Find Your Local United Way


United Way leads the way in building and maintaining a strong and healthy nonprofit sector supported by committed volunteers.

Through the Nonprofit Board Leadership Institute (NBLI), in partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation, we provide collaborative training for local nonprofit board chairs alongside their executive directors. The NBLI was developed in response to United Way-conducted research which found that nonprofit board chairs and executive directors were eager for joint learning opportunities that, until now, simply were not available.

Through the NBLI, leaders are provided with the knowledge, tools and support they need to continue to build their skills, ensuring they are prepared to effectively lead the organizations they serve.  The four-session institute focuses on issues such as the typical life cycle of nonprofit organizations, ways to build the relationship between the executive director and the board chair, and nonprofit finances and fund-raising.

Participating organizations also have the opportunity to apply for capacity building grants to support the implementation of key learnings from the NBLI.

Grant recipients from the 2013 NBLI were recently announced.

Enrollment for the next NBLI, taking place in spring of 2014, is now open.  Please view and complete the application here.

Please contact for additional questions.