Board Connection

We are excited to announce that our Board Connection Program will be completely virtual this fall!

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.

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. 

Register now for our Fall 2020 Virtual Board Connection Program!



Check out our agenda for this fall:

Nonprofit Board Membership 101
Thursday, October 8, 2020
9:00AM – 11:30AM
This introductory session dives into all the critical aspects of nonprofit boards.  A live panel of nonprofit professionals and board members will share their advice along with their best and most challenging board experiences to give you an overview of what joining a nonprofit board really means, thoughts to consider, and what questions to ask.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, October 15, 2020
9:00AM – 11:30AM
Learn how to become a force for racial justice in your organization. We’ll get into what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean and how you can bring this important lens into your board work as well as some key issues that get in the way of effective DEI strategies.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
9:00AM – 11:30AM
Here, we get into one of the most important responsibilities of board membership: fundraising! It can be intimidating for some and exhilarating for others. But not to worry, we’re here to set you up for success. Plus, you’ll get some insight from a leading nonprofit development pro about what they look for in a board member.

Nuts & Bolts: Finance and Governance
Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00AM – 11:30AM
In this session we get into the nitty-gritty of nonprofit finance and governance topics, including:

  • Explaining D&O insurance (and why you shouldn’t join a board without it)
  • How to read a 990 form
  • What a healthy nonprofit budget looks like

Agency Fair
Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:00PM – 7:30PM
To close, you have the opportunity to participate in a mini meet and greet to get to know the organizations you’re interested in a bit better. Choose 6 nonprofits to meet with for a one-on-one and dive deeper into their mission and what they look for in a board member.

To sign up as an agency for our Board Connection Agency Fair, please complete this survey.

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