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United Way Project Blueprint trains tomorrow’s nonprofit board leadership, ensuring that Greater Houston’s nonprofit sector reflects the rich diversity of our community.


United Way Project Blueprint broadens Houston’s nonprofit board diversity through:


Leadership Skills


Board Connection

Alumni Network

Expanded opportunities for professional growth and community involvement

Connecting Project Blueprint graduates with nonprofit board opportunities

  • 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.


  • Why Should You Apply?

    Participants gain:

    1. Leadership skills that translate to for-profit and nonprofit settings
    2. Connection to like-minded professionals
    3. Deeper awareness of community challenges
    4. Connections to nonprofit board or committee opportunities
    5. Alumni network of more than 900 graduates

  • Who Should Apply?

    Members of Houston’s ethnically diverse community

    Degreed professionals

    Those with demonstrated leadership ability

    Those involved in our community

  • How to Apply

    Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort are now closed. If you would like to receive information when the Fall 2023 application opens, send us an email at pblueprint@unitedwayhouston.org

    Applicants may be:

    1. Nominated by Project Blueprint alumni
    2. Corporate sponsorship
    3. Self-nomination

    Application Process

    1. Online application
    2. Application review by Project Blueprint alumni
    3. Candidate interviews
    4. Application fee if accepted

  • What is the Commitment?

    Applicants are committing to:

    1. Two months of weekly evening group sessions (in person and virtual)
    2. Saturday morning volunteer in-person project
    3. A weekday group retreat
    4. Graduation celebration

    *Covid regulations permitting

  • What is the Cost?

    The one-time fee to participate in the class is $675 – much more affordable than other leadership development programs.

  • More Information

Alumni & Referrals

Nominate a professional of color for an upcoming Project Blueprint class and find out about staying in touch as alumni.

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Meet the Class

Meet Project Blueprint Class XLI and see what the graduates have to say about their experience.

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