United Way Board Orientation Program

Posted by on April 26, 2010

UW connects young leaders to nonprofit boards

Are you a non-profit in need of fresh leadership on your board?

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has a program that can help your agency recruit young talent – a diverse group of young professionals who already know what to expect from board service and how to serve effectively.

The program is called the Board Orientation Program – a five session program that focuses on fundraising, board roles and responsibilities, board/administrator relationships, legal and ethical issues, and organizational life cycles.

The training is offered to United Way’s Young Leaders Program, which is comprised of United Way leadership donors under the age of 40, as well as the young professionals involved in the Urban League and the Pyramid Club.  Over 300 have graduated from the program, and over half of those are currently serving on local boards.

After graduation, the Board Orientation Program assists the graduates with introductions to agencies who have expressed interest in younger board members.  Agencies in need of board members, especially younger ones, should register online.


If any program graduates have an interest in your agency, UW will forward that person’s resume to you.  The agency is then expected to contact them, discuss the agency, and perhaps invite them to speak with your board chair.  Agencies are not required to bring the referred graduates onto your board.

For more information, email Meghan Koleski at mkolesk@uwsepa.org.

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