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Alums Say Blueprint’s the Way to Be Board Savvy

Whether you want to prepare for your first foray into nonprofit board service or are on a board and want to polish your skills, the United Way Blueprint for Board Service program is for you.

The next Blueprint class starts March 25, and January 24 is the “early bird” deadline to submit your application form and non-refundable application fee online at the discounted rate of $15. Class topics include governance, nonprofit finance and accounting, and legal and ethical transparency, among others.

Stephanie Valadez, Human Resources Manager at North Texas LEAD, graduated from the spring 2013 Blueprint class (shown above). “All of the Blueprint sessions were very well organized, and the speakers were always very informative and engaging,” she recalled. “It was very beneficial, and I would highly recommend it to anybody else.”

Stephanie had wanted to become a nonprofit board member for some time, and meeting representatives of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition during the Blueprint “speed networking” session led to her becoming a board member of that organization. “I’m enjoying being able to take on more of a leadership role in community service. I think this is a great opportunity to grow professionally as well as give back to the community,” she said.

Brandy Gonzales, Employee Engagement and Foundation Specialist at Alcon Laboratories, was already a PTA board member at Bruce Shulkey Elementary School when she took the Blueprint class last spring. Even so, she wanted to learn more about the responsibilities and expectations of a nonprofit board member. “I wanted to make sure I was being the best board member I could be, and if there was more that I could contribute,” she said. Since graduating from the Blueprint class, Brandy has also joined the alumni board at Texas Wesleyan University.

Sessions of the spring 2014 Blueprint class will be held every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6 and May 13 (optional “speed networking” session). The $300 tuition covers meals and materials. Limited partial tuition scholarships are available.

For more information, or to apply, click here.