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United Way of the Midlands now accepting applications for its Blueprint for Leadership professional development series

Columbia, S.C. (October 8, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for Blueprint for Leadership, a comprehensive leadership and board development training program, today through January 21, 2020. 

Blueprint for Leadership is designed to prepare participants to become effective board members and leaders in the nonprofit sector and is the only professional development course with a specific focus on nonprofit leadership.

“The goal of Blueprint for Leadership is to help our future community leaders develop leadership skills and knowledge of how nonprofits operate effectively,” said Sara Fawcett, President & CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “We also work to connect our Blueprint for Leadership graduates with leadership opportunities in the Midlands for them to apply these skills in leadership roles on nonprofit boards of directors.”

Blueprint for Leadership uses a structured, progressive curriculum integrated with practical, hands-on activities over an 8-week period. Class topics including nonprofit law, the roles and responsibilities of board members, strategic leadership, best practices in programs and nonprofit governance.

Classes begin in February 2020 and end in May 2020 with graduation held in June. Companies are encouraged to sponsor an emerging leader at their workplace. The cost is $500 for a corporate sponsorship and $250 for a public sector or nonprofit sponsorship.

All applications must be submitted by January 21, 2020. An early decision will be made for those who submit applications by December 12, 2019. Space is limited.

Learn more about Blueprint for Leadership and apply online at


About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 65 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit

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