Provides training for interested and engaged members of the community to serve on nonprofit board engagement opportunities.

What is VIP?

United Way’s VIP is a 40-hour training program that develops leadership skills and increases volunteer participation in nonprofit boards across Greater Atlanta. Workshops include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and financial and legal decision making.

Become a VIP

Applications are solicited community-wide. The selection committee reviews applications and selects no more than 25 individuals per class. The selection criteria is designed to recruit a group of demonstrated leaders who are diverse in their ethnicity, profession and community service.

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  • This ten week program was an enjoyable process and I am proud to have been part of the group.

    - Paul E. Mendel, Senior VP Office Building Leasing & Investment Sales Project Manager Richard Bowers & Co. and RB Management Services
  • The experience was extremely beneficial and provided best practices and useful advice on being an active, engaged board member. I have applied what I learned in my service as a board member.

    - Stacye McCall, Staff Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Empathy and hard work alone don’t make a great nonprofit board member; we need effective training and a network of like-minded individuals as a support system to be great mission stewards. The program made me a better board member and servant leader. I’m proud to say, ‘I am VIP’.

    - Andrew McCaskill, SVP Global Communications, Nielsen
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VIP Alumni Association

We are approaching our 25th year helping people like you build better boards. Don’t you think it’s time we reunite…

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VIP Spring 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2017 Spring VIP Training Program Graduates! We look forward to hearing about your future successes in board…

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June VIP Board Member Opportunities

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