VIP Training

What is VIP?

United Way’s VIP is a 10-week, 40-hour training program offered in spring, summer and fall. It is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills and increase diverse volunteer participation in nonprofit board and leadership positions in Greater Atlanta. VIP gives participants the tools to serve as effective board members of local nonprofit agencies. Workshops include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and financial and legal decision making.

Applications are solicited community-wide. The selection committee reviews applications and selects no more than 25 individuals per class. The selection criteria are designed to recruit a group of demonstrated leaders who are diverse in their ethnicity, profession and community service. For more information, contact or visit the VIP official page.


Application Process

The program is offered in the spring, summer and fall. The spring 2018 application process is now open. Apply today. Note: Classes are offered on either Monday OR Wednesday’s from 4 – 7 p.m. in downtown Atlanta. Please select the day that best fits your schedule.

**The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018. Please provide a headshot with your completed application, email to Upon acceptance into the program, a $100 non-refundable Board Commitment Fee is due at the first training session and $400 fundraising exercise is due by the end of the program.


Mondays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the following dates:
March: 12th, 19th, 26th
April: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
May: 7th, 14th

Wednesdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the following dates:
March: 14th, 21st, 28th
April: 4th, 11th ,18th, 25th
May: 2nd, 9th, 16th


Agencies Seeking Board Members

Is your nonprofit agency seeking qualified candidates for your board of directors? VIP is a free program of United Way of Greater Atlanta that connects nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Atlanta area with qualified board candidates.

VIP specializes in recruiting volunteers with backgrounds in financial management, accounting, marketing, public relations, law, human resources, information technology, operational management, etc.

In order to participate, nonprofits need to fit the following criteria:

  • must be a 501c3; municipal, county, state and/or federal agency serving the public; or private (nonprofit) school within the 13-county United Way of Greater Atlanta service area (Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale)
  • must submit a list of your current board members

United Way VIP is an inclusive program. If you fit these criteria please complete the agency application. Requests from nonprofit organizations that do not meet all of the criteria but believe they would be a valuable participant and can demonstrate past performance in these areas will be considered. Please note that VIP does not guarantee a match.