Board Certification & Matching 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 has partnered with United Way of San Diego County on a Board Certification & Matching Program designed to help passionate and talented professionals use their skills and experience to make an impact on our community.

The program is virtual and requires a commitment of 2.5 hours per week with additional discussions and readings as assigned.


March 8 - April 19, 2022

Each Tuesday, from 9:00 - 11:30am

Registration has closed for the spring cohort. Stay tuned for dates for the next cohort!

file check2

Registration Closed for Spring 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.
  • Nonprofit staff whose roles include working directly with board members.

Benefits of Board Certification

A Nonprofit Board Service Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and experience to feel confident serving and leading nonprofit boards. You will also:
  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 Board Certification & Matching Program is a seven-week virtual course to help professionals prepare for effective nonprofit board service. After program completion, you will be awarded a Nonprofit Board Service Certificate from the University of San Diego, and be connected to nonprofits in need of board members.

Topics Covered

  • How to Govern in a Virtual World
  • Importance of Building a Diverse and Equitable Board of Directors
  • Legal, Financial, and Ethical Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board Members
  • Identifying the Right Board to Join
  • Brené Brown's "Dare to Lead" and BoardSource's "12 Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards" Curricula

Registration and Cost

A $1,000 program fee is due upon registration. Payments can be made by credit card, check, or invoice to your sponsoring organization.

We offer a 10% discount on the program fee to LEAD San Diego participants and alumni, as well as employees of 501(c)3 organizations.


Registration has closed for the spring cohort. To be added to our interest list or for more information, email The Nonprofit Institute at