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TASK FORCE FOR STRENGTHENING NONPROFIT CAPACITY WILL HOLD AUSTIN HEARING ON APRIL 19
Onestar Foundation

April, 2010

AUSTIN Austin-area nonprofits, including faith-based and community organizations, will have the opportunity to speak at the Task Force for Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity public hearing on Monday, April 19, 2010.

The purpose of this hearing is to gather recommendations on strengthening the capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) providing services to Texans in need. The hearing will address what is working well for FBCOs, what challenges exist for them and what suggestions they have to improve their abilities to service the citizens of Texas.

The hearing will take place as follows:

Monday, April 19, 2010

10 a.m. - noon

The University of Texas at Austin, ThompsonConferenceCenter, Room

3.102
2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin

Additional hearings took place in Houston and Dallas earlier this spring.

Purpose of the Hearings

The Task Force has been working with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and OneStar Foundation to facilitate public hearings throughout Texas on FBCO capacity building needs. Representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, foundations and other individuals who have expertise in nonprofit capacity building and FBCOs are encouraged to attend these hearings and provide input. The Task Force will apply the information gathered during these hearings to develop recommendations for the 82nd Texas Legislative Session.

Task Force members would like to hear oral testimony from FBCOs during the public hearings. Time will be limited to five minutes per speaker. There will also be a question and answer session with Task Force members.

Due to the time limit on oral testimony, participants are also encouraged to provide written in addition to oral testimony. Written testimony may be provided in lieu of oral testimony.

For information on submitting written testimony, the submission deadlines and other public hearing questions, contact Anna McElearney at amac@onestarfoundation.org or (512) 287-2026.

FBCO Topics of Interest

Topics of particular interest to the Task Force members and other state leaders are:

  • Funding opportunities: How do you receive funding? How are you alerted to grant opportunities? Have you ever applied for a federal, state or local grant? If so, what was that experience like, and what are your recommendations for improvement? If not, what are the reasons funding has not been sought from governmental entities? What do you need to improve access to funding opportunities?
  • Volunteer recruitment: How do you recruit and utilize volunteers? Is it successful? How do you measure your volunteer program’s success?
  • Challenges and suggestions for improvement: What are the challenges you face as a faith-based and community organization? Examples could include partnering with local, state or federal governments; applying for grants; impact of reimbursement processes from funders; volunteer recruitment; or collaborating with local partners.
  • Impact: How do you measure your impact and communicate your effectiveness to board members, grant funders and other stakeholders?
  • Other: What else would you Task Force members to know about your needs that will help you serve the citizens of Texas?
For More Information For more information about the Task Force public hearings, contact Anna McElearney at amac@onestarfoundation.org or (512) 287-2026.

About OneStar: Texas has thousands of nonprofits, each with a different mission, but all working toward the goal of helping improve the lives of Texans. OneStar supports the nonprofit sector and its stakeholders through initiatives that increase civic engagement, research, rigorous evaluation and nonprofit organizational excellence. OneStar’s goal is to achieve sustainable social impact throughout the larger nonprofit infrastructure. The nonprofit sector is comprised of many groups, together they are stronger, more dynamic and more effective in achieving positive impact on the social challenges of Texas communities. For news about OneStar Foundation, visit http://www.onestarfoundation.org/news.

Read OneStar’s blog at http://blog.onestarfoundation.org.



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