Board Chairs Academy
Putting The Basics of Strategic Nonprofit Governance to Work in Your Nonprofit Organization

Since 2006, Board Chairs Academy has invited nonprofit boards of directors to seriously consider their succession planning efforts and seriously prepare the next generation for board leadership. The Academy’s comprehensive approach, which has benefitted over 200 nonprofits and their boards in the United States and Canada, was created by nonprofit leaders to provide the necessary tools and knowledge for incoming and promising board chairs to succeed. Using a cohort learning model of up to six participants per participating organization, Board Chairs Academy is designed to evolve a culture of effective nonprofit governance and leadership succession through a combination of seminars, participant workbook, tools, roundtables and experienced professional support. Board Chairs’ Academy is based on the principle of “Governance as Stewardship.”

The training modules, discussions and tools of Boards Chairs Academy are based on the following principals:

  • Strategic governance is a board rooted in advancing “a community cause”
  • Effective governance is focused on sustainability, resiliency and impact
  • Visible governance is the result of an advocacy responsibility that builds community equity for the cause
  • Prudent governance is aggressive about building both financial and human capital to advance a cause
  • Successful governance is committed to a continuity of future leadership and succession planning



The Art of Nonprofit Leadership                                          November 2

The Science of Board Development                                    December 14 

Board Involvement in Fundraising                                      January 14

Succession Planning for Nonprofit Organizations            February 8

Cultivating Board and Management Relations                   March 8

The Strategic Nonprofit and Its Board                                 April 5


A Certificate of Completion is Presented to Those Who Attend Five or More Sessions

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