Your voice.
Advocacy -- to change "what is" into "what should be."
Welcome to the new monthly newsletter from Nonprofit Austin! Every month will feature thematic curated content based on Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence and will be accompanied by a brief weekly digest that will help keep you abreast of the latest learning opportunities from our Nonprofit Austin.

We are excited to kick off this new direction with a focus on Advocacy for the month of January. Read on!  

Advocacy. What exactly does this mean in the context of nonprofit service? On one hand, influencing public decision-making is a critical and legal means for nonprofit organizations to accomplish their missions. To the highest extent possible, nonprofit organizations should educate their community, provide opportunities to deliberate on public policies, engage their constituents in advocacy activities, and promote community interests. This means open communication between policymakers and constituents must exist in order to contribute to well-informed policies and their effective implementation. 

On the other hand, because participation in government decision-making is a highly regulated and sometimes contentious area, this means nonprofit leaders need to be familiar with the regulations and requirements for nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking. Nonprofits also need to know the reporting requirements and restrictions on partisan political campaign activity. Read more about these requirements and how to implement more Civic Engagement and Public Policy within your organization!
Brush up your knowledge on how the Legislative Process in Texas works!
A useful toolkit that highlights the depth of the nonprofit sector and its impact on our state's economy.
Why, how, and what your nonprofit can do to exact social change in your community.
Test your knowledge. A toolkit for you.
Download this self-assessment based on Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence - Advocacy.

For fun, try your hand at this Advocacy focused crossword
Hint: This article on advocacy terminology will come in handy! 
Email us for the completed puzzle.
The Texas Legislature has reconvened, and Texans are buckling up for a legislative session unlike any other in the Lone Star State’s history. The year 2020 brought unique challenges to Texas and America. So far, 2021 is only reinforcing those challenges. Historical and current racism, the pandemic, and attacks on the symbols and institutions of our democracy are a stark reminder of the importance of the Texas Capitol and the work done there. 
Who better to meet these challenges than the nonprofit sector? Nonprofits understand that we stand at a precarious moment in our nation’s history and that nonprofits in Austin, our state, and the country can play an important role in fighting hatred, bigotry, and violence. Nonprofits know that advocacy contributes to debate and can build bridges among disparate ideas and voices. Effective advocacy furthers your mission and benefits your clients and your communities.
Nonprofits must speak on behalf of the voiceless, speak truth to power, speak up.  Now is not the time to listen to your most timid board member.  The Internal Revenue Service allows for lobbying and advocacy, and the times demand it. We must stand for equity. We cannot quietly acquiesce to the ongoing downgrading and disparagement of our most sacred civic and public institutions.  We are needed now.
The legislative session is going to be very different this year. Read more
A new section featuring YOU!
Our community is filled with incredible Alumni and Faculty who are contributing to the nonprofit sector in impactful and substantial ways and it’s high time we champion these individuals!

Going forward, every edition of our newsletter will feature a special section devoted to the passionate nonprofit professionals who are part of the Nonprofit Austin community. Are you proud of a particular accomplishment you helped your organization achieve in 2020? Were you inspired to start your own 501(c)(3) last year? Looking to “humblebrag” on behalf of a certificate cohort or fellow faculty member? Nominations are now being accepted for our NEW Alumni and Faculty spotlight newsletter feature!

Ready to become part of our community?

You have not one, BUT TWO chances to join our elite group of Alumni! We are now accepting applications for our Certificate in Effective Fundraising AND our Certificate in Financial Management.


If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please fill out this brief survey to share what you have been up to lately or ballyhoo the recent achievements of a colleague. Nonprofit Austin staff will follow-up with each month’s chosen Alumni or Faculty spotlight to acquire any further information needed.
We can’t wait to feature YOU in the spotlight in the months ahead!
Embracing "No" -
Understanding, Holding, & Creating Healthy Boundaries

Explore how to healthfully say "no" to yourself and others!
January 19th & 26th 12-1 PM
Lacy Alana
Nonprofit Advocacy - What Nonprofits Can and Cannot Do
Discover how your nonprofit can become a dynamic advocate for our community!
January 21st 12-1:30 PM
Jason Sabo
Effective Board &
Meeting Minutes

Learn how to efficiently take and use minutes to advance your organization’s mission!
January 27th 10-11:30 AM
Barry Silverberg
Nonprofit Marketing & Communication (4-Part Series)
A NEW Monday evening series to help take your communications to the next level!
February 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd
6-7:30 PM
Bonnie Spanogle
Humor and insights straight
from the personal files of
Barry Silverberg
"When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
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