Project Blueprint

Project Blueprint

Project Blueprint - Preparing TODAY, Leading Tomorrow

Project Blueprint is a blueprint for diversity in board leadership. 

It's a reality that non-profit boards lack diversity.  Less than 23% of U.S. non-profit board members are people of color.  United Way Project Blueprint works to change that reality for Midland.

What is United Way Project Blueprint?

This unique program is a professional development course targeting future community leaders. The program prepares diverse groups of individuals for volunteer service in the non-profit sector.

Class topics include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Non-Profit 101,  Strategic Planning, Board Governance and Fiduciary Responsibilities, Resource Development, Financial Management and Transparency for Nonprofit Boards.

Through this program, participants will:

  • Develop and sharpen volunteer leadership skills
  • Be paired with a mentor/community leader to guide them through the program and connect and network with community leaders and agencies. 
  • Learn about board governance and procedures
  • Gain a deeper awareness of challenges in our community
  • Discover opportunities for board placement

To be a mentee, one should:

  • Demonstrate community involvement
  • Display leadership ability
  • Represent Midland's diverse communities 

Click here for mentor and mentee expectations.


Applications for the 2023/2024 cohort will reopen in June 2023.

Additional Information:

Scheduling: The group meets regularly on the 2nd Thursday of the month ( from September - May (excluding December) for Leadership training and mentor sessions, starting with a Kick-off Retreat in September and culminating in graduation in May. Click here for the Project Blueprint 2022/2023 schedule.

Cost: The fee for Project Blueprint is $25 (one-time payment).  This amount includes all materials, learning sessions, and mentoring sessions for the program.  We ask that each participants contribute a nominal fee on or before the day of the Kick-off Retreat.  (We accept cash, or you can give an online donation at  Note: The fee is liable to change in 2023.

Questions: Contact Michelle Evans for more information: | 432-685-7714