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 Coffee 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 Coffee 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 Coffee 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 Coffee 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 Coffee 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