The Board Chairs Academy creates a comprehensive community-based and stewardship-driven nonprofit board learning experience for charitable organizations, associations, labor unions, and congregations to advance their cause.

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.

BADGE Board Chairs Academy

The Board Chairs Academy's comprehensive approach to nonprofit board learning has helped over 600 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.

Using a cohort learning model welcoming up to six participants per organization, Board Chairs Academy is designed to evolve a culture of effective nonprofit governance using a robust learning model of seminar training, a participant workbook and toolkit, tools, roundtables, and professional support by Third Sector Company senior leadership.


The Strategic Board of Directors

Online Presentation and Roundtable on June 4 & June 12


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.
  • Nine experiences to support diverse learning styles and to be available at different times in the cycle of board governance like online discussion groups, on-site board consultation, and professional coaching.

To see more about the Board Chairs Academy Experience 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

#1 Board Governance: Practicing the Art of Nonprofit Leadership

The first session explores the attributes of governance as it relates specifically to the nonprofit business model. We challenge participants to recognize...

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#2 Board Development: Evolving a Board to Its Potential

Governing an evolving organization requires an evolving board of directors. This session provides an overview of how to develop a dynamic board...

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#3 Resource Development: Building Community Equity

Sustainable resource development is the product of a fundraising culture. The third seminar challenges participants to analyze their current fundraising cultures...

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#4 Succession Planning: Assuring a Continuity of Leadership

Assuring a continuity of leadership is one of the most important ways to create a sustainable future for nonprofit organizations. This seminar provides...

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#5 Board & Executive Relations: Leveraging a Partnership for Community Results

A board’s relationship with its chief executive officer sets the tone for understanding the dynamic between governance and management in a nonprofit organization...

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#6 Stategic Board: Fostering Innovation to Advance a 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.