CEF - '19 Group Shot
Certificate in Effective Fundraising
Class of 2019
“I enrolled in this program [Effective Fundraising] with zero fund-raising experience or knowledge and came away knowing that there are some amazingly talented people who can help my organization get started at the right time. I also now have a thick notebook filled with news I can use, for those times when guidance is needed. (There will be many!) I learned from the presenters and my classmates and discovered a whole new community of thoughtful, passionate, creative and talented people who care deeply about enhancing the capacity of their organizations to carry out their missions.”
- Barbara Johnson,
Executive Director, 
Austin Area Research Organization (AARO)

Are you like us and shocked by the fact that it's already December? 2020 where did you go?!

The end of this year means a new one is just around the corner and new opportunities are on the horizon. We’re excited to share that not one but two of our Certificate Programs are NOW accepting applications. That’s right, applications for both our Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management and Certificate in Effective Fundraising have gone LIVE!

There's never been a better time to take the next step in your nonprofit career or advance your professional development! We encourage you to learn more and ACT NOW as limited spots for these programs are available. Take a look at our two certificate programs that are entirely ONLINE, live, and interactive for 2021.

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2021!

Ok, but which program is right for me?

Great question! Are you...

  • A professional or volunteer fundraiser seeking greater competence and career advancements?

  • An individual who wants to make a career change and is seeking to acquire the competencies needed to be an ethical and effective fundraiser?

  • A graduate of a nonprofit academic program who is looking for a pragmatic, experience-based learning opportunity that will help advance in your budding career?

  • A fundraising professional seeking further education and credits toward your CFRE?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then our Certificate in Effective Fundraising sounds like the right opportunity for you!

Or maybe you're...

  • A current financial management staff member seeking further education or a refresher program?

  • An aspiring professional seeking competence and professional opportunities in this area of the nonprofit sector?

  • A program staff member seeking an understanding of this critical organizational function?

  • An individual looking to make a career change?

  • A volunteer leader who desires a greater understanding of the financial management function?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then our Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management sounds like the right opportunity for you!

None of the above quite the right fit? Learn more about our other Certificate Programs that will be offering sessions later in 2021. We'd love to be part of your journey as we all excitedly look towards the future!

Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management 
Class of 2019
“This class [Nonprofit Financial Management] gave me a deeper and broader knowledge of our complex financials to lead and work more closely and more effectively with my CFO, the Finance Committee, and the Board.”
- David C. Smith,
CEO, United Way
TX NP Leader's COVID19 Impact Report

2020 has been an extraordinary year with fresh challenges and unexpected opportunities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the new Texas Nonprofit Leaders’ COVID-19 Impact Report for a current look at the impact of the pandemic on the critical nonprofit sector and to access a list of vital resources if your organization has or continues to be part of your community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us LIVE this THURSDAY @ 11 AM for the FINAL episode in Civil Society's exploration of the Hispanic Experience in Austin series!
Hispanic Business in Austin
December 10 | Diana Maldonado, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
In addition to serving as the final episode in our "Hispanic/Latinx Experience in Austin" series, this week's episode of Civil Society also marks the final episode of the year. We look forward to beginning a brand new season in 2021 where we will explore the experiences of those who identify as Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native American/Indigenous in Austin!

You can view our full library of past seasons, including this year's look at "The Black Experience in Austin" and "The Hispanic/Latinx Experience in Austin," by visiting our Civil Society homepage.

Thank you to all who have joined us, and our host, CNS Director, Barry Silverberg, this year as we have examined social inequities and issues affecting our communal well-being through a nonprofit lens. See ya next year!

Calling all leaders! Austin Community College Office of Student Life is seeking workshop proposals from students, faculty, staff, and community members for their Spring 2021 Leadership Conference taking place virtually, February 4-5, 2021.

Individuals and/or teams are welcome to submit their proposals now through December 11th, focused on three conference themes: Resilience, Confidence, and Civic Engagement. Learn more about the conference or submit your Presentation Proposal here.

As 2020 nears its end, we invite you to join us for one of our remaining learning opportunities!

Email Kate Tolliver (, CNS Coordinator, using the subject line: REQUEST FOR PROMO CODE for a complimentary promotional code.

Movesz with Jamsz
A fun opportunity to move your body & relieve stress! 
December 9th | 12-1 PM | Jamsz Konnections

Virtual Playfulness: Finding Self-Care, Joy, and Inspiration for Interactive Virtual Holiday Celebrations

A special self-care holiday series!
December 15th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

Navigating Sustained Conflict - Week 5: Bringing it All Together: Implementing New Skills and Learning

A FREE series focusing on key skills to help navigate this difficult time!
December 15th | 2-3 PM | Lacy Alana

Movesz with Jamsz
A fun opportunity to move your body & relieve stress! 
December 16th | 12-1 PM | Jamsz Konnections


As a reminder, many of our online opportunities operate under a Pay What You Can (PWYC) pricing sliding scale. Learn more about this pricing system here, which allows us to continue to offer quality programming while also addressing the financial challenges many are faced with at this present time.

"Intentions and impacts are often not clear. First, our intentions don’t always have the impact we intend. We can’t assume that what we intended to say is what was heard. Second, it is a mistake to think that we know what people intend."

Good Intentions Do Not Pardon Bad Impact 

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