Pipeline Project + NonprofitsToday’s blog is written by Zach Fox, Communications Manager, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Broadening Your BoardIs your nonprofit organization looking to broaden its board? Look no further than the Pipeline Project. The Pipeline Project, an initiative drawn from the five-year community and economic development plan OneSpartanburg and funded by the Duke Energy Foundation, was created with the goal of promoting broader and more diverse membership to boards of area nonprofit groups, creating champions for Spartanburg County that reflect its diversity.
How it WorksThe Pipeline Project site shows a list of leadership program graduates who have opted into the database, listed in alphabetical order. From there, you can filter the database by keyword or by a list of skills or interests shown in a drop-down menu. For example, if your nonprofit is looking for someone interested in or involved with the local arts community, there’s a drop-down choice for art. If you choose that option, click the search bar, it will bring up candidates who are interested in the arts. The same process can help you find potential board members interested in politics, community development, technology, science, culture, and a host of other options designed to help your organization find a candidate best-suited for your board.
Finding the Right CandidatesThe Pipeline Project’s searchable database has been stocked with more than 150 graduates of leadership programs countywide who are ready and willing to serve their community. The database includes recent graduates from:
- The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Initiative
- Spartanburg County’s Citizens Academy
- The City of Spartanburg’s Citizen Academy
- The United Way of the Piedmont’s Nonprofit Fellows
- The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Spartanburg