Summer 2017: Registration for the Pilot Membership Program is currently closed.
About the Program:
The Regional Foundation Library’s Pilot Membership Program fosters learning, networking, and collaboration for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. The program furthers the mission of the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). The DDCE’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) houses the Regional Foundation Library’s pilot program.
Throughout the duration of the Pilot Membership Program, the RFL will continue to offer the existing services (such as orientations and access to Foundation Center databases) at no cost to the public.
Members are receiving:
- targeted professional development opportunities;
- networking events; and,
- a closer connection with the institution that helps empower area nonprofits to gain the resources they need to thrive.
Summer events have included:
RFL Presentation: Making Data Your Friend – Uses for Nonprofit Planning and Grant Writing (August 15, 2017)
Planners from the Travis County Research & Planning Division described their Data Access and Technical Assistance (DATA) Service and provided an overview of the recently released Focus on Poverty in Travis County and most recent Travis County Snapshot from the American Community Survey.
The Travis County Research & Planning Division has resources that can help area nonprofit organizations with their data needs. This Travis County Division serves as a resource to the community by providing information, tools, and resources; supporting group processes and planning efforts; and helping to measure and evaluate programs and processes.
Research & Planning Division Presenters:
Tara Carmean, Senior Planner, has direct practice work experience with: low-income families and homeless individuals, patients with cancer and/or HIV, children experiencing mental health crisis, and children of domestic violence survivors. Her work history also includes being a program specialist and researcher.
The experience that Brittain Ayres, Planner, has includes: community organizing for people with disabilities, supporting a collective impact initiative for youth services, and creating communications for a statewide advocacy organization. Brittain has also worked with immigrants and migrant workers in Tennessee.
RFL Networking Meet & Greet! (August 10, 2017)
A networking “happy hour” was held at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB) for members of the RFL’s pilot membership program.
RFL Presentation: Lunchtime with Funders: AMD, Applied Materials, KDK-Harman Foundation. (August 1, 2017)
Members had a chance to have lunch with three community supporters. We assembled a panel of area funders who:
- described their philanthropic visions and funding guidelines
- talked about the community work they do, and
- answered questions about what makes an eye-catching proposal!
The three panelists are:
Anne Fertitta, Senior Manager, Global Community Affairs / Public Affairs, AMD
Michele Walker-Moak, Manager, Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials Inc.
Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
The Organization Information:
AMD: AMD and their employees have invested money, time, and technology in organizations that help strengthen communities worldwide. For example, AMD employees have contributed $16.4 million and have performed more than 188,000 hours of volunteer service. http://www.amd.com/en-us/who-we-are/corporate-responsibility/community
Applied Materials: Applied Materials, Inc. supplies equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of semiconductor chips and similar products. Applied Materials and its Foundation make community investments in Education, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and the Environment in regions (like Austin) where Applied does business. http://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/corporate-responsibility/community
The KDK-Harman Foundation: The mission of the KDK-Harman Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence. The Foundation supports K-12 STEM and Out-of-school time quality programs in 8 Counties around the Austin area. http://www.kdk-harman.org/
RFL Presentation: Fundamentals of Development – The Money Matters. (July 27, 2017)
Topic: Fundamentals of Development: The Money Matters
We all know the saying “no money, no mission.” Do you have a plan for how you will bring in the money to support your programming? Is it diversified? Do you have the right relationships? In this session, members learned the necessary components of a diverse fundraising plan, the importance of relationship building and where to begin.
Presenter: Amy Temperley, Nonprofit Consultant
For over 25 years, Amy’s passion and commitment has been in developing relationships and creating change for the communities in which she lives. She is an innovative leader with a commitment to authentic leadership, problem solving and working within systems to implement change.
Amy brings a unique perspective as she has worked directly with clients as a social worker, has raised money in development departments large and small, and has served as an Executive Director of nonprofits agencies in Austin and internationally. Over the years, Amy has developed numerous social service programs, raised millions of dollars and worked with numerous boards, leadership teams and collaborative groups.
RFL Presentation: Summer Purpose Challenge – A Free Program for Nonprofits. (July 18, 2017)
United Way for Greater Austin and Verb are joining forces to create the Summer Purpose Challenge. The Challenge is a free five-week program that will team up local nonprofit leaders and Austin professionals to craft compelling stories, strategic pitches, create high-quality outreach materials to rally stakeholders, funders, and the community-at-large behind your cause.
About the presenters:
Kylene Reese is the Director of Operations for Verb and is the facilitator between people and process, and develops scalable and creative operations. In a typical day, she is developing workflows, influencing the way the company connects internally, and focusing on the customer lifecycle.
Cathy Huang, Director of Product for Verb, is responsible for creating content for Verb’s learning tracks and new product functionality. She spends her days prioritizing content, capturing user feedback, and researching and writing product requirements.
FAQs about the free Summer Purpose Challenge are at http://verb.net/summerpurpose
RFL Presentation: “Servant Leadership” with Robin Llewellyn of Mission Capital. (July 14, 2017)
Awareness, listening, and acceptance and empathy are three behaviors important to any leader. Robin looked at these traits through a personal Servant Leadership perspective. Servant Leadership is an ancient and timeless philosophy. The concepts of the philosophy cross cultures, religions, geographic boundaries and time. Today, the principles that Robert Greenleaf outlines in his classic essay, The Servant as Leader may be even more applicable and beneficial than before.
Robin Llewellyn is an experienced talent development and human resources professional with a background in leadership development and employee training.
Previously, Robin owned and operated RLL Consulting, a talent development and management consulting firm. She also served as Senior Director of Talent and Development at Goodwill Central Texas. Robin holds a BFA from The University of Texas and an MFA from Florida State University. She utilizes her theater arts background to facilitate interactive trainings, focusing on learning through “play.” Robin holds a Certification in Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP) and is a licensed SHRM-CP.
RFL Presentation: Austin Community Foundation’s Community Grants: How to Apply. Presenter: Erica Góngora, Austin Community Foundation Program Associate. (June 26, 2017)
The Austin Community Foundation’s (ACF) Community Grant program connects local donors with local causes. Last year $2.3 million in grants was awarded to local nonprofits. ACF matches nonprofit grant requests to the interests and resources of funds and fund holders: simplifying giving while multiplying impact.
Erica joined the Foundation in April 2017 and is part of the Community Impact team. Prior to that, she was the Director of Campaign Operations and former Director of the Light the Night campaign at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) South Central Texas Chapter. Erica is a member of the Austin Young Chamber and supports local nonprofits throughout the year. Her education: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Masters of Public Administration and Loyola University Chicago, BA in Psychology.
RFL Presentation: Create a Powerful Nonprofit – Start with the Board of Directors. (June 20, 2017)
Powerful nonprofits are generally led by effective Boards. Learn the basics of Board development and get tips for how everyone – from staff to donors to board members – can help raise the bar. Tara Levy covered Board roles and responsibilities, the Board-staff partnership, structure and meetings, Board recruitment and more.
Tara Levy (Nonprofit Elements, Principal) specializes in leadership development and transitions, succession planning, strategic planning, organizational dynamics and culture, stakeholder engagement, and board development. Tara joined Nonprofit Elements after serving as Senior Consultant at Mission Capital for nearly a decade. She is recognized as a leader in the field of nonprofit leadership transition, having developed and overseen Mission Capital’s Interim Executive Director program and served as the national chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Transitions and Leadership Succession Affinity Group. She has on-the-ground experience as Interim Executive Director for CASA of Travis County, Executive Director and Director of Operations of YouthLaunch (Urban Roots), and Director of Human Resources for Enspire Learning. Tara is also a 2011 recipient of Open Door Preschool’s Lack Family Visionary Volunteer Award, and recent board member and regular volunteer at Little Helping Hands, among other board and community leadership experiences.
RFL Networking Meet & Greet! (June 12, 2017)
A networking “happy hour” was held at the Dogwood Rockrose for members of the RFL’s pilot membership program.
RFL Presentation: Tips for Writing Federal Grant Applications – with Kathleen Burnside. (June 8, 2017)
Since 2008, Kathleen Burnside has worked as a full-time consultant for organizations that need assistance with fund development. Widely respected as an expert federal grant writer, she has collaborated with her clients to raise millions of dollars–please see her website at kathleenburnside.com for examples of her successes. Her clients have included those focused on youth and foster care, substance use and mental health disorders, literacy, workforce development, homelessness, and more. She has worked with community based organizations, public agencies, and for-profit research entities. Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Burnside worked for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas as Vice President for Development and Brand and for Capital IDEA as Director of Resource Development. Ms. Burnside holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Burnside led a conversation and fielded questions from RFL members regarding the process of applying for federal grant funding.
RFL Presentation: How to build relationships and revenue by strengthening customer and donor intelligence. (June 1, 2017)
Ruben Cantu, “mediapreneur,” local do-gooder and global connector described how nonprofit and social entrepreneurship organizations can move to the next level. Ruben drew from his vast experience in the field including acting as:
- Board Member of I Live Here I Give Here (the organization behind Amplify Austin);
- CEO of the LevelUp Institute, a career accelerator for first generation college students;
- Executive Director of socialgood.us (formerly Austin+SocialGood), dedicated to a global conversation of how technology and social media can help solve social problems; and
- Board Member of Austin Forum on Technology and Society.
RFL Presentation: Asking for Major Gifts – Expecting the Unexpected! (May 25, 2017)
Development professional Carolyn M. Appleton shared some real life “survivor” stories about asking for significant donations. With more than $33 million raised, much of it in remote locations without staff support, Carolyn has extensive experience with “hands on” major gift fundraising and working with many of the leading philanthropists of Texas.
Carolyn M. Appleton, (Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc.) is a nonprofit fundraising executive with 30 years of hands-on experience across Texas with major gift fundraising, startup development, digital communications and public relations. Please visit her blog: https://carolynmappleton.com/
RFL Presentation: Visualizing data to find funders! (May 16, 2017)
How to use the RFL’s Foundation Maps tool. Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool to see who is funding what and where around the world. Ellen Moutos Lee, Director of the Regional Foundation Library, a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center, made the presentation. Foundation Maps is available to use on site at the library along with other Foundation Center databases. More about Foundation Maps at: https://maps.foundationcenter.org/features.php#sthash.xk0iCSaU.dpuf