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Business On Board recruits and trains the region’s business leaders to become effective board members and places them with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This unique service of board training and placement is available to all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Since 1996, we have placed over 800 Business On Board graduates on the boards and board committees of more than 150 institutions. Last year’s graduates represented our 20th anniversary cohort, and in just a few months, have already made significant contributions to the nonprofit sector. We are confident that this year’s cohort will make similarly significant advances for communities throughout the region.

Please note that each session runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Day 1 – Friday, January 25:

Board Member Basics: An introduction to the arts and culture sector, board member roles and board dynamics, bringing together executives and board members from leading regional cultural organizations for interactive lecture, panel and break-out group discussions.

Location: WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

DAY 2 – Friday, March 15:

Getting Down to Business: This session delves deeply into what board members need to know about nonprofit finance and their roles in fundraising and stewardship, bringing together accounting, development and philanthropic professionals for interactive lecture, panel and break-out group discussions.

Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

DAY 3 – Friday, April 12:

Elevating the Conversation: Topics for the day include strategic leadership, empathy and generative thinking as regional executives, consultants and coaches guide participants through collaboration and communication within boards and across different nonprofit organizations.

Location: University of the Arts, 320 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

DAY 4 – Friday, May 3:

Leadership Moments: This session includes thought leadership and practical advice on how to navigate an evolving nonprofit landscape and identify resources for board effectiveness as well as define your developing leadership story.

Location: Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Fees include $1,500 for nonprofit organizations or $3,000 for business leaders, which includes 25 hours of classroom time, materials, breakfast and lunch on the classroom dates, ongoing coaching and board placement, and networking opportunities with other business professionals.

Apply Now:

Apply now to become a new Board Member.
Apply now to participate as a current Board Member.
Apply now to request a new Board Member.

Questions? Please reach out to Tommy Butler at (215) 790-3827 or [email protected]

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