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Blueprint for Board Service Class of ’15 Graduates Ready to Serve

Fifteen men and women from a dozen organizations are the latest graduates of United Way’s Blueprint for Board Service program.  On April 28 they completed four weekly training sessions to prepare themselves to be skilled volunteers of nonprofit boards and committees. Among other things, they learned about finance and accounting, advocacy, nonprofit governance, fundraising, and legal and ethical transparency. The Blueprint course ended with an optional May 5 “networking event” where the Blueprint class members met with representatives from United Way partner agencies and other local nonprofits who depend on quality volunteers to carry out their missions.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the United Way Blueprint for Board Service 4 week program. I can’t wait to serve Fort Worth!” said Kimberly Porter, Neighborhood Teams Manager with Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. “Speakers were extremely engaging, informative, enthusiastic and transparent. Specifically, I walked away feeling like I had a better understanding of non-profit board responsibilities, Tarrant County demographics, financials, outreach, evaluation and outcomes.”

The next Blueprint for Board Service class will be held next spring.

Blueprint graduates, shown above from left: Rob Blanton III, TD Auto Finance; Patra Stroemer, Lockheed Martin; Katasha Varner, Fort Worth ISD; Derek Buchanan, Frost Bank; Kimberly Porter, Blue Zones Project Fort Worth; Vanessa Brownlee, Texas Health Resources; D.J. Massey, Tarrant County College; Ellen Brogdon, Jackson Therapy Services/Johnson County Co-op; Kylan Jones, Frost Bank; Sharalyn Payne, Citi Financial Services; Stephen Allen, Texas Health Resources; Eric Reed, Frost Bank; Kasha Hunt, RD Howard Construction; and Ashley Dunklebarger, U.S. General Services Administration. Not pictured: Michelle Eiland, First Command Financial Services.