Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP)

United Way’s Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills and increase diverse volunteer participation in nonprofit board and leadership positions in Greater Atlanta. VIP gives participants the tools to serve as effective board members of local nonprofit agencies.

Executive Director, United Way VIP

VIP participants develop their leadership skills, earn a highly regarded credential, and benefit from the connections they make among the VIP alumni network.

Application Process

The program is offered in the spring, summer and fall. The Spring 2024 application process is now open. Classes are offered in-person. All meetings are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The SUMMER application deadline is Friday, May 24th, 2024. The FALL application deadline is Friday, August 23rd, 2024. Please include a headshot with your completed application. Upon acceptance into the program, a $100 non-refundable Board Commitment Fee is due by June 10th, 2024 for the Summer Cohort and September 4th, 2024 for the Fall Cohort and a $650 Fundraising exercise is due by the end of the program.

2024 Summer Training Dates – VIRTUAL SESSION

Biweekly Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June 15th & June 29th

July 13th & July 27th

2024 Fall Training Dates – IN PERSON SESSION

Mondays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

September: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

October: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

November: 4th, 11th

Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

September: 11th, 18th, 25th

October: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

November: 6th, 13th

Benefits that add up to more

VIP alumni benefit not only from the excellent training and the well-respected credential but also from the connections they make and the network they become part of as VIP alumni.

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United Way of Greater Atlanta VIP launched in 1992 with the goal to build better nonprofit boards — with a focus on building a pipeline of diverse board candidates. Thirty years later, United Way VIP has trained more than 3,300 program graduates and connected board members to more than 1,100 nonprofits in Greater Atlanta and across the U.S.
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Our Impact Networks

Engagement Groups

African-American Partnership members give $1000 annually and are committed to uplifting African-American boys and young men in the metro Atlanta area.
LINC members give $250 annually and are under the age of 30.
Women United mobilizes women of diverse backgrounds and is open to those who give $1000 annually.
LINC members give $250 annually and are under the age of 30, and YPL members give $500 annually and are under the

Donor Recognition Societies

Tocqueville Society and Ivan Allen donors give $10,000 and $25,000 annually, respectfully.
Legacy Leaders are individuals or couples who commit to a planned gift through their wills or estate plans.
Cole Society members give $1,000 annually. This includes access to Women United and African-American Partnership.​

Board Service

United Way VIP is a nationally recognized board governance training program.

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