Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse

New York Junior League Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse

Leadership Through Governance: Training Volunteers for Nonprofit Board Service

Since 1992, over 1,000 men and women have completed the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse. The New York Junior League’s course trains participants to serve as competent and confident board members. Gain access to today’s brightest nonprofit leaders and gain a foundation in today’s nonprofit boardroom practices.

Course Description | Registration | FAQ | Participating Nonprofit Agencies

Course Description

  • Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse teaches nonprofit board leadership skills through workshops on topics that include board roles and responsibilities, monitoring financial policies, understanding legal responsibilities of board members, and developing strategic plans.
  • “The Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse course is unique as it trains present and potential board members to understand their duties, gain insight into the workings of a nonprofit, and help find pathways to advancing the organization’s mission,” says Diann Rohde, former NYJL President, former AJLI Board Member, and NPBC course presenter. “To have trained board members is a gift to a nonprofit and to making the New York City community stronger.”
  • Our course includes a Q&A session with current nonprofit executive directors and a networking event with NYC nonprofit leaders. Each course participant works closely with a volunteer advisor who can help facilitate introductions between course participants and our roster of nonprofit boards.


  • Accelerated Course

  • Accelerated Course including Executive Director Panel and Nonprofits Networking
    Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Executive Director Panel and Nonprofits Networking
    Monday, April 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Course

  • When does the course take place?
    • Fall course offering We offer an accelerated course in the fall. This two day event is held on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a following weekday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Spring course offering In the spring, we offer both an accelerated course similar to the fall offering, in addition to the same course delivered over five consecutive Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The dates change annually for both the Fall and Spring courses, so please check our website for specifics.
  • Where does the course take place?
    • The course takes place at the headquarters of The New York Junior League at 130 East 80th Street located between Park and Lexington Avenues.
  • How much is the course?
    • The course is $325 for volunteers of the New York Junior League, and $375 for non-volunteers, including volunteers of other Leagues. There is a discount for 3 or more non-volunteers from the same organization. For further details, contact
  • What does course fee include?
    • The course fee includes the following:
      1. Access to all presentation slides used by the speakers in electronic form;
      2. Admission to all classes;
      3. Buffet-style dinner and dessert during the five-week sessions, and breakfast and lunch during the accelerated sessions;
      4. Wine reception after the first class of five-week courses, and at the end of the first day for accelerated students;
      5. Roster of 90+ NPBC community partners who are actively seeking board members;
      6. Assigned Student Advisor to work one-on-one to guide you through the course and placement process;
      7. Networking Reception held at the culmination of the accelerated course and the five-week course where students can meet and mix with representatives of our community partners currently seeking new board members;
      8. Board Placement Assistance upon successful completion of the course*; and
      9. Access to NPBC Alumni LinkedIn group upon successful completion of the course*. *“Successful completion” means completing at least three of the five classes, or the entire accelerated course.
  • How do I register?
    • To reserve your place in either the five-week or accelerated course, please scroll up to register for your preferred course. Complete the registration form, and your confirmation email will direct you to the form where you can complete the payment process. Note that to maximize each participant’s experience, space in each class is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.
  • NYJL is a volunteer organization for women. Can men take the course? Are non-volunteers welcome?
    • Yes. Men and non-volunteers are welcome to take the NYJL NPBC course.
  • What happens if I need to withdraw? What is the refund policy?
    • A full refund less a processing fee of $25 will be given for any withdrawal up to one week prior to the start of the course. Within one week of the course start, students may elect to defer registration until the following semester. No refund or deferral is available after the course has commenced.
  • Can I make up a missed class?
    • Missed classes cannot be made up. If more than two classes are missed, the course must be repeated to qualify for board placement assistance.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    • A full refund less a processing fee of $25 will be given for any withdrawal up to one week prior to the start of the course. Within one week of the course start, students may elect to defer registration until the following semester. Students electing to defer the fall accelerated course may also opt to take the five week course in the spring. Students are only eligible for one deferral and no refund or deferral is available after the course has commenced.
  • Placement

  • How does placement process work?
    • Student Advisors are assigned to all registered students. They are a resource for answering any questions students have about the board placement process. Students receive a roster of current board opportunities during the course, and will attend the Networking Reception on the final night of the course to mix and mingle with many of the nonprofits currently seeking board members. Student Advisors will facilitate an introduction to up to three organizations each student expresses interest in pursuing placement with. After introductions are made, it is the responsibility of the interested parties to pursue next steps. NPBC cannot guarantee that students will be placed on a board, but once you qualify to participate in the placement process, you are welcome to receive the updated roster and return each semester to attend the Networking Receptions to pursue a board. Upon successful completion of the course, the NPBC Alumni Liaison takes on a similar role to Student Advisors.
  • What are the requirements to participate in placement process?
    • Students must complete three of the five nights (or attend the entire accelerated class) to be eligible to participate in the placement process. Having a Student Advisor does not guarantee eligibility.
  • Do I have to seek immediate placement on a board at course close?
    • No. The course will teach students about all the responsibilities of a board, including time and financial commitments. Students may not feel ready to pursue placement right away, and there is no requirement to do so.
  • What are my options if I don’t want to place immediately?
    • Once you qualify to participate in the placement process (by completing three of the five classes or attending the accelerated class), you are welcome to receive the updated roster and return each semester to attend the Networking Receptions to pursue board membership.
  • What happens if I change my mind about placement?
    • Let your Student Advisor know that you are no longer interested in placing, and she can advise you of your current and future options.
  • Does NPBC have social media accounts I can sign up for?
    • NPBC has one social media account: a LinkedIn group for alumni of the course. Within a month of successful completion of the five-week or accelerated course, you will be contacted by the Alumni Liaison who will formally invite you to join the group.
  • How can I contact the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse committee if I still have questions?

Participating Nonprofit Agencies

  • The NPBC committee has relationships with more than 90 nonprofit organizations in New York City, including many NYJL community partners, who recruit candidates for their boards from course alumni. These nonprofits focus on a variety of substantive issues affecting the community, including arts and culture; children, youth, and families; community development; and health and human services. The NPBC committee engages with agency partners twice each year to assess their current need for additional board members, as well as to collect information about their recent activities, transitions or other issues that might be important to potential board member candidates.
  • The NYJL welcomes all nonprofit organizations in the NYC area to participate in the Clearinghouse. If you are a NYC nonprofit agency that would like to be considered for the NPBC Course Roster, please complete the NPBC New Agency Application.
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