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. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Get Started

Spring 2018 BOOT CAMP:
Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Evening Networking with Nonprofit Organizations:
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Grant Thornton LLP
171 N. Clark Street; Chicago, IL 60601

Board Member Boot Camp is designed for those with no to limited non-profit board service. This spring cohort is limited to 15 participants. Applications will only be considered if they are complete, and if the applicant is able to attend the full day on both Saturday workdays. Notification of acceptance into the program will be received in early May. 

$150 - early registration due by Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
$200 - registration due by Monday, April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Payment due upon acceptance into the program.
Need-based scholarships are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Abby at for more information. 


Fall 2018 BOOT CAMP:
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Evening Networking with Nonprofit Organizations:
Thursday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Stay Updated

Dates don't work for you? There will be another training in Spring 2019. Check back for updates.
Alternatively, bring the program to your office! Read about the Board Boot Camp EXPRESS program.

Questions about Board Member Boot Camp?
Contact eli marsh, philanthropic education officer, at (312)577-2825 or

Special thanks to American Express,  The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust,
the Polk Bros. Foundation and Grant Thornton LLP for supporting this program.