Board Member Boot Camp

Become an Effective Nonprofit Board Member

Training the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Want to serve on a nonprofit board?

Unclear of the role of a board member?

Not sure how to find the right board?

Board Member Boot Camp is a comprehensive, interactive, two-and-a-half day training and evening networking event for individuals interested in nonprofit board service. Participants will gain skills in topics such as board roles and responsibilities, understanding nonprofit financials, and fundraising basics through workshops, activities and panel discussions with current nonprofit board members. In addition to learning about board roles, Board Member Boot Camp participants will engage in conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in board development.

At the evening event, participants will meet with local organizations to explore ways to begin their nonprofit board service.

This training is designed for individuals with limited or no experience on nonprofit boards. The program is open to all.  Women-identified people are especially encouraged to apply. 

Get Started

Spring 2020 Boot Camp:

Currently the Spring program remains scheduled to meet in person in the Loop on the dates below. Any changes that are needed to be made will be updated to this page.

Registration is open through April 30, 2020. Registration is accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited so if registrations exceed capacity, preference will be given to those who have the least experience serving on a board, and are not currently on a nonprofit board. You will be notified if there is any change to your registration after the April 30 deadline.

To register complete the REGISTRATION FORM You'll receive a link for payment which will be due by mid-May. The program fee is $200. Need-based scholarships are available. If this applies to you, please indicate this on the registration form.

Saturday, June 6 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 13 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Networking Night on Wednesday, June 10 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm


  • Board Member Boot Camp is designed for those with no to limited nonprofit board service. Priority will be given to those who are not currently serving on a nonprofit board.
  • Participants are required to attend both Saturdays and Networking Night. If you are unable to do this, please register for a future program.

Stay Updated

Dates don't work for you? There will be another training in Fall 2020. Check back for updates or sign up for the interest list.

Alternatively, bring the program to your office! Read about the Board Boot Camp EXPRESS program.

Questions about Board Member Boot Camp? Email

Special thanks to American Express, the Polk Bros. Foundation and Grant Thornton LLP for supporting this program.