The Bridge: Board Training
Learn about the work of volunteer leaders on nonprofit and public boards with our interactive, one-day training!
Since 2004, Seattle Works has trained nearly 200 people every year on the basics of board service through The Bridge: Board Training.
“Great clarification of different types of boards and commitment levels involved - I now am confident I can succeed on a board aligned with my skills, passion, and time.”
– Bridge Graduate '17
“This was the motivation I needed! I have been invited to serve [on a board] and now will happily say yes.”
– Bridge Graduate '16
“I can do this and I want to do this! All day, the class reinforced for me that this is the way I want to help my community.”
– Bridge Graduate ‘15
“[The training] was very helpful. Definitely answered the questions I had about becoming a board member, and whether this would be right for me."
– Bridge Graduate ‘14
The Bridge: Board Training is designed to demystify board service, covering everything from meetings to governance to fundraising strategies. It's a great resource for individuals who have previously volunteered and are looking to increase their impact, develop new skills or practice personal leadership, or have been ask to serve on a board but lack the expertise to do so confidently. 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.
Each session is led by a facilitator with professional experience with nonprofit and public boards, the local nonprofit sector, and the skills required of board members. 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.
Hosted from 9am - 5pm
at Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA
(More seats will be posted in 2019)
$150 Registration Fee
See below for dates and registration!
- Nonprofit Leadership: An overview of the nonprofit sector, including the unique position of board volunteers to influence organizational policy and culture to build more effective nonprofits
- Nonprofit and Public Boards: An overview of the nonprofit governance, including the roles and responsibilities of board members, and an overview of city, county, state, and federal boards/commissions
- Introduction to Fundraising: An overview of nonprofit fundraising and the role that boards play in raising funds, including some helpful suggestions and strategies
- Financial and Legal Responsibilities: An overview of 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
Seattle Works Partial Scholarships
Through the generous support of our sponsors, Seattle Works is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships (a $100 value) for the Bridge: Board Training sessions. Please complete the Seattle Works Scholarship Application.
Premera Blue Cross Full Scholarships
Premera Blue Cross has partnered with Seattle Works in support of our efforts to increase board diversity and access to board leadership in the local nonprofit community. In recognition of this critical support, Seattle Works will be able to provide four full scholarships per session in 2018. This scholarship is specifically meant for those who identify as a person of color, and who would like to explore board leadership. Please complete the Premera Blue Cross Scholarship Application Form. PLEASE NOTE: At this time we have exceeded our available scholarships for 2018. We encourage you to still submit an application where you will then be added to a wait list where you will be notified of availbility.
Opportunity Youth Scholarships
Seattle Works is able to offer ten full scholarships (a $150 value) for the Bridge: Board Training sessions for youth ages 18-24 thanks to the The Schultz Family Foundation! Please complete the Opportunity Youth Application.
Want to volunteer your time as a member of our faculty and help facilitate The Bridge: Board Training? Learn more!
Questions? Let us know!
Please note our trainings are sold out for 2018. These are the 2019 Bridge Board Training dates listed below: