Board Academy

The Board Academy builds the capacity of our community to effectively meet future challenges by creating an ever-expanding web of trained, committed board members.

We encourage individuals from our diverse population, particularly younger emerging leaders, and those from historically underrepresented parts of our community, those individuals identified by companies who have an interest in developing their up-and coming leaders, and existing board members who wish to improve their performance to apply to the Board Academy.

The academy is a well-run program with excellent administration and instructors who are seasoned professionals from the nonprofit sector. I gained so much insight about board governance, nonprofit accounting, fundraising, and recruitment, just to name a few. Although I have served on community boards for over 20 years, I now feel that I have the tools necessary to serve more effectively.

Andre Luck, Piedmont Virginia Community College

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Time Frame

Enrollment in the three-month program begins in the late fall. Classes begin in the early spring.


Tuition for CNE members is $850

Tuition for non-CNE members is $1,000

Scholarships are available, but limited. Partial scholarships are evaluated on an individual basis once participants have been selected.


The three-month curriculum consists of interactive classes, readings, experiential learning, and network building within the Charlottesville community. Sessions require advanced reading and outside classwork including a group project that spans the entire three-month program. The schedule entails two full-days and four evening workshops. Topics covered include:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Strategy and evaluation
  • Collaboration
  • Board fiscal responsibilities
  • Board recruitment and retention
  • Board’s role in philanthropy
  • Navigating board dynamics

Questions? Contact Program Manager, Andrew Robinson

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Contact Us

Center for Nonprofit Excellence
1701-A Allied Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Office Hours

Mon – Thurs: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM