The Board Academy three-month curriculum consists of interactive classes, readings, experiential learning, and network building within the Charlottesville community.

Opening and closing sessions are a full day each with two hour workshops meeting every two weeks for two months. Sessions require advanced reading and outside classwork including a group project that spans the entire three-month program. Content covered in the Academy is detailed below.

Opening Day (Friday, March 3rd | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Brief history of nonprofits and why nonprofit governance matters
  • Roles and responsibilities of the board along with common board challenges
  • Identification of personal strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth

Strategy and Evaluation (Tuesday, March 14th | 6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Basic strategic differences between for-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • How the board role adds value in determining and delivering strategic objectives for the organization
  • Evaluating programs for relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency
  • How a board should measure and monitor its own performance

Fiscal Responsibility (Thursday, March 30th | 6:00-8:00 pm)

  • Key role of the board in promoting best business practices within a nonprofit
  • Risk and revenue strategies for sound board decision-making
  • Basic nonprofit financial statements

Change Management (Tuesday, April 11th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

  • Strategies for successfully managing change in an organization
  • How to assess fit when considering board service

Recruitment & Retention (Thursday, April 20th | 6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Board recruitment and retention strategies for recruiting and maintaining a diverse and balanced board
  • Concepts of age and racial/ethnic diversity and why they matter to board service

Resource Development (Tuesday, April 25th | 6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • The board’s integral role in the development of a fundraising strategy and in fundraising for the organization relative to its size
  • The key role boards play in relationship-building for an organization

Closing Day (Friday, May 12th | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Group project reporting
  • Strategies for successfully navigating board dynamics
  • Characteristics of high-performing boards
  • Academy review
  • Questions to ask before you consider board service

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