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OnBoard prepares high-potential professionals for service on nonprofit boards and introduces them to organizations that would benefit from their involvement. This certificate program is a collaborative effort between the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

Participants are sponsored by outstanding corporations and institutions from across East Tennessee. They gain insights about the region and the nonprofits seeking to improve it. They also learn what is required for sound board-level thinking and oversight. 

The six evening training sessions take place in state-of-the-art executive facilities at the Haslam College of Business and ABN headquarters at The Regas Building in Downtown Knoxville. Corporations are limited to three participants per class. Tuition is $1,000 per person and includes instruction by award-winning faculty from the Haslam College of Business, all training materials, and an inventory of personal skills and interests used to match participants and local nonprofits. Space is limited.

Benefits Include:

The Alliance for Better Nonprofits will help match and place participants with a nonprofit board that fits their unique skills and interests. Graduates will receive a mounted certificate of completion from the University of Tennessee documenting their qualifications to serve in board-level capacities.

  • Connect your emerging leaders with a network of other high-potential young professionals.
  • Retain your talent by deepening their commitment to our region.
  • Increase your visibility as a corporate supporter of leading nonprofits.
  • Develop board-level thinking among your next generation of leadership.
  • Take advantage of cost-effective training by experienced Haslam College of Business faculty.


  • Complete the application.
  • Submit your professional resume.
  • Include a letter from senior management confirming you are being sponsored by the company.
  • Tuition: $1,000








Class of 2017-2018 Schedule:

The training takes place over the course of six evening sessions (6:00PM - 8:00PM) throughout the year at state-of-the-art executive facilities at ABN’s headquarters at The Regas Building in Downtown Knoxville. Corporations can sponsor up to 3 participants per year. 

Session 1: september 21st, 2017

Overview of the Local Nonprofit "Industry"      

Session 2: october 19th, 2017

The Board's Role in Nonprofits

Session 3: november 16th, 2017

Strategic Planning in Nonprofits

Session 4: january 18th, 2018

The Board's Role in Fundraising

Session 5: february 15th, 2018

Governance and Development

Session 6: march 8th, 2018

Finding Your Place to Serve

Questions? Contact Chloe Perry at (865) 313-2077 or cperry@betternonprofits.org.