Who should apply to Board Academy?
- Service-oriented community members curious about serving on a nonprofit board
- Community leaders interested in board service
- New/less-experienced board members
- Experienced board members
Board Academy is open both to those new to board service as well as more experienced board members. We strongly encourage younger emerging leaders and those from historically underrepresented communities to apply.
Why should you apply to Board Academy?
Participants become more effective board members by:
- Gaining a strong understanding of board governance in the nonprofit sector,
- Honing their collaborative skills, and
- Preparing them to address the systemic inequities ingrained in nonprofit organizations and institutions.
When should you apply to Board Academy?
Applications will be accepted now through November 5, 2023.
“I love that we are digging into an actual scenario. Every example…is gold!”
“I appreciate all the tools and information shared, and the fact that it was an opportunity to continue to keep the issues that my nonprofit needs most to the front of my mind was important. I imagine it would do the same for any participant regardless of the life phase their nonprofit is in.”
“I wouldn’t have had the confidence to volunteer without having gone through the Board Academy. It really prepared me for the realities and gave me confidence I could handle whatever came up!”
“I appreciated getting to learn from other students with diverse backgrounds. I feel more a part of C’ville and the nonprofit community.”
Through a series of interactive workshops, Board Academy will take you beyond the basics of board roles and responsibilities to give you an in-depth understanding of the board’s role in:
- Community Engagement & Advocacy
- Board Recruitment & Onboarding
The structure of the program emphasizes:
- Current trends in governance and the nonprofit sector
- The application of concepts through practical examples and case studies
- Individualized, independent projects
- Creating a community of peers
As a Board Academy graduate, you’ll be given opportunities to further your learning through mentorships, group coaching, fellowships, and access to our community of over 200 Board Academy alumni.
Photos by Eze Amos
Program Schedule for 2024
Board Academy 2024 will take place from late January to late May, requiring five immersive full-day in-person workshops and four virtual evening sessions. See full calendar here. Active participation in Board Academy requires a time commitment for learning and engagement, and we ask that applicants be willing to commit to attending all scheduled sessions.
The successful completion of Board Academy entails a time investment of over 40 hours across a 16-week period. This will be facilitated through five dynamic full-day workshops held in-person in Charlottesville, and an additional six mock board meetings conducted online. Between meetings, participants will complete assigned readings and activities and engage in individual self-reflection.
Tuition and Financial Support
The cost for participation is $1,600 for CNE members and $2,500 for nonmembers.
CNE offers substantial need-based scholarships. Scholarship applications are evaluated on an individual basis after participants have been selected. Scholarship applicants can also apply for an additional childcare subsidy.
We strongly believe that diversity of experience contributes to strong board leadership. We actively encourage anyone interested in serving their community to consider applying for Board Academy.
Questions? Contact Senior Manager of Learning and Impact, Brian T. Ullman.
American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodations requests to CNE at email@example.com or 434-244-3330.
Do you know someone else who would benefit from this program? Submit a nomination!