(September – December 2020)

In place of in-person sessions we’re hosting these online!

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 networkService 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 Sept. – Dec. A one-time fee of $250 covers all course materials and meals. Applications are available online at and due no later than August 5, 2020. Please include a letter of recommendation with your application or submit it via email to by August 7, 2020. 

All applicants will be notified via email of their enrollment decision by August 10, 2020. If accepted, the $250 class fee is due by September 3, 2020. 

Special Note About COVID-19
United Way of the Piedmont is committed to following public health guidelines and social distancing best practices. For this reason, the 2020 Nonprofit Fellows class will be capped at 15 participants and all sessions will be hosted online.


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.

2020 Schedule

Session 1 – Leadership of Self
Thursday, September 3,
8:30– 11:30 am

– Getting to know you
– Self-Assessment
– Where Passion & Need Align

Session 2 – Governance Essentials
Thursday, September 17,
8:30– 11:30 am

– The Board’s Role
– Vision + Mission + Strategy
– Effective Meetings 

Session 3 – The Power of Partnerships
Thursday, October 1,
8:30– 11:30 am

– Collective Impact Framework
– Local Data
– Tasforces & Collaboratives

SESSION 4 – Experience Impact
Thursday, October 15, 8:30–1:00 pm 

– Hands-on Experience of Impact
– Measuring What Matters

SESSION 5 – Organizational Sustainability
Thursday, October 29, 8:30–11:30 am

– Fiscal Oversight
– Legal Considerations
– The Board & CEO Partnership

SESSION 6 – Inclusion & Representation
Thursday, November 12, 8:30–11:30 am

– Strategy & Culture
– Board Composition
– Diversity & Inclusion

SESSION 7 – The Next Steps
Thursday, December 3,
8:30–11:30 am

– Give, Advocate, Volunteer
– Nonprofit Speed Dating

SESSION 8 – The End & Beginning
Tuesday, December 8, 4:00-6:00 pm

– Graduation Ceremony
– Celebration & Networking