Board Connection

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

United Way’s Board Connection event brings together professionals seeking meaningful community leadership opportunities with local nonprofits looking to strengthen their volunteer boards. This year’s 20th Annual Board Connection registration is now open! 



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 prepares 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 meet and network with local nonprofit organizations that have open board positions.

Dates and Information for the Agency Fair and Board Training Sessions are below.


Monday, June 10, 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm

125 High Street
Boston, MA
14th Floor Connections Space


John Hancock, Back Bay Offices
197 Clarendon Street or 200 Berkeley

Session 1: Nonprofit 101
May 1st 5:00-7:30pm
This introductory session focuses on the critical aspects of nonprofit Boards. We present an overview of what joining a nonprofit board means, thoughts to consider, and what questions to ask. We 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 8th 5:00-7:30pm
This session is an excellent opportunity to learn about nonprofit Finance and Governance topics, 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 sets you apart from other prospective Board Members, teaching you how to be fully engaged in all aspects of Board membership.

Session 3: Fundraising
May 15th 5:00-7:30pm
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 have some hands-on practice and hear a leading nonprofit development professional share what they look for in a Board Member.

Session 4: Hot Topic: Diversity and Inclusion/Young Professional Groups and Affinity Groups Session
May 22nd 5:00-7:30pm
At this session, we present an overview of the importance of diversity and inclusion on a nonprofit Board and highlight key data points from leading studies. We discuss how individuals can engage in nonprofit committees, councils, and affinity groups including young professionals, women, minorities, and more.



If you have any questions about the Board Connection Certificate Program and training, please contact Emily Stanford at

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