Board Chairs Academy is a six-month online learning and virtual community experience to help board members to excel at providing strategic governance to their favorite causes.

Celebrating the diversity of volunteer leaders who strengthen communities, the Academy welcomes people who serve on boards of charitable organizations, associations and congregations to understand and apply the principles of community movements and generative governance, methods for developing boards and inviting deeper board engagement, and emerging responsibilities in a new era of community service.

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Since 2006 Third Sector Company has invited organizations to a cohort learning environment to consider their commitment to critical issues in the nonprofit sector and preparing the next generation for board leadership while enhancing the relationship between board members and its executive management.

The Board Chairs Academy's comprehensive approach to nonprofit board learning has helped over 400 nonprofits in the United States and Canada. It was created by nonprofit leaders to provide the necessary tools and knowledge for incoming and promising board chairs to succeed.


UPCOMING


Board Development: Individual Module

November 5 & 17, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM PT

Board Chairs Academy: Open Introduction

Friday, November 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

Board Chairs Academy: Class #24

January to June 2021, Wednesday Lunch & Learns, 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM PT

 

Carole Zavala of Laguna Beach, California shares how your leaders can learn from attending Board Chairs Academy.


The Board Chairs Academy Experience


Board Chairs Academy is designed to ensure participants receive access to best practices in nonprofit strategic board governance developed by Third Sector Company since 2006, which includes:

  • Combining the first-hand experience of trainers and participants with outstanding authors, research findings, and other published works by leading institutions such as BoardSource .
  • Multiple opportunities to participate in a community of peers that connects leaders of boards to the professional community of Third Sector Company for information-sharing, counsel, and support.
  • Prescribed action steps and support programs to methodically evolve boards and board members to advance their nonprofit organizations, associations, and congregations through deliberate and defined acts of stewardship.
  • Organizational registration also includes three hours of complimentary board consultation by a Third Sector Company Senior Advisor, 150 pages of resource materials for each participant, access to six Board Chairs Academy Roundtables for additional discussions with other Academy participants, and access to a private LinkedIn Group.

For more about Board Chairs Academy view the Fact Sheet.


"Simply put, this training was the best I have experienced in my years as a nonprofit leader. Board members participate with you – this is key! The Board Chairs Academy draws them in in ways we can’t as Executive Directors and there is dedicated session time to discuss and plan. The six-part series, over six months, means sustained learning which is way better than the ‘one-shot' seminars we are used to attending."

Paul Knox, CEO, United Way of Thurston County



"I want you to know how much I appreciated the class and how valuable it was for me. As a life-long learner and a long-time director, I have attended many trainings over the years. This training was targeted at a high level, filled with pearls of wisdom that made me stop and think, and timely for the issues our organization is dealing with. I truly benefited from and found inspiration in each session. Having board members share in the learning is such a great benefit!"

Patty Belmonte, CEO, Hands On Children's Museum


Board Chairs Academy Sessions

Six Progressive Topics and 21 Hours of Cohort Learning
Essential to Effective Board and Community Leadership of Your Nonprofit Organization

Board Governance: Advancing the Art of Governing a Community Cause

The first two session explores the attributes of governance as it relates specifically to the nonprofit business model. Participants are challenged...

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Board Development: Evolving a Board to Its Potential

Governing an evolving organization requires an evolving board of directors. These two sessions will provide an overview of how to develop a dynamic board...

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Resource Development: Building Community Equity

Sustainable resource development is the product of a fundraising culture. This pair of session challenges participants to analyze their current fundraising cultures...

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Leadership Succession Planning: Assuring a Continuity of Leadership

Assuring a continuity of leadership is one of the most important forms of resource development for a sustainable future. These two sessions offer...

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Board & Executive Relations: Leveraging a Partnership for Community Results

The relationship that a board has with its chief executive officer sets the tone for understanding the dynamic between governance and management in a nonprofit organization...

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Generative Board: Fostering Innovation to Advance the Cause

Board Chairs Academy culminates with a discussion about the attributes of a strategic organization, which is the result of strategic governance in action...

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Help Your Board Leaders To Advance Your Cause

No nonprofit board learning program on the market can match the intensity, comprehensiveness, materials, incremental learning processes, and outcomes of Board Chairs Academy.