Nonprofit Fellows 2017-11-06T09:20:21+00:00


United Way of the Piedmont established the Nonprofit Fellows for the dual purpose of (1) educating our community leaders on the critical role nonprofit organizations play in our community and (2) equipping these individuals with the skills necessary to serve as effective volunteer leaders. The program engages 10-15 individuals in a six month journey of community-minded enlightenment and skill building. Monthly sessions are lead by servant leaders who seek to empower participants with the skills and knowledge to serve their community.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 8. A $200 fee must be remitted by January 10. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation written by an employer, supervisor, group leader, etc., focusing on their character, strengths for board membership, volunteer/community service, skills and abilities.

2018 Agenda


Thursday, January 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, United Way of the Piedmont

Join us as we host the Fellows and provide an overview of just exactly what a nonprofit organization is and does. Following our session, we will move up to the 17th Floor so you can get a view of Spartanburg you love as well as get a vision of what to expect over the next five months.

SESSION 1 – Getting to Know You

Tuesday January 30, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Our first session will focus on getting to know something about yourselves as well as learning more about your United Way, your community indicators,  your community’s philanthropy, and your community’s vision!

SESSION 2 – The ABC’s of Education

Tuesday, February 27, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Education is a primary building block for our society. What nonprofits are involved in Education and what are some creative ways our community is looking at the Educational system?

SESSION 3 – The 7 Letter P Word

Tuesday, March 27, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

What does poverty look like in our community? Financial Stability is an on-going conversation among our nonprofits and our community at large. What role do nonprofits and nonprofit leaders play in alleviating poverty and what is United Way doing in this arena?

SESSION 4 – The Health of Our Community

Tuesday April 24, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Public health is about more than immunizations and emergency care. How do nonprofit organizations in our community encourage healthy habits and care for our most vulnerable populations?

CLOSING SESSION & RECEPTION – The End and The Beginning

Thursday, May 17, 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Let’s further dive into your nonprofit interests…we’ll learn the basics of Board leadership as well as begin to connect with nonprofit and community leaders to find your niche in the community. What are ethical quandaries in leading a nonprofit organization – then let’s look at the numbers.  How do you read a financial statement?  What do the numbers tell? Then it’s your turn to tell!


June 28 (Date subject to change)

United Way Annual Meeting

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