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Project Blueprint

Project Blueprint is a leadership development program designed to increase the number of underrepresented groups on local nonprofit boards and committees. The program consists of a series of training sessions that introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board so that they can become successful board members. United Way Worldwide launched Project Blueprint in 1987 as a pilot program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the first Project Blueprint class from United Way of Forsyth County graduated in 1992.  Project Blueprint is now a partnership between United Way of Forsyth County and HandsOn Northwest North Carolina.

Project Blueprint provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve on a nonprofit board or board committee, connections to a peer group of other civic minded persons, and placement assistance on a nonprofit board.  The program closely follows the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, published by BoardSource, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to increasing nonprofit board governance.

Applications are accepted through the deadline of February 15, 2019. Class size is limited to ensure a high quality experience and more meaningful networking. Classes will meet each Tuesday, March 12-May 21 from 12-2 pm (the first class on March 12 will meet slightly longer from 12-3:30 pm.)  All classes include a networking lunch. Participants are expected to attend all classes.  Check your calendar to make sure the dates and times do not conflict with other commitments.

Cost. $75/person and is due by March 12, 2019.  Many companies sponsor their employees’ tuition, but a limited number of partial scholarships are available.

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2019 Curriculum and Schedule
Orientation, March 12, 12-3:30 pm
Nonprofit Overview, Board Functions & Responsibilities, March 19, 12-2 pm
Selecting, Supporting and Evaluating the Chief Executive, March 26, 12-2 pm
Strategic Planning, April 2, 12-2 pm
Program & Service Evaluation, April 9, 12-2 pm
Philanthropy, April 23 12-2 pm
Fiscal Responsibility, April 30, 12-2 pm
Board Development and Operations, May 7 12-2 pm
Legal and Ethical Integrity, Advocacy, May 14 12-2 pm
Nonprofit Board Speed Dating, May 21 12-2 pm

  • “This class, along with the rest of the series, provided me with a wealth of knowledge to use for my future board opportunities.”
  • “There was a lot of information given in a short period of time. All of it was beneficial to my choice about choosing to participate in an organization.” 
  • “The program was structured very well and the lunches were so thoughtful…”

For more information, contact Kathy Davis.