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BOLD strengthens the community by creating a pipeline of racially diverse, competent, and educated nonprofit board members and candidates.  

BOLD is open to anyone interested in serving the nonprofit community. We strongly encourage volunteers, nonprofit professionals wanting to understand the leadership structure of their organization, young people who don't see themselves represented, and those from historically underrepresented communities to apply.


“Before I went into the BOLD program, there wasn’t anyone who could teach me about nonprofit finance and development. The faculty and objectives helped me understand how finance and development can affect any nonprofit.” 

– BOLD ‘19 participant

"Before I came into the BOLD program, my number one fear in any meeting was being afraid of what other people thought of me when I spoke. Because of this fear, I was afraid to speak up and talk during meetings. The faculty from the Mayerson Academy and BOLD gave me the courage to speak up at meetings and use my strength-filled rallying call." 

- BOLD '19 participant


The six-week curriculum consists of experiential classes, case studies, readings, and networking within the Greater Cincinnati community.  The classes require advanced reading, writing, reflection, and networking outside of class.  The schedule entails six four hour workshops.

*Our BOLD 3 class (August 20th to September 24th, 2020) will be virtual and structured differently. 

Topics covered:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Nonprofit fiscal responsibilities and philanthropy
  • Strategic planning for nonprofits
  • Evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Diversity and inclusion for nonprofit boards
  • Nonprofit governance and legal responsibilities


BOLD leverages the unique relationship it has with its parent organization, the Leadership Council for Nonprofits.  The Leadership Council has over 200 nonprofit agency members each of which have a board.  We also partner with Cincinnati Cares BoardConnect, a tool that helps fill board positions by connecting nonprofits with the best leaders Cincinnati has to offer.  BOLD participants are paired with a mentor during the program and explore service opportunities with Leadership Council members and through BoardConnect.


BOLD 3 will take place between August 20th and September 24th. The class has been filled and we are no longer able to take applications.

BOLD 4 will take place between October 29th and December 10th. The BOLD 4 application will remain open until September25th.


The tuition for the program is $650

Nonprofits should contact for special pricing

LCNP offers a limited number of scholarships up to $650.  Partial scholarships are evaluated on an individual basis.

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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

Thank You to our BOLD Sponsors


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