Education, Training, & Events

Take your nonprofit’s leadership to the next level. BoardSource offers a variety of training and education programs to help strengthen and support board performance.


Nonprofit board education and training is a vital part of any board’s development. Whether board members need help mastering their responsibilities in order to better govern an organization, or your chief executive wants to strengthen the board-staff partnership, enhanced educational offerings can help you achieve your goals. From in-person training sessions to our two-day, biennial conference, you can find the training that is right for you. Explore our offerings and consider how your board would benefit from sessions tailored to your organization’s needs and individual board members’ skills.

BoardSource Leadership Forum

BoardSource gathers more than 1,000 board members, chief executives, staff, and nonprofit professionals for two days to discuss the newest thinking and best practices in nonprofit governance and leadership. Through plenary sessions, workshops, discussions, presentations, and networking events, our participants learn how to guide their organizations toward greater impact and mission fulfillment.

certificate programsLeadership Certificate Programs

We offer certificate programs for board members, board chairs, chief executives, and consultants designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to make an impact and drive your organization to mission fulfillment. Certificate programs are provided in a variety of formats depending on the session.

Executive Retreat

A special event exclusively for nonprofit CEOs and executive directors, our executive retreat is a relaxed and safe space for participants to have open and honest conversations about their relationships with their boards. Consider joining us for three days of reflection, sharing, and learning.

Training Calendar

Want to ease into your board development? Check out our training calendar for a list of upcoming trainings on a variety of topics to ensure your board and staff have the knowledge they need to effectively lead your organization.