Project LEAD

When it’s Happening

In early 2020, we postponed Project LEAD because of the pandemic. In the time since then, the COVID-19 crisis has both amplified and shined a light on the disproportionate inequities people of color face in our community.

Now, more than ever, it is critical that there be more representative leadership in our community’s organizations. We need more people of color on boards.

In March 2021, we will be restarting Project LEAD, making it available to the participants who started in 2020 but had to stop due to the pandemic. This means we will not be recruiting a new cohort for the 2021 class.

The training will span four weeks during March 2021. Sessions will be held over Zoom. Participants must attend ALL sessions, which are scheduled Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The program culminates with a graduation reception and agency fair for board recruitment at the end of March.

The 2021 schedule will be:

  • Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The graduation and agency fair will take place on a weekday evening sometime during the week of March 29, 2021.

Registration is due no later than February 12, 2021. For more information, contact

What is Project LEAD?

Project LEAD empowers people of color to take the first step toward board leadership.

Too many people of color are left out of leadership roles. We must change who is at the table in order to achieve racial equity in our community. You can make a difference through nonprofit board service.

For more than 25 years, we’ve been doing something to change that. Project LEAD—Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity—is a nonprofit board training program open to highly qualified people of color.

The 1,000+ Project LEAD graduates from the last 25+ years are a testament to our community’s commitment to service and diversity. It’s crucial that we take a stand to make sure our community’s boards are representative of the communities they serve and that all voices have an equal seat at the table. You can be a part of that change.

How It Works

During this month-long intensive training, participants show up ready to listen, learn and participate. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony and agency fair, where graduates can meet representatives of nonprofit organizations that are seeking new members for their boards.

Training includes topics like:

  • Issues facing nonprofit organizations
  • Board operations and protocol
  • Collaboration and conflict resolution
  • Choosing a board and board members
  • Fiscal management
  • Strategic fundraising
  • Creating bold organizational strategies
  • Managing legal risk
  • How race relates to the board member role

Sponsor Project LEAD

By sponsoring Project LEAD, you will be investing in working toward a better, more racially equitable future for our community and signaling to others that your organization is committed to supporting people of color in more equal leadership opportunities.

Thanks to our generous sponsors: