Board Connection


Harness your skills. Empower our community. 

What does it take to become a rockstar nonprofit board member? Enrolling in our FULLY VIRTUAL Spring 2022 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 spring’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!


SPRING 2022 Schedule

Nonprofit Board Membership 101
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 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
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 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.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Becoming a fundraising pro. Learning how to fundraise effectively from a nonprofit development pro. 

Nuts & Bolts: Finance and Governance
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 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, April 27, 2022 | 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 local nonprofits attending the 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. 

If you are part of a nonprofit that is looking for board/committee members, our organization sign up for the Agency Fair has closed as we have reached our cap number of nonprofits. You may sign your organization up for our Agency Fair waitlist here.

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