Volunteers serving on nonprofit boards and committees help decide how important health, education and human service issues are addressed in Tarrant County. You can equip yourself to be a skilled and valued nonprofit volunteer through the United WayBlueprint for Board Service training program.
In just a month, you will learn about nonprofit governance, finance and accounting, fundraising, advocacy, and legal and ethical transparency, among other topics. The next Blueprint class starts April 7, and March 2 is the “early bird” deadline to submit your application form and non-refundable application fee online at the discounted rate of $15.
Randy Lee, an Employee Benefits Consultant at Wortham Insurance, is a 2014 Blueprint graduate who last month began serving on the board of Senior Citizen Services of Greater Fort Worth. “I’m really appreciative for the opportunity to go through Blueprint for Board Service,” he said. “I think United Way helped me get on this board and gave me an opportunity that, but for the Blueprint program, I wouldn’t have had.”
Randy already has made an impact on the board by getting one of his clients to sponsor the April 12 Senior Citizen Services scavenger hunt fundraiser. “I think the things I learned in the Blueprint program are helping me and will help me in the future. It was great exposure to all facets of serving on the board,” he said. “I think for anyone who’s interested in serving on a board and hasn’t previously, it’s a really good foundation to start with and can lead to serving relatively quickly.”
Jennifer Black, Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting at Basic Energy Services, also graduated from the Blueprint program last year. Like Randy, her company sponsored her and paid her Blueprint tuition. “I actually audited not-for-profits for about eight years, so I was very involved in the other side of them,” she said. “Since I got out of public accounting, I’ve missed being involved in not-for-profits, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to work in other aspects besides my church.”
Learning about the multiple roles that nonprofit board members play helped Jennifer realize she could serve in ways other than asking people for donations. Since completing the Blueprint course, she has become a member of the Camp Fire First Texas Board of Directors and the United Way Education Council. As an Education Council member, she loves visiting agencies whose programs are supported by United Way. “You get to see what you are working on and how it impacts the community,” she said.
Sessions of the spring 2015 Blueprint class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on April 7, 14, 21 and 28, with a networking event on May 5. The $300 tuition covers meals and materials during each session. Class size is limited, and sessions will take place in the United Way Board Room at 1500 N. Main, Suite 200, in Fort Worth. Limited partial tuition scholarships are available.
Last year 27 people (including those pictured above) graduated from the Blueprint for Board Service program, including a dozen participants from United Way’s first off-site Blueprint class at Alcon Laboratories.
For more information, or to apply, click here.