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Project Blueprint

For young professionals aiming to serve on nonprofit boards.

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Project Blueprint is a program of board leadership training presented by the United Way of Long Island and will attract as many as 40 participants in 2015 spring and fall semesters. The program is designed to introduce and prepare diverse young professionals for board service in a nonprofit organization and guide them through the decision about how and where to serve. Upon completing the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Adelphi University.

The goal of Project Blueprint is to broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline of young professionals competent to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations in Suffolk County.

The program has the following short-term objectives:

  1. increase participants’ board leadership capital
  2. clarify the role and responsibility of board service
  3. connect participants with boards on which they may want to serve
  4. build capacity for the 110 United Way of Long Island member organizations.

Serving on a board of directors is one of the most powerful ways that young professionals can make a difference in their community. Therefore, Project Blueprint is for members of the Long Island community who want to:

  • Give back to their community
  • Develop their leadership skills
  • Use their expertise to support a cause that they’re passionate about
  • Build a network of likeminded professionals on Long Island

What will the training curriculum include?

Project Blueprint will be facilitated by experts from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University who will explore the motives for board service, provide an overview of the nonprofit sector and its organizations, describe the basic responsibilities of board membership, explain the variety of board cultures, and clarify the information that perspective board members should have before joining a board.

Project Blueprint will be supported by a password protected webpage at Adelphi University where participants will be able to review relevant information about the 110 United Way of Long Island member organizations including answers to these important questions:

  • What is the organization’s mission?
  • Whom does the organization serve?
  • How big is the board and who is on it?
  • How often does the board meet? Where? For how long?
  • What are board members expectations?
  • Does the board have terms and/or term limits?
  • Are there events that board members are expected to attend?
  • Is there a specific expectation for an annual financial contribution from each board member? If so, how much?
  • What is expected of a board member in terms of fundraising? Solicit funds, attend fundraising events, identify and cultivate donors?

When and Where

Fall Sessions

October 13, 2015

  • Basics of Board Leadership
  • Governance and Board Member Responsibilities

October 20, 2015

  • Understanding the LI Nonprofit Landscape
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Health & Welfare
    • Immigration

October 27, 2015

  • Board’s Role in Resource Development
  • Fiscal Management and Transparency

Location:  Nassau County – Adelphi University, Garden City Campus, Alumni House Board Room

A light buffet will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by the training from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Funding for Project Blueprint comes from the generous support of the United Way of Long Island.

For further information, please contact:

Center for Nonprofit Leadership
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