"Everyone is getting mobilized around the COVID urgency. But there is another, perhaps bigger, more fundamental urgency that we are not mobilizing around—ecological collapse, the need to evolve as a species that can think and act more collectively."

Nonprofit Quarterly has just published a thought-provoking piece on social change and what the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is teaching the nonprofit sector. It proposes that while many organizations have been celebrating the thoughtful and quick response of this pandemic across social media and our various digital platforms, the real work is yet to come and most of us are not prepared for the openings that accompany such collapses.

Great food for thought as your organization continues to adapt to the constant changes and daily evolution we are all faced with amidst this ongoing worldwide pandemic!
Due to overwhelming demand, two of our upcoming FREE learning opportunities have reached their capacity. That right, friends, Networking - Building Relationship & Grant Writing 101 are
SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact Kate Tolliver at:

Don't be too bummed if you missed out on these opportunities -- even more FREE virtual classes have just been added to our calendar for the month of May! Read on for more information and make sure you're the early bird getting the worm this time around!
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
We are pleased to announce that we are extending our FREE online learning opportunities through the month of May!

That's right, we have four new classes and one new series coming to you directly online. Don't delay...register today! 

As a leading provider of nonprofit workforce and career development for Central Texas, we invite you and your organization to be part of our "community of learning" through the learning opportunities below, all of which are aimed at strengthening nonprofit practitioners during these extraordinary times.

Feeling angst about the world's problems? Struggling with social distancing? COVID-19 has drastically and rapidly altered our daily lives. Now more than ever we must lean into opportunities for meaningful connection and open-minded discussion.

You are invited to spend some time while you are staying at home to practice how to be a more empathetic and effective listener and sharer. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for virtual compassionate conversation circles. Topics include coping with anxiety, exploring identity and values and thinking about legacy. Completion of the series will earn participants a Citizen Discourse Active Listening Certificate. Limited to 24 participants!

Presented by Karen Gross of Citizen Discourse a global education movement devoted to reinventing a world where self-awareness, critical thinking, and empathy create interactions grounded in dignity and respect.

FRIDAYS | MAY 1-15 | 9 - 10:30 AM

No matter the odds an organization or a community faces, there are assets that can be used as resources for growth and sustainability. Become familiar with the concept of community asset mapping -- the process of intentionally identifying the human, material, financial, entrepreneurial and other resources in a community -- in order to grow and sustain your organization. Learn more about building social capital and using it for the greater good in the communities your organization serves.

Led by Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, co-founder of HERitage GivingCircle & Vice President of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas®

MAY 4 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM


We are often blind to our own strengths and uncomfortable talking about what we are good at. This session will help build a vocabulary and an appreciation for our talents, which can help us seek out or craft roles that are a better fit and also increase our productivity and satisfaction at work. 
Limited to 24 participants!

Presented by Alessandra Zielinski, CPC ACC. Alessandra's career as a consultant spans the public and private sectors. She holds an MBA from Cornell University, a Masters in International Relations from Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

MAY 11 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, co-founder of HERitage GivingCircle, one of the first African American Giving Circles in the state will offer information on ways in which historically represented organizations can collaborate, evaluate funding opportunities, and gain visibility. Dr.Booker-Drew is the Vice President of Community Affairs for the State Fair ofTexas and is responsible for the philanthropic giving, community initiatives and educational programming of the organization. This webinar is an active dialogue so make sure to bring your questions!

MAY 20 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM

In this session, participants will learn how to build a personal user manual, a fun and powerful tool that creates transparency and encourages better communication and improved boundaries among team members. 
Limited to 24 participants!

Presented by Alessandra Zielinski, CPC ACC. Alessandra's career spans the public and private sectors as both consultant and educator; her areas of expertise include growth strategy, operational improvement, governance, and economic development. She is also a Certified Professional Coach with an executive focus on helping rising leaders navigate the complexity of senior roles.

MAY 28 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Ongoing Learning Series
For the first time, the Center for Nonprofit Studies is pleased to offer our popular Certificate in Grant Writing ONLINE! Don't miss this intensive, hands-on opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment -- now with a digital twist.

Limited to only 20 participants, your instructor, Jack Smith, is an accomplished grant writer with over thirty years of training and consulting experience with hundreds of nonprofit and public organizations throughout the US. His easygoing style packs a vast amount of content and expertise into each day of the course and offers a hands-on approach versus just a series of lectures. This special online offering of our certificate program will include an office hour each day to answer questions and provide individual consultation by appointment.

This certificate program is eligible for the AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption program.
Excerpted from The Harvard Business Review
If your life works you influence your family.
If your family works, your family influences the community.
If your community works, your community influences the nation.
If your nation works, your nation influences the world.
If your world works, the ripple effect spreads throughout the cosmos.
-- Lao Tzu's Tau Te Ching (as adapted in John Hider's The Tau of Leadership)
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