GENeration United BoardSERVE Seminar

GEN U members and Peoria area young-professionals are invited to attend GEN U's Fall 2018 BoardSERVE seminar. BoardSERVE is a two-evening seminar designed to help emerging leaders learn what it takes to serve on a nonprofit committee or board of directors. Registration for the Fall 2018 seminar is now open!

Fall 2018 boardserve seminar:

November 5 + November 7, 2018 | 4 - 7 p.m. | Heart of illinois united way carriage house (509 W. High St., peoria)

Space is limited and this event fills up each year, so we encourage early registration. For more information about BoardSERVE, please see the description and FAQs below. Specific questions may be directed to Nate Cummings at nate.cummings@local.unitedway.org


About BoardSERVE

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Learn what it takes to serve on a nonprofit committee or Board of Directors through our BoardSERVE seminars. Offered in the spring and fall, BoardSERVE attendees learn about the financial, marketing, fundraising, and strategic components to serving on a nonprofit committee or Board through presentations by local nonprofit and business leaders. Afterwards, participants work one-on-one with GEN U members to identify where in the community they would like to donate their time and talents, and we set them up with those agencies. Over 160 individuals have gone through the program, and 85% of those surveyed now serve on a nonprofit committee or Board of Directors. To learn more about this program, contact Nate Cummings (nate.cummings@local.unitedway.org).


frequently asked questions (Faqs)

What is BoardSERVE? 

BoardSERVE is a two-evening seminar designed especially for young professionals. The intent of the seminar is to equip attendees with the knowledge they need to comfortably serve on a nonprofit board or committee of their choosing. Specific topics include finance, marketing, fundraising, strategy, and types of nonprofit boards. Speakers include area corporate, nonprofit, and higher education leaders. Sessions are lecture-based, but offer ample opportunities for discussion and interactive activities. After the two-evening seminar is complete, Heart of Illinois United Way / GEN U will work with interested BoardSERVE participants to match them with a nonprofit board or committee that meets their interests.

BoardSERVE has been offered since 2012 and is coordinated by GEN U, the Heart of Illinois United Way young professionals' organization. More than 160 people have completed the program.

Who should come to BoardSERVE?

All are welcome at BoardSERVE, but this seminar is especially beneficial for emerging leaders (ages 23-40) interested in serving on a nonprofit board or committee. Past attendees already serving on a nonprofit board or committee have shared that BoardSERVE helped them be a better leader within their volunteer role. Each year, a wide array of Peoria area businesses are represented. Individuals do not have to be a GEN U member to attend this seminar.

Who are the speakers?

All BoardSERVE speakers are recognized corporate, nonprofit, and higher education leaders. Past BoardSERVE speakers have included Dr. Larry Weinzimmer, Senator Chuck Weaver, and various nonprofit and corporate CEOs.

Is BoardSERVE two nights? Do I need to attend both?

Yes, BoardSERVE is held on two non-consecutive weekday evenings. Different content is covered on both evenings, so we highly encourage registrants to attend both sessions.

Can you tell me more about the Spring 2018 BoardSERVE? 

  • When: Fall 2018 BoardSERVE will be held on November 5th and 7th, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

  • Where: Heart of Illinois United Way Carriage House (located at the back of the property at 509 W. High St., Peoria)

  • Cost: $45 per person, includes dinner on both nights + take-home resource binder

  • Register: You may register online here. If you'd like to pay via check or cash, please contact Nate Cummings at nate.cummings@local.unitedway.org.

I have another question. Who can I talk to?

Please contact Nate Cummings (United Way staff) at nate.cummings@local.unitedway.org or 309.674.5181.