Want to serve on a board but aren’t sure of the responsibilities or skills you need?

Become a more confident & skilled volunteer leader! Participate in our Board Orientation & Leadership Development (BOLD) program to learn more about board service, receive training, and find organizations with board or committee opportunities that match your skills and passions! This educational series was created to equip emerging and current leaders with the skills needed to serve on boards, increase the diversity of boards in our five-county service area, and support local employers in engaging and retaining talented employees.

  • Learn the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards
  • Understand what is expected of individual board members
  • Broaden your professional networks
  • Influence decisions impacting our community

BOLD Series Details

  • Six 90-minute workshops held January through June led by nonprofit & community leaders.
    • Board Basics & Nonprofit Management
    • Governance & Strategic Planning
    • Fundraising & Resource Development
    • Financial Management & Fiduciary Responsibility
    • Engaging a Diverse Community & Civic Engagement
    • Public Engagement & Community Outreach
  • Tuition is $250 and covers training, materials, and food.
    • No refunds
    • Financial assistance available upon request
    • NAACP scholarship available to participants from diverse backgrounds
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the training sessions.
  • To graduate, participants are required to attend at least five of the six regular sessions.

Scholarship Details

United Way of East Central Iowa and the Cedar Rapids NAACP have partnered to provide scholarships to up to four BOLD applicants that are part of diverse communities, such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, and other groups who are made to feel like they do not belong. This information will be kept confidential to the selection committee and will not be used without permission. Information about applying for the scholarship can be found within the BOLD application.

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BOLD applications for 2023 will be available in the fall. If you have any questions about BOLD, please contact Angelica Vannatta at angelica.vannatta@uweci.org

  • Justin Allendorf, Holmes Murphy
  • Katiana Arnold, Waypoint Services
  • Trinity Bias, Coe College Student
  • Carolyn Buckingham, CRST
  • Coraima Camacho, Coe College Student
  • Ashley Conde, Coe College Student
  • Mimi Daoud, Coe College Student
  • Elyse De Corah, Securian Advisors MidAmerica
  • Nick Dusil, Iowa Giving Crew
  • Ryne George, United Way of East Central Iowa
  • Mugisha Gloire, United We March Forward
  • Nic Hartmann, Family Promise of Linn County
  • Kristin Kellogg, Great Western Bank
  • Christine Knapp, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Raymond Liu, McGrath Automotive Group
  • Jack Mann, TrueNorth Companies
  • Heidi Marcue, TrueNorth Companies
  • Brooke McLaughlin, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
  • Brian Mrozek, Graham Construction
  • Ashley Osborn, United Way of East Central Iowa
  • Nichole Rinholen, CRST
  • Alison Robinson, Kirkwood
  • Jake Ryan, ImOn
  • Nallely Sanchez, Coe College Student
  • Chanelle Thomas, Cedar Rapids Schools
  • Tara Walker, Iowa Army National Guard
  • Lauren White, Willis Dady Homeless Services

*recipients of the scholarship in partnership with NAACP.

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