Real solutions sparked by a community united for transformative change requires diverse voices, creative thinkers, and dynamic leaders from across the Triangle area. Social issues are complex, wicked problems that call for people to get involved by committing to work together toward solutions. Our SPARC Program is designed to connect with people who care about learning more about the issues and how they can participate in creating powerful, positive changes in our community.
United Way’s SPARC Board is a 6-week, 12-hour training program being offered in the fall of 2015. Designed to develop and enhance your leadership skills, SPARC Board gives you the tools to serve as an effective board members of local nonprofit agencies. Workshops include Nonprofit 101, Board and Staff Roles and Responsibilities, Fundraising, and Ethical and Legal Decision- Making, and The Importance of Board Diversity.
A selection committee reviews applications and selects no more than 25 individuals per class. The selection criteria are designed to recruit a group of demonstrated leaders who are diverse in their ethnicity, profession and community service experience.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fall 2015 application process is now OPEN. Click Here to Apply
The application deadline is Thursday, September 3, 2015. Please include a headshot with your completed application. Upon acceptance into the program, a $25 non-refundable Board Commitment Fee is due at the first training session.
The session dates are listed below; All sessions are at United Way of the Greater Triangle from 8AM-10AM.
Completed applications can be faxed to 919.460.9019, emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to:
United Way of the Greater Triangle
2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150
Morrisville, NC 27560
“The training not only met, but exceeded my expectations. The biggest take away for everyone should be that you should not join a nonprofit board just to place a “tick” on your “to do list” or resume. The content and caliber of the presenters was excellent. I had no idea what to expect, and when I told my husband about the program and who the presenters were, he was quite surprised and even said it would be something that he’d be interested in attending. Great job and I’d expect no less from the United Way.”
– Pam Bullock, Communication Lead, Syngenta
“I now know more about how boards of directors work and what is expected of board members. I know how to ask better questions when going onto a board to assess whether it’s the right fit for me as well as what questions to ask to ensure that the board and the organization are headed in the right direction.”
– Jenny Grant, Client & Community Relations Manager, PNC
“My biggest take away from the training would be gaining a better understanding of what a Nonprofit Board entails and does. I had a general idea from the small committees and boards that I have served on, but did not realize some of the bigger issues that a larger Board is expected to handle.”
– Paul Fogleman, Attorney, Poyner Spruill, LLP
“Overall, I found this to be a great training. I think it was extremely beneficial to those who had little to no background knowledge of the demands of board membership and the relationship between a board and its nonprofit. As a non-profiter, I found it helpful to learn the nuances of each topic, and really dive into my base knowledge to grow more. “
– Elizabeth Ruf, Foundation Coordinator, The Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab (WELL)