Board Connection


Harness your skills. Empower our community. 

What does it take to become a stand-out nonprofit board member? Enrolling in our FULLY VIRTUAL Fall 2021 Board Connection Program! Whether it’s your first time on a board or you’re a veteran looking to hone your skills, this 4-part course has something to teach everyone. The training dives into everything from governance to diversity, equity, and inclusion and so much more. We close with an agency fair that gives you the opportunity to connect one-on-one with local organizations looking for board members.   


United Way is excited to partner with Sun Life during this fall’s Board Connection program to increase the diversity of nonprofit boards in our regions. To that end, Sun Life is sponsoring spots for BIPOC individuals to register for United Way’s Board Connection trainings and Agency Fair. To claim your free spot, click below!


Fall 2021 Schedule

Nonprofit Board Membership 101
Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Diving into the critical basics. Featuring a panel of nonprofit professionals and board members sharing their advice and most challenging experiences.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Becoming a force for racial justice in your organization. Exploring what diversity, equity, and inclusion really mean and sharing how you can bring this lens to your board work.  

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Becoming a fundraising pro. Learning how to fundraise effectively from a nonprofit development pro. 

Nuts & Bolts: Finance and Governance
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Getting into the nitty-gritty. Covering nonprofit finance and governance topics, including D&O insurance, the 990 form and what a healthy nonprofit budget looks like. 

Agency Fair
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Getting to know you! Choose 6 nonprofits to meet with one-on-one and get to know more about their mission and what they look for in a board member.  Check out a list of agencies signed up for the Agency Fair here.

Board Connection Platform

United Way’s BoardConnection platform provides a critical resource to the Greater Boston community, connecting mission-driven individuals and local nonprofits to form long-lasting partnerships. Create profile, browse or post open board positions and communicate back and forth. The best part? The platform is free. All training sessions as well as the Agency Fair will be run through the BoardConnection platform. Upon registration, you will be provided with instructions on how to create your profile in order to gain access to the sessions. 

Organization sign up for our Agency Fair has closed as we have reached our cap number of nonprofits. If you are part of a nonprofit that is looking for board/committee members and are interested in the Agency Fair, please sign up for our waitlist here. A United Way representative will be in contact with you should a spot open up.

If you have any questions about the Board Connection Program, please contact Katie Padmore at

Thank you to our sponsorS