Improving diversity in board leadership
Based on the recommendation of Governor DeWine to practice social distancing, United Way has cancelled Cohort 2 of Project Blueprint, scheduled to begin Thursday, March 19th and end June 4th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and applaud efforts to be proactive to prevent illness and the spread of this virus. The next cohort will be August 27th – November 12, 2020. Specific details will be shared as those dates draw nearer.
Nonprofit boards and committees should reflect the rich diversity of our community. United Way of Greater Stark County launched Project Blueprint, a program designed to recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy-making roles and enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.
This 12-week program is designed to increase the involvement of underrepresented groups on local nonprofit and public-sector boards, committees and leadership roles. The weekly, two-hour sessions introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, while sharpening their leadership skills.
Our goal is to ensure that local volunteer leadership is representative of Greater Stark County, and that their passionate, diverse perspectives become a greater voice in our community.
Each session, a limited number of participants will be selected through an application process. Please submit your information below for consideration.
Through this program, participants will:
- Sharpen leadership and communication skills
- Learn about board governance and procedures
- Gain a deeper awareness of challenges in our community
- Connect and network with community leaders and agencies
- Discover opportunities for board placement
Class Topics and Program Schedule
Project Blueprint is a 12-week training program every Thursday during the session period from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at United Way of Greater Stark County. Weekly attendance is mandatory for board certification recommendation.
- Agency Tour (Note time change in class - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
- Orientation/Team Building
- Economics, Power and Wealth
- Board Governance/Management
- Parliamentary Procedures/Board Dynamics
- Resource Development/Branding
- Strategic Planning
- Fiduciary/Fiscal Responsibilities
- Project Presentations
- Agency Fairs
Meet our graduates
Get to know our leadership program members
Apply to project blueprint
Project Blueprint applications can be submitted year-round. They will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee prior to the start of each session. All applicants will be notified before the sessions begins. Cost for the total season is $200, due a week before the session starts.
All applicants are encouraged to seek employer sponsorship, either in part or in full. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on need. Scholarship requests are considered independently from the applications.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Director of Project Blueprint, LaFlovia "Flo" Gianni at 330-491-9984 or firstname.lastname@example.org