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Harness your skills. Empower our community.

Serving on a nonprofit board can be an incredible opportunity to enact lasting, impactful change by influencing and informing decisions that make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in your community.

Enroll in our Spring 2023 Board Connection Program, March 23rd – April 13th!

Enrollment closes two days before each session starts. 
You can attend any number of sessions, but you need to pass 3 or more for a certificate.

The fully virtual 4-part Spring 2023 Board Connection course has something to teach everyone, whether you’re new to a board or a long-serving member. The training dives into topics ranging from board governance to applying principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and so much more.

United Way is committed to diversifying nonprofit board membership in our region. Having diverse board membership ensures committees are representative and inclusive of, and responsive to, the populations and communities they work to support. Plus, serving on a board can help employees feel more connected to their communities and grounded in their organization’s work.


As we work together to increase diversity on nonprofit boards, United Way’s corporate partner Sun Life Financial is sponsoring spots for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ individuals to register for Board Connection’s Spring 2023 courses at no cost. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Carolyn Grimes, Director, Board Connection,

Spring 2023 Course Schedule

Nonprofit Board Membership 101 and Governance
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
This introductory session dives into the critical aspects of nonprofit boards with a panel of nonprofit professionals and board members sharing their advice and most challenging experiences to give you an overview of what it really means to join a nonprofit board.

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
This session dives into one of the most important aspects of board membership: fundraising! We’ll learn how to do it effectively, as well as gain insight from a leading development pro about what they look for in a board member.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
In this session, we’ll learn how to become a force for racial justice in your organization. Exploring what diversity, equity, and inclusion really mean, how you can bring this lens to your board work and several common issues that get in the way of effective DEI strategies.

Nuts & Bolts: Finance 
Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM
In this session we get into the nitty-gritty of nonprofit finance and topics, including D&O insurance, the 990 form, and what a healthy nonprofit budget looks like.

Board Connection Platform

United Way’s Board Connection platform provides a critical resource to the Greater Boston community, connecting mission-driven individuals and local nonprofits to form long-lasting partnerships. Create a profile, browse or post open board positions, and communicate back and forth.

All training sessions are run through the Board Connection 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 and would like to share this opportunity, please complete this survey.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Grimes, Director Board Connection at