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New board research to strengthen nonprofits, upcoming workshops,more

November, 2010

Greenlights for NonProfit Success
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Help Strengthen Nonprofit Boards in Central Texas
We're partnering with United Way Capital Area to conduct a survey that will help us identify several key areas in which boards can provide more effective governance. By completing the survey, you'll help give us a more complete picture of who is serving on nonprofit boards in our community and provide insight into the areas in which boards would benefit from additional resources and training. Ultimately, we see this as an opportunity to strengthen boards across Central Texas and help leaders use best practices to inform and transform their boards.

Click here to take the survey!

Survey respondents will be entered in a prize drawing for free products and goodies from Greenlights as well as local businesses!

From Our Blog: Mission Driven
Retreats that Work: 5 "Must Have's" to Ensure a Successful Outcome
Posted on October 26, 2010 by Tara Kirkland
Since joining Greenlights in 2005, I've facilitated scads of planning retreats for nonprofit board and staff teams. These longer sessions are important opportunities to take a break and think strategically about the future of the organization. While it's always advisable to have an outside facilitator run your retreat, budget realities sometimes mean that nonprofits need to coordinate their own planning sessions. MORE>>

Why Am I Doing This?
Posted on October 25, 2010 by Ann Starr
Since becoming the Director of Education at Greenlights, I've discovered just how hard it is to entice my fellow nonprofit professionals to attend a workshop or other educational event. As most anyone who produces training events will tell you, it is tough to find the right mix of course content, presenter, course length, location, timing and description to convince someone to take time away from their day-to-day work for some professional development. MORE>>

The Time Management Myth
Posted on October 21, 2010 by Amber Fogarty, Chief Marketing Officer of SOS Leadership Institute
How can you make time work for you? The idea that time can be "managed" is a myth. No matter what you do, you can't change the amount of time you have, nor can you change how quickly or slowly time goes by. You can only manage yourself and the choices you make with your time. Here a few tips to help you make the most of your time. MORE>>
Upcoming Workshops
Lunch & Learn: Get Going on Planned Giving: Myths, Realities, Strategies & Tools - 11/10/2010
Free for Members
Get Going on Planned Giving presents an overview of this often-overlooked aspect of fundraising. If you thought planned giving was too complicated or not a good fit for your organization, this session may change your mind. Based on case-centered planned giving, this session will explode myths, affirm realities, and take a close look at proven strategies and tools for a planned giving program focused on your mission and vision. You'll come away with ideas and action plans for getting started in planned giving or boosting your existing program.

Branding for Nonprofits - 11/30/2010
Learn how to leverage the secrets of successful corporate branding for your nonprofit! Join Joe Silva and Rosanna Picillo of National Instruments to discover how NI's global corporate branding and marketing best practices can be adapted and put to work for your organization, even on a shoe-string budget. This hands on workshop will address branding creation, do's and don'ts, how to create marketing plans to support your brand and how to engage and involve everyone on your staff and board. Join us for the exciting opportunity to learn how to take your organization's branding to a whole new level.

Lunch & Learn: The Time Management Myth - 12/1/2010
Free for Members
Do you feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? Do you have overflowing to-do lists with more tasks on them at the end of the day than at the beginning? The idea that time can be "managed" is a myth. No matter what we do, we can't change the amount of time we have, nor can we change how quickly or slowly time passes. We can only manage ourselves and the choices we make. In this session, Amber Fogerty, Partner and Chief Marketing Officer of SOS Leadership Institute, will help you improve your time habits, identify your time thieves, and make time work for you. She'll share valuable ideas and insights to help you protect your most valuable asset: your time.

ED Essentials: Intensive Training for Nonprofit Executives - 12/8/2010
This workshop provides the fundamental principles and best practices that every nonprofit board member should know. Learn about roles and responsibilities, financial management, policymaking, fundraising, planning, and how to work with staff and colleagues. You'll come away with a clear understanding of the many roles that are required of you and the skills to make the most of your board experience for you and your organization.
Member News

Roundtable Discussion on Nonprofit Fraud, Waste and Abuse
Thursday, November 4, 2010
he Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (FLCCT) endeavors to foster sound financial and operational practices in the Austin Community by hosting a series of Roundtable Panel Discussions throughout the year. Join us as we improve our community together.


SXSW wants more Nonprofits! And they are paying.
For 2011, SXSW is proud to add a new scholarship program to make it easier for non profits to be part of the excitement of March in Austin.

2nd Annual Celebration Dinner, November 17, 2010
Rainforest Partnership partners with communities in Latin America to help build a sustainable economy and deter deforestation. Please join us on November 17th at Barr Mansion for dinner, drinks, music, a silent auction, and a celebration of the artisan projects in our partner communities of Chipaota, Peru and San Isla, Ecuador.

Leadership Academy for Public Service
The non-partisan Leadership Academy for Public Service is co-sponsored by Leadership Austin and AARO (the Austin Area Research Organization) and presents sensible and specific strategies for assessing, planning, and organizing a political campaign.

UWCA Announces 2011-2012 Community Investment Grants
Please note that in order to be considered for funding, a mandatory Intent to Apply Form must be submitted by noon on October 29, 2010.


Member Job Board

Senior Director of Development - LIVESTRONG
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Senior Manager, Evaluation & Research - LIVESTRONG
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fundraising Events Ambassador - LIVESTRONG
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Director of New Media - LIVESTRONG
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Executive Director - Austin Free-Net
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Houston Director - College Forward
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010

Campus and Community Programs Manager - Austin Partners in Education
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010

Grant Manager - College Forward
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010


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