CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Applications are not being accepted for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s revamped Board Academy.

According to a release, service-oriented community members who want to strengthen the local social impact sector and build community are invited to apply to the 2023 academy.

This academy helps to prepare people for board and committee service in nonprofits, municipal government, and community organizations.

Participants will be able to help further the community’s capacity to meet future challenges through a growing group of trained and committed community board members.

The release says the program has been re-envisioned over the past year so that it puts more focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as well as providing a better experience to prepare participants to be productive nonprofit board members.

“We strongly believe that diversity of experience contributes to strong board leadership and that effective, well-functioning boards are essential in creating a thriving social impact sector,” said CNE Executive Director Cristine Nardi. “We actively encourage anyone interested in building an equitable and just community to consider applying for Board Academy.” 

The release says the Board Academy is tailored to those who are new to nonprofit board service and those who have experience with it, specifically focusing on younger leaders and people from historically underrepresented communities.

“Board Academy will make participants more effective board members through gaining a strong understanding of board governance, honing their collaborative skills, and preparing them to redress the systemic inequities ingrained in nonprofit organizations and institutions,” said Brian Ullman, CNE Senior Manager of Learning and Impact.

The academy takes place between late January to early June, with people taking part in workshops, evening sessions, assigned readings and more.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31. More information can be found here.