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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the VIP official page.
2021 United Way Training
The program is offered in the spring, summer and fall. The spring 2021 application process is now open.
Note: Classes are offered virtually on either Monday or Wednesday’s from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2021. Please include a headshot with your completed application. Upon acceptance into the program, a $100 non-refundable Board Commitment Fee is due by March 10, 2021 and a $400 Fundraising exercise is due by the end of the program.
2021 Spring Training Dates
Mondays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
March: 15th, 22nd, 29th
April: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
May: 3rd, 10th, 17th
Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
March: 17th, 24th, 31st
April: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
May: 5th, 12th, 19th
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.