"For the times they are a-changin’..."

It is a somber and sober moment for all of us. A time of personal reflection, organizational adaptation, and uncertainty for all. We are finally confronting the open secret of racism in America.
At the Center for Nonprofit Studies, we are examining how we can use our influence and assets to contribute to racial equity and an anti-racist society. We are incorporating a racial equity lens in all we do – as outlined below. Let us know your thoughts and recommendations.
At the same time, we cannot ignore our blessings. For me, that is my colleagues, whose passion for our sector drives all we do.
Recently joining our team, Kellyn Lovell, brings nearly a decade of experience in organizational storytelling, fundraising, and nonprofit strategy to her role as Center Manager. She is passionate about building the capacity of the social sector, and in so doing, creating a better world.
Kellyn joins:
  • Kate Tolliver, Center Coordinator, who brings a high level of expertise to the team after more than two decades working with nonprofits;
  • Anh Pham, Administrative Assistant and Webmaster, whose focus is on providing superior customer service; with a passion to make a difference;
  • Carolyn Hoehle, Strategic Communications Specialist, whose keen interest in marketing, digital design, and authentic connection and engagement is changing our public profile; &
  • Barry Silverberg, the perennial Director.
You can read more about each team member here
May we all continue our personal and organizational introspection as we strive to achieve opportunity and equity for all.

That sentiment guides us as we apply a racial equity lens to all that we do.

Though principles of justice and equity have guided our work from our beginning twenty years ago, the current cultural moment, catalyzed by the unjust killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others, has revealed gaps in our own understanding of race in America; and is unraveling unintentional naivety and insensitivity born of willful ignorance.

Tragedy leads us to know better. We are committed to use all our assets and influence to do better.

Looking for more local support for your COVID-19 related efforts? The City of Austin has created a "How to Help Campaign" directing people to an online hub to find safe and effective opportunities to engage. The campaign will be promoted by City Leaders, press releases, social media, email marketing and more to drive participation community-wide. Learn how to list your volunteer and funding needs created or complicated by COVID-19 by visiting the How to Help User Guide on the City's website. Together, we can keep our community healthy, safe and engaged. 
This summer, we are proud to present an array of learning opportunities that address engaging and timely topics relevant to the nonprofit sector. Take a look at the classes listed below and sign up to attend the learning opportunities that resonate with you!

Mind Those Minutes
June 18th | 12 - 1:30 PM | Reagan Pugh

Virtual Teamwork
June 19th | 1 - 2 PM | Lacy Alana

Effective Grant Writing Strategies:
Using Your Compass to Gain Treasures

June 22nd | 9 - 10:30 AM | Susannah Erler

Fundraising Conversations with
Fayruz Benyousef

June 22nd | 12 - 1:30 PM | Fayruz Benyousef & Constance Dykhuizen

Finding Yourself at the Virtual Table
June 24th | 12 - 1 PM | Lacy Alana

Telling Your Story: Evolving Past the Elevator Pitch
June 25th | 12 - 1:30 PM | Reagan Pugh

Grant Writers' Roundtable
June 29th | 9 - 10:30 AM | Susannah Erler

Finding Your Guide
July 2nd | 12 - 1:30 PM | Reagan Pugh

As a reminder, many of our online learning opportunities have begun transitioning into a Pay What You Can (PWYC) sliding scale. You can learn more about this pricing system here, which will allow us to continue to offer quality programming while also addressing the financials challenges many are faced with at this present time.
The Center for Nonprofit Studies values the wellbeing of our community, and to that end, our weekly Self-Care and Humor sessions (led by Lacy Alana, LCSW, MSSW, RSW) are once again being offered free of charge. You can register for these sessions here. We hope you can join each week for an hour of connection and comfort. 

Maya Angelou reads, "We Wear The Mask, " by Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
       We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
       We wear the mask!

Paul Laurence. Dunbar, "“We Wear the Mask.”" from The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company)
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