2023 Board Academy Application Deadline

The Board Academy prepares community members for board and committee service in nonprofits, municipal government, and community organizations. In doing so, CNE builds the capacity of our community to effectively meet future challenges by creating an ever-expanding web of trained, committed board members. 

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 through October 31, 2022.


Program Schedule

Board Academy 2023 will take place from late January to early June with two full-day workshops (opening and closing) and 11 other evening 2-hour sessions (roughly 3 per month, February to May). See full calendar of dates here.  Between meetings, participants will complete assigned readings and activities and advance an individual, capstone project. 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.

Board Academy requires 42 hours of class-time over 16 weeks in the form of two full-day workshops, seven 2-hour evening workshops, and 6 mock board meetings, as well as preparatory reading and an independent project.

Tuition and Financial Support

The cost for participation is $1,600 for CNE members and $2,500 for nonmembers.

CNE offers a limited number of substantial scholarships. Scholarship applications are evaluated on an individual basis once 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 staff@thecne.org or 434-244-3330.


Do you know someone else who would benefit from this program? Submit a nomination!

For more information check out our Board Academy page.

Topic Leadership
When Monday, October 31, 2022 -
Where Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Trainer Board Academy Trainers
Member Fee $1,600.00
Non-Member Fee $2,500.00