The Bridge: Board Training

Want to learn about the work of volunteer leaders on nonprofit boards?

Take this interactive, one-day training about 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!

“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 helps me realize why board leadership is what I need to 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-this expanded my knowledge of what we *should* be doing for our organization. Very grateful"

– 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.

Each session of the workshop is led by a facilitator with professional experience in the field. 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 serve people of color
  • 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
  • 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
  • You!

Upcoming Trainings:

Saturday, August 17

Saturday, October 26

Hosted from 9am - 5pm
at Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA
$150 Registration Fee



  • 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 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!

Want to volunteer your time as a member of our faculty and help facilitate The Bridge: Board Training? Learn more! Questions? Let us know!

Click on the box below to see training dates and register.

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When you sign up for The Bridge, you’ll be prompted to create a Seattle Works account or log-in to an existing account. We ask everyone to sign up for an account before registering for a volunteer opportunity, training or event. Having a Seattle Works account makes it easier for you to view your upcoming events and past event history. It helps us make sure you are receiving timely and relevant communications about the programs you are signed up for. Please contact lead@seattleworks.org with any questions about a Seattle Works account.


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