The Board Game

A leadership development training and matching program for nonprofit board service

Under Civic Engagement, San Antonians envisioned a city that “cultivates inspired and effective leaders in selfless service to the community.” SA2020 recently surveyed 144 Nonprofit Partners and identified an opportunity for cultivating leadership and service through more than 600 nonprofit board openings.

The Board Game invites San Antonians to learn how to successfully apply and serve on a nonprofit board. Given the importance of representing the communities we serve, people of color (especially women and gender non-conforming folks of color), people who live in City Council Districts 2-7, and folks under the age of 40 are encouraged to apply. Based on the current needs of Nonprofit Partners, people with experience in fundraising, marketing and public relations/communications, technology, advancing equity, and strategic planning are also encouraged to apply. At the training, SA2020 will match participants to current board openings with Nonprofit Partners.

The Process


1. Apply

In order to match the right leaders with the right organizations, we’ll need your info. The Board Game application will open in February 2020. Meanwhile, learn more about San Antonio’s Community Vision. The application will ask about the Community Results you’re most passionate about. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. (Scholarships are available; please email us for information once the application opens.)

2. Learn

Join us for a half-day training in which you’ll learn how to successfully apply for and serve on a nonprofit board. At the training, SA2020 will match participants to current board openings with Nonprofit Partners. Training will take place in May and participants will have the option of two dates. Training registration cost is based on a sliding scale, from $65-$200.

3. Serve

The matches will be informed by Nonprofit Partners’ current board needs, including representation, knowledge, skills, and experience. Participants will be prepared to start the application process for the board on which they choose to serve. SA2020 will follow up with participants and organizations to ask about their experiences.