deadline to submit your application is September 10, 2021.

Upon acceptance into the program, a $1,000 program fee is due before the first training session. Details about payment options will be sent out with decision notifications.

We offer a 10% discount on the program fee to LEAD San Diego participants and alumni, as well as employees of 501(c)3 organizations.

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Next Cohort

September 2021

Dates: September 21 – November 2, 2021
Times: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
every Tuesday morning

This program requires a commitment of 2.5 hours per week “in class,” with additional discussions and readings as assigned.

Upcoming Cohorts

We have ongoing programs throughout the year to accommodate your schedule. Sign up for updates about upcoming nonprofit board member cohort dates.


About UWSD’s Commitment to Nonprofit Board Member Training

Given our history of partnering with a wide range of individuals in the private and public sectors, United Way of San Diego County is keenly aware of the value and lasting change that dedicated community members can offer to the nonprofit sector. In partnership with The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego, UWSD offers a Nonprofit Board Service Certification program designed to help professionals use their skills and experience to move boards forward in an ever-changing world. Through this innovative program, we also build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in San Diego and across the country. We work to pair certified program participants with organizations working in their area of interest that have a need for their specific skills and expertise.