Board Member Certificate Program

Better Your Community with Nonprofit Board Service!

There are over 11,000 nonprofit organizations in the County of San Diego that play a pivotal role in protecting and enhancing the well-being and prosperity of our region. As the sector continues to grow in size and scope, there is a corresponding need for thoughtful, engaged, and knowledgeable board members to lead these organizations.

In response to this need, The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego with support from the City of San Diego Department of Economic Development is launching a Board Member Certificate Program designed to help passionate and talented professionals use their skills and experience to make an impact on our community.

New cohort starts July 10th! Participants must be able to attend all (3) Modules within a Cohort.

Who Should Participate and Why?

  • Individuals seeking to fully understand the roles and responsibilities associated with serving on a nonprofit board.
  • Current or aspiring board members who seek to advance their general board governance knowledge and increase their leadership potential.

Benefits of Board Certification

  1. Increase your impact!
  2. Ensure effective governance of your nonprofit
  3. Gain valuable personal and professional experience
  4. Enhance your leadership skills
  5. Meet like-minded people and network with other leaders

Program Description

The Nonprofit Institute’s Board Member Certification program is held at the University of San Diego. The Board Member Certification Program meets weekly for three consecutive weeks.

 2020 dates to be announced.

Certification Process

To obtain Board Member Certification, applicants must:

  1. Complete pre-work and online program components
  2. Attend and participate in all in-person sessions
  3. Complete and pass the online multiple-choice exam within a 12-month period of completion of certificate classes


Registration is $25. Once enrolled in the program, applicants will be given a link to our online learning management system to complete all pre-work activities.

Topics Covered

  • Characteristics of High Impact Boards
  • The Realities and Legalities of Nonprofit Board Governance
  • BoardSource 12 Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards
  • Five Steps to Identifying the Right Board to Join


The application fee is $25. The Board Member Certificate Program is supported by The City of San Diego. 


For more information, email The Nonprofit Institute at