Applications are now open for the 2018 NYC Good Governance Summer Academy


Apply by Friday, May 18th

The NYC Good Governance Summer Academy provides nonprofit executive leadership with the knowledge, tools, and resources to improve their board governance practices, as well as build a community of support and learning among participants. Summer Academy trainings are facilitated by members of the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition, a group of nonprofit governance experts led by NYC Service.

Training material is based on the NYC Good Governance Blueprint, which includes best practices, resources, and tools around governance for nonprofit executives and board members. This resource was also developed by the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition. 


Who should apply?

NYC nonprofits in transition: including leadership (ED/CEO or board) and/or business model transitions.

When is the Summer Academy?

  • Thursday, July 12: Governance Principles
  • Monday, July 30: Board and Staff Structure & Board Development
  • Tuesday, August 7: Financial Management and Oversight 
  • Thursday, August 16: Strategic Planning and Management

All sessions will be held from 9:30am-12:30 pm. The final training will be followed by a reception. 

How will my organization benefit?

  • Four free governance training sessions
  • Problem-solving tactics for board challenges
  • Networking and resource sharing with NYC nonprofit leaders
  • Opportunity to receive free consulting session
  • Additional free training
  • Office of the Mayor Certificate of Recognition

How to apply?

  1. Nonprofit ED/CEO must complete and submit this application.
  2. After submission, the ED/CEO will receive an email with a link to the board member application.
  3. The ED/CEO must share the board application link with any participating board members, as they are required to complete an abridged application.

Please note that preference will be given to organizations that can commit the participation of both the ED/CEO and a board member for all four training sessions (the participating board member can alternate between sessions).

The ED/CEO application is required and must be submitted before board members apply. We encourage interested board members to share this opportunity with their ED/CEO.

We recommend that the ED/CEO complete the application well in advance of the deadline, to ensure participating board members are able to complete their abridged application by Friday, May 18.


Please direct all inquiries to Crystal Avila, NYC Service Capacity Building Coordinator, at

Access the NYC Good Governance Blueprint