I am a big advocate of the Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P.). Someone told me about it in 2009 and I participated (and graduated) in 2010. It was a wonderful experience. If you have considered nonprofit board participation, this is the program for you. It’s no cost to you, but you do have to raise $500 for United Way during the program. (Well, if you are horrible at reaching out to others or coming up with a fundraising event, you may have to write a check for the bulk of that $500!) The fundraising is part of the program because many nonprofits require their directors to contribute a minimum amount annually (often $1,000 for smaller nonprofits, significantly more for larger or nationally recognized nonprofits).
If you do not reside in the Atlanta metro area, do not worry. This is a national United Way program. Check with your area’s United Way to see if they offer the Volunteer Involvement Program and what the dates and deadlines are.
One final note: I’ve written about nonprofit board participation as a means to hone your leadership skills and network with other business leaders. This program prepares you to do just that…and you’re already networking with the participants in your class. In addition, this program then connects you to nonprofits in your area that mesh with your interests and need directors for their board. So onto the email I received:
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
UNITED WAY V.I.P.
FALL 2011 CLASS
Deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
|What:||United Way V.I.P. Training
Fall 2011 Call for Applications
|When:||The application process is open. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011|
|Where:||Applications can be faxed to 404.614.1010; e-mailed (preferred) or mailed to:
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Attn: United Way V.I.P.
100 Edgewood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
|Details:||United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta announces a call for applications for its Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P.) 2011 fall training. United Way V.I.P. trains communtiy leaders to be effective board members. Selected applicants will participate in a ten-week comprehensive nonprofit board governance curriculum. During the training, participants meet representatives from metro Atlanta’s nonprofits to find an organization whose needs and mission complement their own skills and interests.
If selected, participants must commit to attending all training sessions. Candidates must also complete a full board-term when placed with a nonprofit agency. Each person is required to complete a $500 fundraising activity.
REMINDER: The application deadline is Aug. 23, 2011.