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"At least 60% of all nonprofits in the nation report serving Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), yet reports show that 84% of nonprofit board members identify as white."

Annie E. Casey Foundation


Join our BIPOC Board Leadership Training

Are you passionate about creating positive change in your community? Join our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Board Leadership Training Program and gain the skills and knowledge needed to serve on nonprofit boards. 

Our next two-full-day training is happening April 11 & 13, fill out the application form below to enroll.

Training Dates & Location 

Two full days of training:

  • Thursday, April 11th, 2024 (8am-5pm) 

  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024 (8:30am-5pm)

Location: County Office of Education - San Luis Obispo, CA

Instructors & Modules


Enrollment cost: $500 

Estimated training value: $3500 (difference covered by grants and sponsorships received by Diversity Coalition)


Cost includes:

  • Two Full-Days of Comprehensive Board Leadership Training

    • Light breakfast and lunch included both days

  • Expert-Led Training Modules

  • Professional headshots

  • Certificate of Completion 

  • Access to Private Nonprofit Board Matching & Placement Mixers

  • Alumni Access to Future Events

Enrollment Dates & Deadlines

  • Enrollment opens: March 1st, 2024

  • Deadline to apply: April 4th, 2024 (or when class is full)

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Nonprofits interested in diversifying their boards can join our program too!

Nonprofit Board Matching & Placement Services

Our Nonprofit Board Matching and Placement Services connect dedicated individuals with meaningful board positions in local organizations.​

Key Benefits:

  • Access to BIPOC Board Leadership Graduates: Connect with a diverse pool of trained leaders from our esteemed program.

  • Private Networking Opportunity: Access to exclusive mixers to meet potential board members. Application fee includes up to 2 representatives.

  • Enhanced Expertise: Our recent graduates bring fresh perspectives and skills to help your organization thrive.

  • Learn about upcoming trainings and networking opportunities!

Nonprofit Application Details:
Symbolic Application Fee: $150.00 (One-time)

FAQs for Nonprofits

Strengthen your board with BIPOC professionals trained in board governance. Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo does not guarantee board placement. We make every effort for successful matches based on a variety of interest areas. 

Does this program guarantee a new board member?

No. Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo does not guarantee board placement. We make every effort for successful matches based on a variety of interest areas. 


Is there a Placement Service Fee?
Yes, a one-time non-refundable placement assistance application fee of $150. Price might change.


Is there a training component for participating nonprofits? 

We are working with our partner Spokes on developing training for nonprofits that can complement and support our program. Details to be announced. 


What is the minimum requirement for board matching and placement assistance?

- Have Directors and Officers Liability Insurance or be fiscally sponsored by an organization with D&O Insurance.

FAQs for BIPOC Professionals

Join other dynamic Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals seeking to make a difference in San Luis Obispo County and aspiring to be good, effective board leaders.


Why join?

  • Be a part of like-minded BIPOC professionals.

  • Learn best practices in board governance, fundraising, nonprofit finance, and strategic management.

  • Obtain a board leadership training certificate of completion.

  • Network with nonprofit organizations seeking board members.   

Is the training program only for people who live in San Luis Obispo County? 
- No, we welcome individuals who are willing to travel.


How often is the training offered? 
- We plan to offer two training sessions per year.


What are the completion requirements? 
- Must attend both days and participate in group work.

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