United Way Project Blueprint helps ensure the board leadership of our nonprofit sector reflects the rich ethnic diversity and inclusion of the Greater Houston community.

United Way Project Blueprint

A blueprint for diversity in board leadership

It's a reality that nonprofit boards lack diversity. Less than 15% of U.S. nonprofit board members are people of color. United Way Project Blueprint works to change that reality for Greater Houston.

What is Project Blueprint?

This unique program prepares emerging and current leaders in our multicultural community for leadership roles on nonprofit and public sector boards and committees.

The group meets regularly for about two months of curriculum sessions, starting with a retreat and culminating in a graduation. 95% of program graduates have been placed on nonprofit boards since the program’s inception in 1988.

What will participants get from it?

  • Leadership skills that translate to for-profit and nonprofit settings
  • Deeper awareness of community challenges
  • Connection to like-minded professionals
  • Placement on nonprofit boards of directors
  • Alumni network of more than 900 graduates

Who should apply?

Applicants should:

  • Represent Greater Houston’s diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Have completed at least some higher education
  • Be working professionals in a corporate (not a non-profit) setting
  • Have demonstrated their interest in community engagement

Is there a cost?

The one-time fee to participate is $650. Many individuals are sponsored by their employer.

More questions?

pblueprint@unitedwayhouston.org | 713-685-2418

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How can I apply?

Applications for Class XXXVII were due in December 2018. Watch for information about applying for the next class in late 2019.

Class XXXVII cohort begins March 19, 2019. Download the full class schedule.