The Board Game

A leadership development training and matching program for nonprofit board service

What is The Board Game?

As part of the shared Community Vision, San Antonians envisioned a city that “fosters leaders across the community who collaborate to reach shared goals.” SA2020’s 100+ Nonprofit Partners annually report more than 400 open seats on their Boards of Directors and the need to diversify their boards by race, gender, age, geography, and expertise. The Board Game bridges that gap.

With a focus on advancing racial equity, SA2020 trains the leadership of Nonprofit Partners on best practices in board development and recruits San Antonians to learn how to successfully apply and serve on a nonprofit board. Then, SA2020 matches San Antonians to current board openings based on the expertise identified by participating Nonprofit Partners. By targeting recruitment to people of color, people in City Council Districts 2-7, and people under 40, The Board Game helps make local nonprofit boards more representative of San Antonio. 

How Does The Board Game Work?

The Board Game is for both community members interested in becoming nonprofit board members and Nonprofit Partners interested in board development. Choose the program details you’d like to see below.

1. Apply

During the application process, you’ll share your areas of expertise, which Community Results speak most to you, why you’re interested in serving on a nonprofit board, and your demographic information. The application includes a $25 non-refundable application fee. (Do not let this fee deter you from applying—a limited number of scholarships are available.) For more info, watch a recording of our participant info session. Participant applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 31 (extended deadline).

2. Register & Attend Training

SA2020 will invite successful applicants to a virtual training in September to learn how to successfully apply and serve on a nonprofit board. The training will have a registration cost based on a sliding scale, from $65-$200 and scholarships are available. SA2020 will offer two cohort options. Participation in a cohort is required to receive your matches.

Saturday Cohort:
September 10 & 17, from 9:45 am – 12:00 pm each day

Tuesday Cohort:
September 13 & 20 from 8:45 am – 11:00 am each day

3. Meet Your Matches

SA2020 will match you (as best we can) with nonprofit organizations whose board needs align with your areas of expertise. (See a list of participating nonprofit partners.) If you receive matches, leaders from those organizations will reach out after the trainings so that you can learn more about the organization, requirements of serving on their board, and board application process. If you both think it’s a good match, you’ll be ready to apply to serve on their board.

1. Apply

Nonprofit Partners interested in participating must complete a board survey to share info about their board, including the current demographic make up and areas of expertise you’re looking for. Nonprofit Partners can complete the board needs survey now. Surveys must be submitted by 11:59pm on June 19 to participate.

2. Register & Attend Training

SA2020 will host a virtual training for Nonprofit Partners, offered on two different days. Participation in this training is required* to receive matches. The training will share best practices in board development, including how to advance racial equity.

Nonprofit Training I: August 30 from 8:45am – 11:00 am

Nonprofit Training II: September 1 from 8:45 am – 11:00 am

*If your organization participated in The Board Game in 2021 and you have not had a leadership change (Executive Director/CEO), this requirement will be waived, however, additional staff members or Board Members are encouraged to join a training session.

3. Meet Your Matches

After the trainings, your organization will receive your matches. You will review their resumes and invite any who may be prospective board members to a short meeting to learn more about the organization, responsibilities of board service, and process to apply. If interested, matches are then expected to go through your organization’s typical application process to join your board.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Board Game is made possible by local community sponsors. Read more about 2022 sponsorship opportunities below. Interested in supporting The Board Game? Reach out to the SA2020 Team.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

FAQs for Prospective Board Members

While everyone is invited to apply, given the importance of representing the communities we serve, people of color (especially women and gender non-conforming people of color), people who live in City Council Districts 2-7, and folks under the age of 40 are particularly encouraged to apply.

You don’t need to have any board service experience to participate in The Board Game. Everyone is invited to join us for the trainings, and folks are matched to organizations based on their expertise, including professional and lived experiences.

Application Fee: Applicants must submit a $25 non-refundable application fee due with the application.

Training Fee: Participants must submit a training fee when registering for a training session. To make our events as accessible as possible, SA2020 offers three options:

  • The Sustainer level ticket ($125) covers the actual cost per attendee. This ticket is for folks who have the resources to cover this level, or their organization is purchasing or contributing to the cost of their registration.
  • The Connector level ticket ($65) is discounted for folks who are covering the ticket cost out of their own limited funds, including students, underemployed individuals, or those living on a fixed income.
  • The Multiplier level ticket ($200) makes the event more affordable for folks who need it by allowing SA2020 to offer the Connector-level ticket option.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we can offer a limited number of scholarships to participants. The scholarship covers the application fee and training cost. If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, select the box at the end of the application. SA2020 will notify applicants of their scholarship status by Thursday, August 25, 2022. If you are not provided a scholarship, you will have the option to pay the application fee and the training registration fee at that time. 

The application will ask you about your areas of expertise, which Community Results speak most to you, why you’re interested in serving on a nonprofit board, and your demographic information. We ask for your demographics because we know organizations are stronger when their boards represent the communities they serve, and this information will help make San Antonio nonprofit boards more representative of the community.

The board service training will help you learn how to successfully apply and serve on a nonprofit board. We’ll guide you through the basic responsibilities of nonprofit board service, help you understand how to embed racial equity in your work, and share takeaways from nonprofit leadership about what makes a board member successful. We know board service might seem a little daunting or overwhelming, so we’ve designed this training to give you the tools and resources you need to serve successfully. The training is made up of 2 morning sessions and each session is 2.5 hours long. The training sessions will be virtual and participation in both sessions is required. In order to accommodate schedules, we are offering one Saturday cohort and one Tuesday cohort, each across consecutive weeks:

  • Saturday Cohort: September 10 & 17 from 9:45 am – 12:00 pm each day
  • Tuesday Cohort: September 13 & 20 from 8:45am – 11:00 am each day
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SA2020 will review participant applications and reported gaps on Nonprofit Partner boards. SA2020 will then match applicants to nonprofit organizations whose board needs align with their areas of expertise. Based on board needs, some folks might be matched with two great organizations, while others might have up to eight matches. You’ll receive your matched organizations and some initial information about each matched organization at the end of the training.

After the training, leaders from organizations are asked to reach out to their matches to introduce themselves and share more about their needs and board application process. You’ll learn more about the organization, how your skills and experience might drive the mission of the organization, requirements of serving on their board, board application process, and you can decide if it’s the right match for you. In addition to board positions, you may also be recruited to participate on committees or councils.

Based on existing board needs, it’s possible that there won’t be a board opening for everyone this round. If we don’t have a match for you, we still encourage you to join us for the training and learn more about board service. SA2020 will then keep your application on file for the next year with the potential of matching you with a new SA2020 Partner or new board opening for the next year. In addition to board positions, you may also be recruited to participate on committees or councils.

Yes! See which nonprofits have signed up to participate so far. SA2020 will continue to update this list weekly.

FAQs for Nonprofit Partners

The Board Game is limited to our Nonprofit Partners. If your organization isn’t yet an SA2020 Partner, we invite you to apply! Your application must be received by 11:59 pm July 17 in order to participate.

Nonprofit Partners interested in participating must complete a board needs survey to share info about their board, including the current demographic make up and areas of expertise you’re looking for. Surveys must be submitted by 11:59pm on June 19 to participate.

The virtual training will share best practices in board development, including how to advance racial equity. This training is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Participation in this training is required* in order to receive matches.

  • Nonprofit Training I: August 30 from 8:45 am – 11:00 am 
  • Nonprofit Training II: September 1 from 8:45 am – 11:00 am

*If your organization participated in The Board Game in 2021 and you have not had a leadership change (Executive Director/CEO), this requirement will be waived, however, additional staff members or Board Members are encouraged to join a training session.

The Nonprofit Partner training will help organizations embed racial equity into their board development practices. SA2020 has found that longstanding change is more likely to occur when people across the hierarchy of an organization deepen their knowledge, learning, and commitment to racial equity at the same time and have a shared understanding of how to advance racial equity through nonprofit board service. Learn more about why racial equity matters to achieving San Antonio’s shared Community Vision.

SA2020 requires the participation of both the ED/CEO and a current Board member.* We also welcome any other team member who serves as a Board liaison.

*If your organization participated in The Board Game in 2021 and you have not had a leadership change (Executive Director/CEO), this requirement will be waived, however, additional staff members or Board Members are encouraged to join a training session.

You will receive the resume for your matched individuals, as well as their contact info. You should review their resumes and invite any who may be prospective board members to a short meeting to learn more about the organization, responsibilities of board service, and process to apply. If interested, matches are then expected to go through your organization’s typical application process to join your board. We do ask that you communicate with all of your matches whether you decide to meet with them or not. If an individual is not a good match for an open board position, we encourage you to consider them for a committee position as well.

We can’t guarantee that every organization will have a match during The Board Game, but the training will help you learn more about best practices for board development and recruitment outside of The Board Game and identify individuals for committee roles or other volunteer opportunities.

There is no cost to Nonprofit Partners for the training or matching program.

Have other questions about The Board Game? Ask us!

Special thanks to our 2022 Committee Members!

Nonprofit Team

Recruitment Team

Amanda Aguillen

Bethany Luis

Breanna Smith

Demonte Alexander

Maria Gonzales

Melissa Zarb-Cousin

Naomi Oyegoke

Nicolette Ardiente

Walter Rogers