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About the Program

The Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI) is an eight-month nonprofit board training and matching program. Meeting one day per month, comprehensive curriculum ensures participants have the knowledge, tools and inspiration to be effective nonprofit board members, including a clear understanding of board governance, organizational sustainability, fiscal responsibility and fundraising. In addition to classroom training, RLI fellows are paired with a local nonprofit partner for a six-month field experience to gain a better understanding of the nonprofit’s mission and the community it serves, as well as the strategic and tactical issues facing nonprofit boards.

How to Apply


Applications for Riordan Leadership Institute Class 55 are now closed. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please fill out the form below. Please reach out to  if you have any questions.

Riordan Leadership Institute Interest Form 


Tuition for Riordan Leadership Institute is $2,500, which includes full participation in seminars, all materials, meals and ground transportation. A 10 percent discount is available for SCLN alumni and members of the L.A. Area Chamber. Limited tuition assistance may be available for qualified candidates with demonstrated financial need. If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance, please indicate on the application once it becomes available.

For more information, contact SCLN, 213.806.7900.

Thank you to our Sponsor:​

“My experience with RLI has been extremely beneficial. When I joined RLI, my hope was to gain understanding of how a board functions — make decisions, work through tasks and address challenges. RLI has not only provided tools that will be helpful in my nonprofit development but also my work life and even home life. RLI’s amazing speakers broke down topics in an informative and enjoyable manner." 


Katrice Offord (RLI 50)

The Capital Group

Watch our RLI 54 Info Session to Learn More

Become an RLI Nonprofit Partner

The Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI) is an eight-month board training and matching fellowship that empowers and prepares diverse professionals for lifelong civic leadership as nonprofit board members.

Unlike other board training programs, RLI also helps local nonprofit organizations build their capacity and connect with prospective board members who are drawn from the professional ranks of major businesses, have a strong history of community involvement, and are ready to make a commitment to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization.

  • Connect with prospective board members who are drawn from the professional ranks of major businesses and other community leaders

  • Leverage the expertise and skills of a RLI fellow through a project-based field experience who will increase capacity and further the work of your board and organization

  • Access the training gained by the RLI fellow

  • Raise the visibility of your organization within the local community






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