Board Fundamentals Certificate

What does it really take to be a nonprofit board member? Join the Board Fundamentals Certificate to develop the knowledge and the skills necessary to be an active member of a nonprofit board.

In this cohort-based series, you’ll spend time getting to know other professionals who are passionate about a cause and ready to serve. Whether you’re already on a board or looking to be matched with a nonprofit, this three-part series will help you network with people from the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, academia, entrepreneurs, and more.  

See below for the list of the three core. This three-part course only occurs once a year.


Required: Three core workshops and no necessary electives

Core workshops (cohort style; must be taken in order):

  • Board Fundamentals Part 1: Roles, Responsibilities, the Strategic Plan
  • Board Fundamentals Part 2: Fundraising and Financials
  • Board Fundamentals Part 3: Mock Board Meeting 

Cost: $270 for members; $470 for non-members

Registration for the 2019 cohorts is now closed. Check back for cohorts beginning in 2020.


FAQs for the CNM Board Fundamentals Certificate

The requirements for each certificate are different. See below for details about the Board Fundamentals Certificate.


How do I sign up for this certificate?

To sign up, register for the Certificate: CNM Board Fundamentals Workshop, which includes part 1, part 2, and part 3.


Does signing up here register me for all 3 certificate courses?

Yes. Signing up here automatically enrolls you for the 3 core classes and into the certificate program. There are no additional courses in this certificate.


I see the classes start at 4pm and end at 7pm. What if I work until 5pm. Can I come in late?

No. Please only commit to the three sessions if you are able to attend all courses for the allotted amount of time.


I might have to miss part 2. Can I still complete my certificate?

No. This certificate is only offered once a year. There are no make up courses.


Can I just take one of the core classes? I only want to attend Board Fundamentals Part 1.

No. these courses are only for individuals signed up for the entire 3-course certificate.


I took one of the courses in the certificate last year. Does it count for the certificate this year?

No. To complete this certificate, all participants can only apply classes in 2019.


Is there any financial assistance available to offset the cost of the certificate?

Members from eligible organizations may apply MatchGrant funds to help offset the cost of the certificate program. MatchGrant funds are available to organizations with a budget of $2 million or less until the collective fund is fully utilized. For more information about MatchGrant eligibility, click here.


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