VIP Training

What is VIP?

United Way’s VIP is a 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 included in the VIP training include:

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Fundraising
  • Governing as a Team
  • The Boards Role in Nonprofit Marketing
  • Nonprofit Financial Governance
  • Legal and Ethical Decision-making
  • Crisis Communication
  • Intentional Leadership

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.


2022 United Way Training

Application Process

The program is offered in the spring, summer and fall.

The fall 2022 application process is now open.

The application deadline for fall 2022 is Friday, August 19, 2022. Please include a headshot with your completed application. Upon acceptance into the program, a $100 non-refundable Board Commitment Fee is due and a $550 fundraising exercise is due by the end of the program.


Mondays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:
September 12th, 19th, 26th
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
November 7th, 14th

Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:
September 14th, 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
November 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
  • a minimum budget of $50,000

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.