The Bridge: Board Training

Want to learn more about volunteer leadership on nonprofit boards?

Take this INTERACTIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, ONE DAY training covering board leadership! 

Since 2004, Seattle Works has trained nearly 200 people every year on the basics of board service through The Bridge: Board Training. 

Check out our video on board diversity and leadership!

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“Great training! I loved clarification of different types of boards and commitment levels involved. This has helped me realize ANYONE with opinions, curiosity, a good heart, and time can lead on a board!

– Bridge Graduate '16

“This training helped me feel confident in my own skills and abilities to serve on a non-profit board. My lived experience and identity help me realize why board leadership is what I need to do and how important it is to have a seat for everyone at the table, thanks Seattle Works!”

– Bridge Graduate '17

"What a way to be an agent of change in my community! Very informative training, answered all my questions, well-paced, and relevant information.”

– Bridge Graduate ‘18

“I loved the hands-on training in the board meeting simulation and the real life case studies! Words alone cannot express how beneficial this experience has been for me as a current board member. My knowledge has expanded and I now have tangible tools to assist my organization to become more equitable. Grateful to have received this knowledge!

– Bridge Graduate ‘19


The Bridge: Board Training is designed to demystify board service. Each workshop in The Bridge: Board Training lets individuals practice new and useful skills and build a sense of community responsibility with a network of peers. 

Following the course, graduates become part of our alumni network, receiving the opportunity to connect with our nonprofit partners seeking board members through events like Board Networking Happy Hour in October.

Who should take the Bridge Board Training?

  • People of Color who are underrepresented in organizations that often work with communities of color
  • Current board members feeling 'stuck' on how to advance organizations mission further
  • Individuals who have previously volunteered and are ready to take the next step
  • Individuals interested in developing new skills or practicing personal leadership
  • Nonprofit professionals wanting to understand the leadership structure of their organization
  • Individuals who have been asked to serve on a board but lack the expertise to do so confidently
  • Individuals who work in a corporate environment or a for-profit company wondering how to best support a nonprofit with unique skills & resources
  • Young people who don't see themselves represented on many boards
  • People interested in being on a board who wouldn't normally be able to afford a formal training to do so
  • Any 'non-traditional' board member with a passion and curious mind
  • Y O U! 

Saturday, February 29th

Saturday, March 21st

Saturday, May 30th

Saturday, August 22nd

Saturday, October 24th

Hosted from 1pm - 5pm
at Impact Hub Seattle
240 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA
$175 Registration Fee 



  • Nonprofit Leadership & Public Boards: An overview of the nonprofit sector, including the unique position of board volunteers to influence organizational policy and culture to build more effective nonprofits. A high level view at nonprofit governance, roles and responsibilities of board members, city, county, state, and federal boards/commissions opportunitiesw.
  • Introduction to Fundraising & Financial/ Legal Responsibilities: An overview of nonprofit fundraising and the role that boards play in raising funds, including some helpful suggestions and strategies in philanthropy. Insight how boards supervise financial and legal aspects of nonprofits, with a focus on demystifying the oversight process.
  • Interactive Board Simulation: An approachable introduction to public speaking, discussion, and navigating board structures in an interactive simulation to practice asking questions.
  • Next Steps: Resources, what to do next, networking event dates, and how to begin on your journey to board service and volunteer leadership!



Seattle Works Scholarships for People of Color:

In our efforts to increase board diversity and access to board leadership in the local nonprofit community, Seattle Works will provide scholarships for POC to attend The Bridge: Board Training. This scholarship is specifically meant for those who identify as a person of color, and who would like to explore board leadership. Register through our system and follow the prompts to indicate this scholarship is for you.

Seattle Works General Scholarships:

If the cost associated with this training is a barrier for you, and you do not identify as a person of color. Please know Seattle Works will provide a partial or full scholarship depending on your need-just select the option once you register.

Thank you to those who can purchase tickets- this allows Seattle Works to continue to provide scholarships and fulfill our important mission!