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 Curriculum


September - November

(10 sessions)
2021 sessions (Dates/Topics subject to change); All classes held IN-PERSON from 4-7 p.m.; Location: TBD with 5 sessions in north Denton County and 5 sessions in south Denton County; No more than two (2) absences allowed to receive certification:
  • Mon, Sept 20: TX Nonprofit Overview; Needs Assessment; Advocacy
  • Mon, Sept 27: Parliamentary Procedure; Governance & Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Mon, Oct 4: Board Operations/Development
  • Mon, Oct 11: Strategic/Scenario Planning & Outcome Assessment
  • Mon, Oct 18: Asset-Based Community Development/Racial Equity in Nonprofits
  • Mon, Oct 25: Finance & Audit
  • Mon, Nov 1: Resource Development & Fundraising; Marketing
  • Mon, Nov 8: Conflict Resolution
  • Mon, Nov 15: Board Meeting Observation; Chair Q&A
  • January TBD: Graduation & Certificate Presentation


Board Leadership Institute Application  & Fee

The application for the Fall 2021 class is now open. All applicants must complete an online application form.
Classes will be held in-person. However, for individuals who have health concerns, are self-isolating, or are restricted from in-person meetings for any reason there is a virtual option for attendance. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions. No more than two (2) absences allowed to receive certification.
All class participants must live, work, or volunteer in Denton County. Deadline to complete the application below is 5:00 PM CDT on August 20, 2021. Applicants will be notified of selection by September 1, 2021.
The fee for the program is $100, due by September 17, 2021 for selected participants. 

(Fill in ALL requested information, except where indicated as "optional.")

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