Veronica Mount knew she wanted to start her own nonprofit in 2014 — she established the 501c3 — but there was still a lot for her to learn.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) gave her the knowledge she needed.

Mount is the executive director of Land of Promise (LOP). The nonprofit’s mission is to bring awareness, inspire hope and develop programs to address food inequities in Greater Atlanta with hopes of one day eradicating food insecurity.

“As a grassroots nonprofit, I think VIP is critical,” Mount says. “There is no scientific formula to creating a productive board of directors, and the members do not know it all. However, thanks to VIP, we have trained board members that bring their skills and abilities to carry out the mission at Land of Promise.”

VIP is an essential investment in improving the effectiveness of clearly established standards of good practices for those wanting to serve on a nonprofit board, Mount says.

VIP was started in 1992 in order to identify, recruit and place diverse leaders from the Greater Atlanta region into policy making roles in order to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies in the community. These training programs are offered twice in the spring and fall and once in the summer. In the spring and fall, they meet once a week in three-hour sessions for 10 weeks at Loudermilk Conference Center at 40 Courtland St. NE. in downtown Atlanta. The summer sessions have four, full-day sessions on Saturdays.

Those workshops range from fundraising, strategic planning and marketing to financial and legal decision making.

The program has graduated more than 2,600 community leaders since its inception and provided service to more than 500 nonprofit boards and committees throughout Greater Atlanta.

“The board is the entity that helps me keep our strategic plan on track,” Mount says.

According to LOP’s annual report, in 2018 Land of Promise has provided support to 17 schools and 391 children in Atlanta, with the help of more than 20 collaborators. Land of Promise has used United Way’s Child Well-Being study to help re-affirm its focus on serving the children suffering from food insecurity in areas of low to very-low child well-being.

Mount is a United Way VIP alumna. She said VIP graduates have the tools to serve as effective board members of nonprofit agencies. It provided necessary training and relationships for her and building those connections have been beneficial for Land of Promises’ Board of Directors.

She said VIP Executive Director Janice Robinson does a great job of keeping the curriculum current. VIP also hosts an annual  board recruitment fair in October for nonprofits like hers to convene with future board members.

“I believe in the program and recommend it,” Mount says. “The training is invaluable, and I am not aware of similar programs in the area.”

VIP is currently recruiting for its spring and summer sessions. Click here for more about how you can contribute to other nonprofit boards in Greater Atlanta, and email vip@unitedwayatlanta.org for information about how to sign up.

 

Congratulations to the graduates of our 2019 Fall VIP Training Program!

We look forward to hearing about your future successes in board appointments.

Interested in finding out more about VIP and board training?
Check out the Volunteer Involvement Program.

 

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Complete List of Fall 2019 Graduates

Marlene Anderson AT&T
Jean Anderson Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Shanika Asher Ernst & Young
Atiara Brown Bank of America
Natasha Brown Department of Health and Human Services – HRSA
Johnetta Bush Sun Trust Bank/SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Monique Collins Trusted Hands  Senior Care LLC/Atlanta Healthcare LLC
Solomon Colvin III Sands Investment Group
Whitney Constien Douglas County Chamber
Carlton Cosby The Department of Housing and Urban Development
Daniel Crumby Law Office of Daniel R. Crumby
Monica DeMoura Edwards Lifesciences
Lucretia Doyle Points of Light
Cherie Dunford Anthem
Jay Eisner DeKalb County Police Department
Nadia Fountain Sun Trust Bank
Mykal Fraser Thought Logic
Jessica Frisco The Frisco Touch Massage
Jonella Gavin Thermo Fisher Scientific
William Green Future Foundation
Regina  Guinn Datum Software, Inc.
Janet Hill INROADS
Alexis Holt Reflexis Inc.
Korri Jones Chick-fil-a
Andre Ledgister Partnership for Southern Equity
LaToya Lester Tinuiti
Janice Love Sargeant
Adam Martin Chick-fil-a,  Inc.
Nicole Massiah Massiah Law & Associates
Reginald Matthews NFL Thread/The Playbook; Lawyer
Tiffany Moore US Department of Justice
Erica Orr N/A
Bianca Parrish J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
Courtney Patterson City of Atlanta Dept. of Watershed Management
Norman Pitts Kavo Kerr/Dental Imaging Equipment
AnneMarie Scully Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan
LaTanya Simmons Aon
Lori Smith INCLUDE YOU! The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Paradigm
Laurie Thomas Morris Brown College Foundation, Inc.
Marvin Vaughn MCV Strategy Solutions
Renae Veira AT&T
Afryca Wagstaff-Lynch Coca-Cola UNITED
Terri  Wilkerson Inspire Brands
Jenelle Wingfield Fulton County Schools
Jarrod Woodley Firstkey Homes
Akil Word-Daniels IBM
Aisha Wyatt Retired

 

We are always happy to share the great news of Alumni Placements with the community.

 


Madeline Tapper

Spring 2019 VIP Graduate

Madeline is Senior Data, Global Analyst with Habitat for Humanity International. She recently joined the board of the Atlanta Counseling Center. They provide psychological evaluation, therapy, education and preventive care to individuals, families and groups. Congratulations, Madeline!

 

 


Janice Robinson

Congratulations to our own Janice Robinson. The Atlanta Business Chronicle honored leaders and revolutionaries who are embracing equality across all areas of diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. Janice was selected as a Civic Diversity Champion due to her work with United Way VIP, where she has trained more than 2600 potential board members.

 

 


Tesha Winslow
Summer 2018 VIP Graduate

Tesha is Director, Corporate Loan Officer, with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and recently joined the board of Girls of Excellence. Their mission is to inspire girls to believe in their power to be confident, smart, and ambitious with a commitment to achieve excellence in their education, personal development, and their community.

 

 


Jacky Chen
Fall 2017 VIP Graduate

Jacky is a Commercial Real Estate Sales Analyst at SunTrust Bank. He currently serves as the Board President of the Georgia Tech Atlanta Intown Network and is the Board Vice President, National Liaison for the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

African-American Partnership Member Spotlight: Janice Robinson
Executive Director of Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP)

AAP: Tell us about your role at United Way of Greater Atlanta and how you impact the company’s strategic goals?
Janice: As the Executive Director of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program, my role is to develop and manage the execution of a Board Governance curriculum for corporate and community volunteers, and nonprofit agency board and staff across greater Atlanta. VIP alumni serve to strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Atlanta and beyond by providing well-trained board members.

AAP: What advice would you give to someone wanting a career in community engagement?
Janice: You must have a love for people and the community. Community engagement is a strategic process that focuses on the practices and processes required to maintain a healthy and responsive community. It is a science and an art and when done well, it is a joy.

There are six key skills needed to be successful: 1) people 2) communications 3) project management 4) organizational 5) negotiation 6) data analysis.

If you possess these and are motivating and persuasive, then this work could be for you.

AAP: How have you seen VIP change during your time at United Way?
Janice: VIP has grown from a program that was offered annually and trained 35 leaders to our current model of five sessions annually, including summer, and training upwards of 150 leaders. The leaders have become more diverse, formerly they were mainly corporate leaders; they are now, corporate, nonprofit and community leaders and those that are currently serving on a board to those wanting to start a nonprofit.

We have also developed a customized training, boardDigest, to provide in-house trainings for corporations throughout greater Atlanta.

AAP: What is your favorite quote?
Janice: To whom much is given, much will be required.

#WhyWednesday: Starr Davis
“Along my journey, I was blessed to be able to have so many people help me out and think it’s important that I give back and help others as well.”

Today, Founder and Executive Director of the Starr Institute and VIP alum, Starr Davis, shares why giving back to her community is important to her.

United Way’s (Volunteer Involvement Program) VIP is a 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. Learn more about VIP here.

Congratulations to the graduates of our 2019 Spring VIP Training Program!

We look forward to hearing about your future successes in board appointments.

Interested in finding out more about VIP and board training?
Check out the Volunteer Involvement Program.

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Complete List of Spring 2019 Graduates

Natasha Bailey CallRail Inc.
Andrea Barnett National Association of Minority Contractors Greater Atlanta Branch
Timothy Buchanan Together Friends Organization
Larce Carter V Self-Employed
Melissa Chambers Royally Yours
Wayne Clayton Clayton County Public Schools
Myron Davis KNAV, P.A. Certified Public Accounts
Jamal Dismuke Paradigm Management & Consultants
Makeba Dixon-Hill Spelman College
William Dobbins IBM
Sanjiv Doreswamy Grand River LLC
Ayana Dunston Georgia Charter Schools Association
Lucretia Gant DeKalb County School District – Chamblee Charter HS
Corey Goerdt Fisher & Phillips LLP
Preeyal Gupta Aetna
Junior Harewood United Healthcare
Danita Harris The Harris-Harris Group, LLC
Jeffery Henderson Youth Branding University
Shaun Herbert AT&T
Katy Hilbert Children’s Voice: CASA, Inc.
Bryan Hilburn Hills Academy
Sharon Hillman Delta Vacations
Stephanie Hooks LexisNexis Risk Solutions
James Jones AT&T
Elaine Katz Harvard Group International
Paul Larkin Quest Diagnostics
Omari Leggett Penciled Consulting
Bisa Lewis Black Child Development Institute – Atlanta Affiliate
Trenise Lyons Goodwill of North Georgia
Juan Mejia JCM Ventures
Robyn Polynice Anthem
Khalil Robinson Allsource
Richard Romanowski R-Cubed
Dorothy Rose The Hair Spot
Antonio Saintiague UPS
Sharicka Samuels Ernst & Young
Bettina Sellers Sellers of Faith Counseling & Consultation
Jacinta Smith United Way of Greater Atlanta – AmeriCorps, Project Health Access
Daniel Sterling Jabian Consulting
Madeline Tapper United Way of Greater Atlanta
John Thomas Morgan Stanley
Bryce Thomason Digital Vibes LLC
Angelyn Thompson Anthem
Sade’ Tidwell Fisher & Phillips LLP
Shanice Turner Forum For Youth Investment
Belinda Vickerson Belinda Vickerson Photography LLC
Angela Walton Breakthrough Marketing Consulting
Derrica Williams Concepts, Inc.
Trudy Willis Clayton County Public Schools
Ashley  Winston The Home Depot

When providing board service to nonprofit organizations, staying on top of continued learning and other board member updates is critical. Take a look at some important resources to keep you in-the-know!

 

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.
www.allianceonline.org

 

Blue Avocado

Blue Avocado is an online magazine fueled by a bimonthly newsletter designed to provide practical, tactical tips and tools to nonprofit leaders.
www.blueavocado.org

 

Board Café

Board Café is a newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Short enough to read over a cup of very strong coffee, the Board Café offers a menu of ideas, opinion, news, and resources to help board members give and get the most out of board service.
www.blueavocado.org/category/topic/board-cafe

 

BoardSource

BoardSource is a resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide. Their highly acclaimed programs and services enable organizations to fulfill their missions by helping build strong and effective nonprofit boards.
www.boardsource.org

 

The Center for Nonprofit Resources

The Center for Nonprofit Resources ensures nonprofit organizations in our area have the information and resources required to operate in an efficient and effective manner.
www.c4npr.org

 

Charity Channel

Charity Channel is first and foremost a professional community. We invite you to browse or search the trove of articles and books written by your in-the-trenches peers who call CharityChannel their professional home.
www.charitychannel.com

 

CompassPoint

CompassPoint helps leaders, nonprofit organizations and movements committed to social justice realize their full power.
www.compasspoint.org/tools-and-resources

 

Free Management Library

Free Management Library has everything you need to know about nonprofit board governance.
www.managementhelp.org/boards/boards.htm

 

Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Georgia Center for Nonprofits aims to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia.
www.gcn.org

 

National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits. View the most recent additions, browse by category or tag, or search for the specific information you are looking for below.
www.councilofnonprofits.org

 

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center inspires effective risk management and Risk Champions across the nonprofit sector. We enable nonprofit leaders to identify and manage risks that threaten their missions and operations, while empowering them to leverage opportunities and take bold, mission-advancing risks.
www.nonprofitrisk.org

 

The Nonprofit Times

The Nonprofit Times, a flagship publication, celebrating 31 years, reaches more than 36,000 executives of the nonprofit community in print and digital format, ranging from C-Suite executives to directors of fundraising, marketing, social media, and human resources departments to accounting and other financial management decision-makers. Nonprofit sector influencers on all levels turn to The NPT for news, information, and insight that consistently helps them achieve their professional goals.
www.thenonprofittimes.com

#WhyWednesday: Neha Negandhi

“If you are a citizen in this community, you are responsible for the legacy you leave for this generation and the generations that come after that.”

Neha Negandhi, United Way VIP graduate and host of the radio show Seen from the INside, shares why she gives back and gets involved in her community.

Are you ready to build connections and a legacy of community service? United Way’s Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) can help you get there. With three 10-week sessions a year, United Way of Greater Atlanta’s VIP board training program helps develop civic-minded individuals into effective board members. Click here to apply!

Stephanie graduated from VIP program in 1999, served on AAP Cabinet for past four years

By Bradley Roberts

When Stephanie Gloster moved to Atlanta in 1998 from Virginia, she knew that she wanted to get involved in community work in some way.

She was familiar with United Way —she was introduced to the organization at her previous company— but she wanted to find a way to serve in other ways outside of her donation.

“That was when I found out about the VIP program,” Stephanie says.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program has helped transform volunteers into community leaders for the past 25 years.

This is a program that raises a diverse group of community leaders to serve on boards of nonprofit organizations and in leadership positions in the Greater Atlanta area.

“It gave me that connection with United Way, and I liked the fact that it would train you for board service — that training has paid off over the years for me,” she says.

Stephanie went through workshops on fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and financial and legal decision making.

“Since then, I served on different boards,” Stephanie said. “I was on the board for transitional housing and homelessness, I have served as the director of technology for National Black MBA, Back on My Feet Atlanta, American Cancer Society Cobb and I’m currently on the Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link board.”

She is also on the Duke University Engineering Alumni Council and the Duke Alumni Association in Atlanta, Stephanie says.

“I had some times when I was serving on two or three boards at the same time,” she said with a laugh.

After serving on multiple nonprofit boards, Stephanie said she became heavily involved in United Way of Greater Atlanta.

“I got an email from [Senior Director of the VIP Program] Janice [Robinson] that she had sent out to VIP graduates talking about the [African American Partnership] and asking us if anyone was interested in serving on the Cabinet, and I sent in my application,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie was a graduate of the program in 1999. She was “very eager” to serve on a board, Robinson said.

“My goal is to make sure that all alumni have an opportunity to serve, so I always share with them open board opportunities,” Robinson said.
Robinson said she has helped Stephanie develop board connections and United Way opportunities since she graduated through the program.

“VIP trains community leaders like Stephanie to be effective board members,” Robinson said. “By doing so, community organizations become stronger and more effective.”

Stephanie was selected to serve on the AAP Cabinet. She has served as the membership committee chair and vice chair of the AAP affinity group. She’s currently wrapping up her term as chair, she says.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership was formed in 2000 after Dr. Johnnetta Cole saw there wasn’t enough leadership positions for African-Americans in Greater Atlanta.

Since its formation, AAP has garnered more than 1,000 members and raised more than $2.2 million annually for United Way.

AAP’s signature cause is powering the potential of African-American boys and young men toward academic achievement.

AAP Director Bryan Vinson said Stephanie “leads by example.”

“She sets the pace for the Cabinet with her unwavering commitment to community, leveraging networks to expand resources and drive toward innovation and increased efficiency,” Vinson said. “During Stephanie’s four years on the AAP Cabinet — two years as chair— our brand and presence in the community has grown exponentially.”

Stephanie said since she’s been on the Cabinet she’s seen the group expand to include more corporate sponsors, they have equipped six schools with after school-type activities they call, “Build a Library,” they hosted different youth mentoring events and have seen the annual Leadership Luncheon grow exponentially.

“Our largest fundraiser is the luncheon, and the first year we did it we had about 100 people in attendance,” Stephanie said. “We have more than 1,300 that attended the last one.”

Stephanie said AAP is a group that is important to her “because [AAP is] focusing on a segment of people that are often overlooked.” She has enjoyed interacting with the students over the years.

Stephanie was recently recognized for her service to the community with the Women of Excellence award from the Atlanta Tribune. She credits her time at AAP for helping her come out of her shell. It has helped her grow into her leadership roles as she’s taken on new career paths.

“Indirectly, AAP helped build my leadership skills and helped me with public speaking and community engagement,” she says. “I’ve met wonderful people and built lifelong friendships. I’m looking forward to attending different events after my time as Chair ends.”

We are always happy to share the great news of Alumni Placements with the community.

 

Belinda Walker
2009 VIP Graduate

Belinda recently joined the United Way of Greater Atlanta Gwinnett County Advisory Board. Belinda also serves as First Vice President of Programs for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.

 

 

 

Ketiwe Zipperer
Summer 2018 VIP Graduate

Ketiwe is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting. She recently joined the board of DeKalb County CASA. DeKalb County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) train and support CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care.

 

 

 

Jaselyn Williams
Fall 2018 VIP Graduate

Jaselyn is the Senior HR Business Partner with Digital Realty. Jaselyn is quickly putting her VIP knowledge to use after recently joining the board of Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation. Their mission is to educate, activate, motivate, and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, health, fitness, nutrition and total wellness.

 

 

Joy Dyess
Fall 2017 VIP Graduate

Joy is Vice President, Director of Special Projects with BankSouth Mortgage and Vice President-Elect, Advocacy & Initiatives Council with the Junior League of Atlanta. Joy recently joined the United Way of Greater Atlanta Cobb County Advisory Board where she will work create a thriving community in Cobb County.