United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Board Connection

Use your skills. Share your passion. Impact your community.

United Way’s 19th Annual Board Connection event brings together professionals seeking meaningful community leadership opportunities with local nonprofits looking to strengthen their volunteer boards.

Our Board Connection Certificate Program, presented in partnership with John Hancock, is a comprehensive curriculum led by professionals from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The program will prepare you for what it really means to be an outstanding nonprofit board member.

The training sessions culminate with the Board Connection Agency Fair, where participants will meet and network with local nonprofit organizations that have open board positions.

Guests who have not completed the certificate program are still welcome to attend the Board Connection Agency Fair held on May 23, 2018.


Board Connection Agency Fair

Wednesday, May 23rd | 5:00 – 7:30 PM
5:00 – 6:00 PM: Networking for VIP and United Way Board Connection Certificate Professionals
6:00 – 7:30 PM: General Public
Copley Marriott
Back Bay Hall, 3rd floor
Boston, MA

Board Connection Training Sessions

Session 1: Nonprofit 101
April 24, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
PwC, 101 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
This introductory session focuses on the critical aspects of nonprofit Boards. We will present an overview of what joining a nonprofit board means, thoughts to consider, and what questions to ask. We will have a panel of nonprofit professionals and Board Members share their advice along with their best and most challenging Board experiences.

Session 2: Nuts and Bolts, Finance and Governance
May 2, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
United Way, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston
This session is an excellent opportunity to learn about nonprofit Finance and Governance, such as what is D & O Insurance (and why you shouldn’t join a Board without it!); how to read a 990 form; and what a healthy nonprofit budget looks like. This course will set you apart from other prospective Board Members, teaching you how to be fully engaged in all aspects of Board membership.

Session 3: Fundraising
May 9, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
PwC, 101 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Take a deep dive into one of the most important responsibilities of Board membership – fundraising! It can be intimidating for some, exhilarating for others – either way, we want to set you up for success. This is a working session where we will have some hands-on practice and hear a leading nonprofit development professional share what she looks for in a Board Member.

Session 4: Hot Topic: Diversity and Inclusion/Young Professional Groups and Affinity Groups
May 16, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
United Way, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston
At this session, we will with an overview focused on the importance of diversity and inclusion on a nonprofit Board and highlight key data points from leading studies. We will discuss how individuals can engage in nonprofit committees, councils, and affinity groups including young professionals, women, minorities, and more.

For more information and group rates, contact Cece Chung at cchung@supportunitedway.org.

$25 per session or $100 for 4 Board Training Certification sessions and the Board Connection event.