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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 facilities at ABN's headquarters in The Regas Building, located 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.


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

Questions? Contact Samantha Amick at samick@betternonprofits.org or (865) 313-2077.


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.

OnBoard Application


"I enjoyed learning the 'behind the scenes' of operating a nonprofit. Great content, and very useful framework for contributing strategically."

"I learned so many different things that will help me even if I never even get the chance to serve on a nonprofit board (but of course I do plan on supporting and serving on nonprofit boards and committees for many years)."

"I'm now engaged in ongoing discussions with two nonprofits about how I can help on committees or become a board member. I'm excited to put what I learned to use."

“Dealt directly with the real issues facing boards and practical training to make an immediate impact. Case studies and group discussions were effective.”

 “I enjoyed the case studies the most because they provided insight on how different nonprofits are run. The discussions during the sessions were great as well because we were able to dig into each of the case studies and collaborate about their strategies.”

Class of 2019-2020 Schedule:

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

Session 1: SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Getting Serious About Nonprofits    

Session 2: october 17, 2019

Mission First. Mission Always.

Session 3: november 21, 2019

The Board's Role in Shaping Program Delivery

Session 4: january 16, 2020

Fundraising for Board Members

Session 5: february 20, 2020

Board Governance and Development

Session 6: march 19, 2020

Finding Your Place to Serve / Graduation