Board Leadership Institute

Strong Nonprofits Start with Strong Boards

The Board Leadership Institute prepares philanthropic community members for service on the boards of directors of local nonprofit organizations.


Training Tomorrow's Leaders to Build a UNITED Denton County

Each Board Leadership Institute training is designed and presented by industry experts to provide participants with a deep understanding of opportunities and challenges in the Denton County community, along with the tools needed to shape and govern a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Benefits of Participating in the Board Leadership Institute

  • Meet other civic-minded professionals from a variety of sectors
  • Learn about the issues facing our community from experts in the field
  • Gain the skills needed to successfully serve on a nonprofit board

Board Leadership Institute Dates & Curriculum


2023 Sessions will run from September  15 - November 17 (Fridays, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

(10 sessions)
Session Topics - No more than two (2) absences allowed to receive certification:
  • TX Nonprofit Overview; Needs Assessment; Advocacy
  • Parliamentary Procedure; Governance & Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Board Operations/Development
  • Strategic/Scenario Planning & Outcome Assessment
  • Asset-Based Community Development/Racial Equity in Nonprofits
  • Finance & Audit
  • Resource Development & Fundraising; Marketing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Board Meeting Observation; Chair Q&A
  • January: Graduation & Certificate Presentation


Board Leadership Institute Application

The application for the Fall 2023 class is now open. Note: All class participants must live, work, or volunteer in Denton County. 
Please complete and submit the application below by Friday, August 25, 2023 to be considered for the program. You will be notified by Friday, September 1, 2023 regarding admittance. Fee for participation in the program is $125. 
Applicant Information
Tell Us About You! (Optional Demographic Info)
This section is for statistical purposes only and is OPTIONAL. This information helps us ensure we provide equitable services to our community.
Please mark your age group:
Please select the racial/ethnic category/categories with which you most closely identify:
Highest Level Of Education attained:
Employer Infomation
Skills & Experience
Select no more than five skills that you possess and will use as a board or committee member. Rank them in order of preference with #1 being your first choice.
Community Organizations & Volunteer Involvement
List the organizations with which you have been involved as a volunteer over the past five years. Include nonprofit, civic, professional, business, faith-based, community and social organizations.
Organization Position Years of Service Still Involved
Can you commit to attend the required classes?
Would you like to be introduced to/placed with an agency at the conclusion of the class?
Other Required Information
Please provide the name of at least two references we can contact, who will speak to your community volunteer involvement.
Name Phone Employer Job Title
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