Nonprofit Fellows 2019-02-20T17:10:57+00:00


Nonprofit Fellows is a unique program designed to prepare individuals for nonprofit board service. Board service for a nonprofit organization provides powerful leadership development with access to influential business and community leaders and the opportunity to build your personal brand and network. Service on a nonprofit board demonstrates commitment to your community.
United Way of the Piedmont’s Nonprofit Fellows program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful board member. Through eight sessions over the course of four months, you will develop leadership and critical thinking skills, enhance your knowledge of our community, and be equipped to lead with confidence.

Sessions are scheduled from March – June. A one-time fee of $250 covers all course materials and meals. Applications are available online at and due no later than February 18, 2019. Please include a letter of recommendation with your application or submit it via email to by February 18, 2019.

All applicants will be notified via email of their enrollment decision by February 21, 2019. If accepted, the $250 class fee is due by March 1, 2019.


We are proud to announce that Nonprofit Fellows has been allocated scholarship assistance dollars through The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce’s Pipeline Project!  One of the goals of Pipeline Project is to increase the diversity of Spartanburg’s leadership development rosters, and we will be awarding (5) fully funded scholarships to candidates from Spartanburg County who are from underrepresented populations.  These scholarships will be assigned to qualified leaders identifying as:

  • Racial/Ethnic Minority
  • Woman
  • U.S. Military Veteran
  • Person with a Disability

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the scholarship portion of the application.

2019 Agenda

Thursday, February 28, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, United Way of the Piedmont
Kick off your Nonprofit Fellows experience by getting to know your classmates and learning more about what to expect from the program. We’ll also review what a nonprofit organization is and does.  Following our session, we will move to the SMC Studio to network with each other and past Fellows Alumni.

SESSION 1 – Leadership of Self
Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Our first session will focus on learning more about your personal values and examining how you can bring those values to board service.

SESSION 2 – Governance Essentials
Tuesday, March 19, 8:30 – 11:30 am
What is the role of a nonprofit Board of Directors? We’ll explore the basics of governance, discuss the board’s role in setting vision and directing strategy, and examine how meetings can be more effective.

SESSION 3 – The Power of Partnerships
Tuesday, April 2, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Partnerships are essential in the nonprofit sector. They enable organizations to expand services, accomplish more, and drive lasting change. Examine the role of the board in building and monitoring partnerships and learn about successful local partnerships.

SESSION 4 – Experience Impact
Tuesday, April 16, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
How do nonprofits measure their success? In impact. Learn more about what “impact” looks like and metrics of success through a hands-on experience. Please note that this class has an extended schedule. Lunch will be provided.

SESSION 5 – Organizational Sustainability
Tuesday, April 30, 8:30 – 11:30 am
How do you build a nonprofit that can stand the test of time? We’ll discuss the board’s legal and fiscal oversight responsibilities and how they partner with the CEO/Executive Director to ensure sustainability.

SESSION 6 – Inclusion and Representation
Tuesday, May 14, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Should a board be composed of individuals who represent the community? Discuss the impact of board composition and the importance of diversity and inclusion at the board level.

SESSION 7 – The Next Steps
Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Be a board member who makes impact through your service! Learn about the three pillars of influence you can bring to your organization: Give, Advocate, & Volunteer. Then, explore nonprofits who are seeking board members and identify where your skills and passions best fit through Nonprofit Speed Dating. Please note that this class has an extended schedule. Lunch will be provided.

SESSION 8 – The End and The Beginning
Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Hear from Fellows participants about local community challenges and their proposed plan to improve them. A graduation ceremony and reception will follow.

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Download the 2019 Schedule