Gulf Coast Board Institute


The Gulf Coast Board Institute provides high-level board governance training to new and veteran nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. Combining interactive educational sessions with follow-up peer discussions, the Board Institute helps ensure that our nonprofit partners have access to a deep pool of skilled and knowledgeable board members.



Fall 2020 Virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute

We are excited to announce that this session will be delivered on a fully virtual platform. Attendees will participate in four half-day interactive training experiences over a four-week period beginning October 6 through Zoom. All reference materials provided in previous institutes will be shared with attendees

The sessions will focus on the basics of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight of your organization and engaging your high functioning board. Participants will be selected through a competitive process with applications opening on July 29 and closing on August 23.

The Fall 2020 session will begin on Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. To read our full program overview please download our GCBI Fall 2020 Overview document. All applicants are also required to sign a Statement of Commitment form.

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About Gulf Coast Board Institute

At Gulf Coast, we envision a region known for endowed philanthropy, a vital nonprofit community, and the ability to address emerging issues. The Gulf Coast Board Institute is our latest investment in strengthening our nonprofit partners through our Invest in Incredible initiative.

The Board Institute is offered several times each year to provide high-level governance training to volunteer board members. Participants for each session are selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences.

Regardless of prior board experience, all participants should possess a personal commitment to use what they learn through the Gulf Coast Board Institute to strengthen the governance capacity of a nonprofit organization in the Gulf Coast region.  

Each session of the Gulf Coast Board Institute welcomes up to 24 individuals, who participate in four training experiences over a four-week period. Participants receive a comprehensive overview of governance issues as well as in-depth exploration of key governance topics. All training and resources are provided at no cost to participants selected for the Board Institute.