United Way of Central Indiana prides itself in educating the community about important issues. From leadership and board development, to poverty simulations and training seminars for local nonprofits, United Way strives to strengthen our community impact work through educational opportunities.

  • Leadership
  • Nonprofit
    Learning Center
  • Immersive Learning Experiences


What it is

Leadership United is a comprehensive community leadership and board development program of United Way of Central Indiana offered from January to June and from July to December each year. During the six-month term, participants commit to approximately 5 business days of training, or one day per month. But board and leadership training aren't all Leadership United offers. Participants will complete service work and will become part of a nonprofit board as part of their experience.

Areas of Concentration

  • Leadership development retreats: Participate in learning experiences centered around interactive activities, group problem solving, team building and evaluation.
  • Community issues workshops: Discuss community issues in Central Indiana relevant to United Way’s areas of impact: Basic Needs, Family Opportunity, Public Policy, Social Innovation and Equity Initiatives.
  • Board education: Learn from experts in the field of leadership and board development, then serve as a fellow with local nonprofit board.

How You Can Benefit

  • Gain perspective about our community, its most urgent areas of need, and the impactful ways the nonprofit sector, including United Way of Central Indiana, is helping alleviate the burden for many families.
  • Develop the skills to become an effective nonprofit board member with the capacity to affect future outcomes and make meaningful, lasting change in Central Indiana.
  • Learn about the mission and impact of United Way and form a personal relationship with United Way of Central Indiana.

    Do you know someone that would be a great fit for the Leadership United program?

Learning Center

What it is

The Nonprofit Learning Center offers learning opportunities for nonprofit leadership and staff to grow their skills, their knowledge, and their impact. To achieve our vision in which ALL our community residents' needs are met, we offer NLC services to ANY nonprofit organization serving in Central Indiana.

The NLC provides practical, affordable learning opportunities through:

  • Workshops led by expert facilitators addressing the most relevant and challenging issues facing nonprofit organizations
  • Referrals to reliable and ethical consultants
  • Recommended articles, books, websites and other resources to help organizations improve their operations and increase their impact

In 2021, the NLC workshop series will focus on three tracks - Grassroots, Racial Equity, and Operational Continuity.

Upcoming Opportunities

The Nonprofit Learning Center has launched a series of trainings geared towards a variety of topics around nonprofit management and community impact. Register for the events below. Exact dates and facilitators are being confirmed for future meetings:

Upcoming NLC Sessions January - June 2021

Please click here to view all of the sessions for 2021.

Get Involved

Sign up to be notified of upcoming learning opportunities below.

Immersive Learning Experiences

What it is

Immersive Learning Experiences are powerful, experiential opportunities designed to deepen our understanding of complex issues that exist in our local community. By participating in an immersive learning experience, community members walk in the shoes of a neighbor, a fellow citizen struggling for self-sufficiency and a better life. Our programs focus on education about the issue at a local level, facing the issue through a virtual experience and then debriefing as a group to share our perspectives with others.

Immersive Learning Experiences

Poverty Simulations: Learn how to engage in reducing poverty in your local community and increase your understanding of the dynamics of poverty. Experience, on a small scale, the struggle for self-sufficiency many people in Central Indiana face.

How You (or your company) Can Benefit

  • Gain perspective about our community, its most urgent areas of need, and the effective ways the nonprofit sector, including United Way, is helping.
  • Develops deeper understanding and helps initiate discussion of daily struggles for those living in challenging circumstances.
  • When we explore our own behavior we are better able to create change through advocacy, giving, volunteering and generating conversations that can transform systems.

Corporate Benefits

  • Corporate Social Responsibility activity that is experiential and meaningful
  • Unique team-building experience -- Helps to develop empathy among participants
  • Diversity and inclusion training
  • Community engagement opportunity

In One Moment
Brief, simple experience to simulate budgeting with limited resources; quickly develops a more complete understanding of the issues surrounding poverty.
Time: 30 minutes
Number of participants: Unlimited

Real Life. Real Choices.
Deeper dive into real-life Central Indiana family scenarios and how you can help; budgeting activity with tough choices to be made.
Time: 45-60 minutes
Number of participants: Unlimited

Gaining Perspective Through Immersion
Become part of a low-income family struggling to make ends meet in a simulated community; highly immersive and impactful.
Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Number of participants: 55-88 participants

Questions about Immersive Learning Programs? To find out more, contact Margie Worrell at margie.worrell@uwci.org or 317-921-1203.

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