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OneStar eNews: May 2011

June, 2011

OneStar eNews: May 2011

Early Bird Registration for the Texas Nonprofit Summit Expires Tomorrow

Join more than 700 nonprofit professionals, board members, funders, government representatives and other community leaders to experience an inspiring, productive two days of learning and networking. Register today to attend Texas' premiere nonprofit conference!
Early Bird rates of $180 for Greenlights members and OneStar Foundation grantees and $200 for non-members/grantees expire on June 1 (regular rates are $230/members and grantees and $270/non-members and grantees).
Sneak Peek at Sessions
In addition to hearing keynote addresses from Beth Kanter, author of Beth's Blog and The Networked Nonprofit, and Kathy LeMay, founder, president and CEO of Raising Change, you'll also participate in any of 32 breakout sessions.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the sessions that will be featured:

6 Ways to Rock Your Nonprofit Career
Rosetta Thurman, Career Coach and President of Thurman Consulting
Making the Ask: Fearless and Effective Requests for Money, Time, Advocacy and More
Marjorie Clifton, Fellow, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
Best Practices in Nonprofit Impact Measurement
Mary Jones, Consultant, Center for Nonprofit Management
Top Trends in Technology that Affect the Future of Nonprofits
David J. Neff, author of The Future of Nonprofits: Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Age
Modern Day Media Relations: Getting Everyone's Attention
Matt Glazer, Executive Director, Progress Texas and Progress Texas Institute
Social Venture Philanthropists Seek High Growth Nonprofits: Plans and Metrics Preferred
Lisa Fielder, Executive Director, College Forward and J. Dennis Cavner, Founder and Principal, Innovation +
How to Develop and Leverage Your Nonprofit or Program Brand and Messaging
Phil West, Founder and Principal, Luminaria Media & Public Relations

Your Data is Talking...Are You Listening?
Sandra Jensen and Kevin Burpo, Co-Founders and Principal Consultants, KELL Partners
These sessions and more will be posted online next week, but don't wait and miss out on the special early bird rates!
The Deadline for Governor’s Volunteer Awards Nominations is June 7th

OneStar joins the Governor every year in honoring some of Texas' most dedicated community volunteers at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards. For 28 years, the awards have honored Texans who give their time and talents to their communities through volunteerism and community service.
We are now accepting nominations by mail or online. The nomination deadline is June 7, 2011.

There are 5 award categories this year:
  • Social Innovator Award
  • Corporate Community Impact Award
  • Community Leadership Award
  • First Lady's Rising Star Award
  • Governor's Lonestar Achievement Award
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony will be held during the Texas Nonprofit Summit at the Texas Nonprofit Awards, a combination of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards and Greenlights’ Nonprofit Excellence Awards. This will allow us to celebrate the winners on a larger scale and honor them in front of their peers as examples of the power of service and volunteerism.

If you know of an outstanding nominee that truly embodies the Texas tradition of community service, we encourage you to nominate them for an award.

Any questions related to the Governor’s Volunteer Awards can be sent to or you can call 512.287.2017.
AmeriCorps Week 2011

During May 14-21, 2011, the fifth annual AmeriCorps Week took placed in Texas and nationwide. AmeriCorps Week is the annual celebration and spotlight on AmeriCorps’ impact in communities and chance to spotlight and thank AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, partners and friends.

OneStar’s grantees across the state were involved in all kinds of activities including the ones highlighted below:
  • Austin AmeriCorps groups participated in a week of celebration and community involvement for this year’s AmeriCorps Week. Highlights include a youth basketball tournament, community food drive, meet and greet Trivia Night, building an educational garden, and the week concluded with a gathering at the Texas Capitol. Learn more about Austin AmerCorps Week at
  • Houston area AmeriCorps programs were engaged in a series of events for AmeriCorps week starting with the Project Row Houses Beautification Event followed by a proclamation ceremony with the City of Houston; Playworks Fellowship Day at Alabama Ice House, and then a closing event at the Houston Food Bank. Check out their Facebook page to learn more
  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s AmeriCorps Youth Harvest program conducted events at 10 high schools in seven cities and one college campus providing outreach presentations, poster making contests, best door decorating contest and a crowning of a Mr. & Mrs. AmeriCorps. At one participating high school current members challenged high school junior students to be honorary AmeriCorps members by inviting them to serve at an AmeriCorps host site after school for one day.  A “Big Build” community service project took place in collaboration with Proyecto Azteca in Alamo and allowed seven organizations throughout the Rio Grande Valley along with their AmeriCorps members to assist in the construction of homes for low income families that live in Hidalgo.  Proyecto Azteca works as a self-help model that requires families to work on their own homes. It was an awesome day with 74 volunteers serving over 630 sweat equity hours for Proyecto Azteca families and their first homes.  The week concluded with members attending a college fair event sponsored by the Cesar Chavez Foundation-Community Services in Las Milpas.

2011 Texas Nonprofit Summit – September 8-9, 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Check our online Events Calendar for a list of other upcoming events that may be of interest to your organization.

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