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Board Orientation + Leadership Development (BOLD)

BOLD serves as Greater Cincinnati’s leading nonprofit board training program.  Our purpose is to provide a transformational board leadership development experience to educate and empower local leaders to serve boldly.

BOLD is building a stronger community of diverse leaders prepared to serve nonprofit boards.

Target Participants

  • Engaged community leaders interested in board service
  • Current board members looking for more education


  • Prepare participants for meaningful nonprofit board service
  • Connect diverse leaders to a network of more than 200 local nonprofits and hundreds of BOLD alumni
  • Advance company goals through leadership development, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention, sustainability, and corporate responsibility.
  • Strengthen the community through a commitment of inclusive and diverse nonprofit board leadership.


The six-week virtual curriculum consists of the following sessions:

  • Board Basics and Character Strengths
  • Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Boards
  • Fundraising and Nonprofit Boards
  • Board Composition and Cultural Competency
  • Succession Planning and Assessment

Each session is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member.  The program will provide application-based learning and interaction with thought leaders from the Cincinnati community and beyond.


BOLD meets on Thursdays from February 18th to April 8th on Zoom from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Zoom meetings will be supplemented by online training through our learning management platform, Bridge. Weekly modules are assigned to participants within Bridge.  Participants are responsible for completing these modules on their own time. This virtual format allows learners the flexibility to participate from home or the workplace.


  • $650 for Non-Members of Leadership Council for Nonprofits.
  • Staff of Leadership Council members receive a discounted rate of $250.  
  • A limited number of scholarships are granted annually to members of smaller not-for-profits and entrepreneurs who require financial assistance. This should be requested in the application. 

Application Fee:

$50 (non-refundable).  This fee will be applied to the total tuition for accepted participants. Applicants will be asked to pay the application fee via credit card.  Upon completion of payment, a link to the BOLD application will be immediately sent. 


The application period for BOLD 5 will be open until 1/29/2021.
All Applicants will be notified by 2/5/2021, and if accepted into the program, final payment will be invoiced and due by 2/19/2021.

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Questions? Contact Program Manager, Jack FitzGerald

ASL interpreters or other communication accommodations are available upon request.  Please submit these to the Program Manager, Jack FitzGerald at 513-554-3060 or


Are you an organization interested in sponsoring this program? 
2020 sponsorship opportunities are available

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