Summer 2017: Pilot Membership Program has concluded.
About the Program:
The Texas Grants Resource Center’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 TGRC pilot program.
Throughout the duration of the Pilot Membership Program, the TGRC will continue to offer the existing services (such as orientations and access to Foundation Center databases) at no cost to the public.
- 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.
“Ask a Nonprofit Financial Expert!” by Dale Thompson (August 23, 2017)
Dale Thompson, a Nonprofit financial and QuickBooks consultant, speaks about the basics of nonprofit financials and fields questions about:
- nonprofit financial statements,
- nonprofit taxes, and more.
Making Data Your Friend – Uses for Nonprofit Planning and Grant Writing by Tara Carmean and Brittain Ayres (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.
TGRC Networking Meet & Greet! (August 10, 2017)
A networking “happy hour” at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB) for members of the RFL’s pilot membership program.
Members talk with our panel of three community supporters about:
- their philanthropic visions and funding guidelines
- the community work they do, and
- what makes an eye-catching proposal!
The three panelists:
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
Fundamentals of Development – The Money Matters by Amy Temperly, Nonprofit Consultant (July 27, 2017)
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 learn the necessary components of a diverse fundraising plan, the importance of relationship building and where to begin.
Summer Purpose Challenge – A Free Program for Nonprofits by Kylene Reese and Cathy Huang, Verb (July 18, 2017)
United Way for Greater Austin and Verb are joining forces to create the Summer Purpose Challenge – a free five-week program that teams 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.
FAQs about the free Summer Purpose Challenge are at http://verb.net/summerpurpose
“Servant Leadership” by Robin Llewellyn, Mission Capital (July 14, 2017)
Awareness, listening, acceptance and empathy are three behaviors important to any leader. Robin discusses these traits through a personal Servant Leadership perspective, as outlined in Robert Greenleaf’s class essay The Servant as Leader.
Austin Community Foundation’s Community Grants: How to Apply by Erica Góngora, ACF Program Associate (June 26, 2017)
The Austin Community Foundation’s (ACF) Community Grant program matches nonprofit grant requests to the interests and resources of funds and fund holders: simplifying giving while multiplying impact. Erica gives advice on creating a successful proposal for community grants.
Create a Powerful Nonprofit – Start with the Board of Directors by Tara Levy, Nonprofit Elements (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 covers Board roles and responsibilities, the Board-staff partnership, structure and meetings, Board recruitment and more.
TGRC 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.
Tips for Writing Federal Grant Applications by Kathleen Burnside (June 8, 2017)
Kathleen Burnside, consultant and expert federal granter writer, discusses the process of applying for (and successfully receiving!) federal grant funding with members of the pilot program.
How to build relationships and revenue by strengthening customer and donor intelligence by Ruben Cantu (June 1, 2017)
Ruben Cantu, “mediapreneur,” local do-gooder and global connector, draws from his experience as a board member, CEO, and executive director to describe how nonprofit and social entrepreneurship organizations can move to the next level.
Asking for Major Gifts – Expecting the Unexpected! by Carolyn M. Appleton (May 25, 2017)
Development professional Carolyn M. Appleton shares 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.
Visualizing data to find funders! by Ellen Moutos-Lee, Director of the Texas Grants Resource Center (May 16, 2017)
Ellen Moutos Lee teaches the ins and outs of using the Foundation Center’s “Foundation Maps” – a premier data visualization tool to see who is funding what and where around the world. Foundation Maps is available to use on site at the library along with other Foundation Center databases.