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Board Leadership Program (BLP)

AABLI's Board Leadership Program (BLP) provides comprehensive training in nonprofit board governance. It offers a deep dive into governance responsibilities and a thorough understanding of board governance, focusing on finance, fundraising, management roles, and strategic issues. Participants who complete the BLP will receive certificates in board governance and assistance with placement on governing boards.


The intensive three-week virtual program includes group discussions, exercises, case studies, and problem-solving. Participants receive materials and templates to maximize their effectiveness.

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare current or prospective board members to serve on nonprofit boards effectively. 
  • Increase knowledge about board leadership and governance. 
  • Strengthen governance practice through trained board members. 
  • Build a resource pool for nonprofit organizations seeking board leaders.
Time Commitment - April 2024 / Class 26

The program will be presented virtually over three consecutive Saturdays and Thursday evenings. The sessions will include discussions, exercises, case studies, group assignments, and problem-solving. Time Commitment - April 2024 / Class 26
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5 pm - 7 pm 
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024, 9 am - 2:30 pm 
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 5 pm - 7 pm 
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024, 8 am - 2:30 pm 
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024, 5 pm - 7 pm 
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024, 8 am - 2:30 pm 


Candidate Information

Contact Information

AABLI uses this information to better understand and serve our BLP candidates.
Please attach the following (Required):
1. A resume, cv, or bio in (.PDF or .DOC file format)
2. A professional high quality headshot SAMPLE (.JPG or .PNG image format)

Photo and Video Release
By this registration, I will authorize the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) to take video and photographs of me. I grant a perpetual license to use, copy and distribute these images or prepare derivative works for all ABBLI uses, including, but not limited to: magazines, newsletters, webpages, advertisements, brochures, and recruitment materials. Any copyrights arising from the uses mentioned above shall remain the property of AABLI. I understand that AABLI may edit, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute images and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears. I waive all rights I may have for any claims for payment in connection with any use of said images. My completed application indicates my approval of these usages and that I am 18 years of age or older.
AABLI uses this information to better understand and serve our Alumni.
Demographic Information

Board Experience

Board Placement Service

What We Do & It's Importance
We work with AABLI alumni and partner organizations to increase board diversity. AABLI's placement services create a pathway for connecting African American professionals to organizations seeking diversity on their governing boards.

Our country's changing demographics are creating a workforce that is more diverse than ever. In this dynamic new environment, the boards of nonprofits foundations, commissions, and corporations must be more inclusive and more representative of the communities and customers they serve.

Board Placement Preferences

Your preferences as a board member
Enter a date
It is ok to select more than one

As a board member of a nonprofit, you will be asked to "GIVE" a certain $$ or "GET" a certain $$ to support with the orgs fundraising goals.

Program Focus, Committee Interest, Skills, and Expertise

The next few pages are important. Your selections will help determine the type of boards you are matched with based on your interest and professional skill sets.

Program Focus

Program Focus is the overall goal or objective of the organization seeking a board member. For instance, if you were to indicate Homelessness, you will match with organizations that are focused on Homelessness. You may pick five (5) items in the Program Focus section.
Types of boards that are of interest to you (Limit Five)

Skills and Expertise

Skills and Expertise allow you to highlight your skill set and potential value offered to a governing board. You can select up to six (6) in this section.
Skill sets you bring as a board member (Limit Six)
Finance Skill Level
Human Resources Skill Level
Fundraising & Development Skill Level

Real Estate Skill Level

Technology Skill Level

Facilitation Skill Level

Committee Interest

Committee Interest allows you to select board committees that you may want to serve on. For example, if you have a desire to be part of the board's Fundraising/Development committee, here is where you would indicate your interest(s).
Committees you would be interested in joining (Limit Three)

Help the AABLI Team get to know you!
How did you hear about us?
Mailing Address
Please provide your current mailing address. AABLI will use this address to mail your certificate upon completion of the program.
Full address, Suite/Apt/#
Participation Policy

I understand in order to receive my certificate, I must submit all required documents, and attend at least five of the six scheduled session (one session can be missed and you are able to make up the missed session during the next BLP class).

Program Rollover Policy*

Rollover Policy refers to any request made by an applicant to change their selected Board Leadership Program attendance to one scheduled for a later date. Each rollover is subject to an administrative cost of $50. 

Cancellation Policy*

  1. Deadline for cancellations is two weeks prior to the start of the program. 
  2. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to programs@aabli.org
  3. All refunds are subject to aa $100 administrative fee.

*These policies do not apply to other AABLI events. AABLI reserves the right to cancel training courses at any time. In the unlikely event that your training course does not take place, we will make every effort to offer you an alternative date to take the course or refund the total cost of the training.
Note: This application is not a confirmed enrollment until payment in full is received.
Credit Card Information
We accept Visa, Master Card, and American Express.
AABLI Check Policy

Your Board Leadership Program application is pending review until the full program fee is received. Please submit check payments two weeks prior to the start of the program.

  1. Please make the check payable to Community Partners- FBO AABLI
  2. On the memo line, write: Project Number 0644
  3. Mail check to:
    Community Partners c/o AABLI
    P.O. Box 741265
    Los Angeles, CA 90074

You will receive a confirmation email of your enrollment once your check is processed.