Board Diversity Initiatives Advance in Columbia and Charleston

Posted By: Benjamin Bullock Together SC,

We're excited to announce that not one, but two initiatives for Nonprofit Board Diversity & Inclusion are underway in SC! 

Bridging Columbia Year Two Class Begins

Bridging Columbia's second cohort held its first of six classes on Wednesday, September 14, at the United Way of the Midlands. The training and development part of this year's class will conclude in December, and graduates will be ready for nomination to Midlands area nonprofit boards in January of 2023. Is your organization interested in considering a nominee from Bridging Columbia? Apply here.

Charleston Chamber announces Minority Board of Director Training Program

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with its members and partners is now offering a six- week seminar to train diverse leaders on how to effectively participate as Board members.  This equity centered instruction will prepare our rising minority leaders to be able to compete for opportunities to serve on local Boards.

The sessions will be two-hours in length and will be offered, in person, at the Chamber of Commerce.  Session topics are as follows:

Session 1 – “What it Means to be a Minority Board Member”

Session 2 – “Team Building”

Session 3 – Legal Accountability & Transparency”

Session 4 – “The Five- Core Competencies of Leadership”

Session 5 - “Financial Management”

Session 6 - “Communications, Advocacy & Fundraising”

*Session six will be followed by a completion celebration immediately following the session.

Upon completion, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will assist in finding Board assignments for those who are successful in the program. The program will begin on October 4th and will conclude on November 15th.  The cost for the program is $300.00.  Once all facilitators are confirmed, those names will be provided to the cohort.

If you or your organization have anyone that you would like to recommend for this program, please forward their information for consideration. For more information, please contact Richard Waring, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Chamber at