Too many people of color are left out of leadership roles. For more than 25 years, we’ve been doing something to change that. Project LEAD—Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity—is a nonprofit board training program open to highly qualified people of color. We must change who is at the table in order to achieve equity in our community.
The 1,000+ Project LEAD graduates from the last 25 years are a testament to our community’s commitment to service and diversity. And now more than ever it’s crucial that we take a stand to make sure our community’s boards are representative of the communities they serve. That all voices have an equal seat at the table.
During this month-long intensive training course, participants show up ready to listen, learn and participate. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony and agency fair, where graduates can meet representatives of nonprofit organizations that are seeking new members for their boards.
Topics addressed include:
Applicants must demonstrate:
Applicants must also be prepared to take on the legal and financial responsibilities of becoming a nonprofit board member. These include, but are not limited to:
Due to the critical need for more diverse nonprofit board leadership, Project LEAD is only open to people of color. Applicants are selected based on a written application and interview.
We are excited to offer participants the opportunity to improve their fundraising skills, a critical skill for a board member. Participants will pay a $200 tuition fee once they are accepted in the program. As part of your learning, participants will be asked to raise $200 during the program. A limited number of scholarships are available for those facing economic hardships.
Training will be during the months of February and March and is at K&L Gates in downtown Seattle. Participants must attend ALL sessions. Classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings (February 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 6–8:30 p.m. and Saturdays (March 2, 9 and 16) from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The program culminates in a graduation reception and agency fair for board recruitment on March 27 from 6–8 p.m. at Bell Harbor Conference Center. Check out highlights from last year’s Project LEAD graduation.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.461.5014.