Civil Society continues its focus on the experiences of people of color in Austin, and celebrates Hispanic Heritage month, with a BRAND NEW series exploring Hispanic/Latinx Experiences in Austin -- Thursdays at 10 AM!
Join us as we learn more about the vibrant history of the Hispanic/Latinx community in our city throughout the month of October! Following last week's dynamic opening conversation with James Aldrete, this week, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, national and international founder of Las Comadres para las Americas, and Secretary, Board of Trustees at Austin Community College as we discuss Hispanic serving institutions.

Reserve your virtual seat and be part of tomorrow's LIVE and INTERACTIVE discussion with Dr. Comstock here
And while you're visiting our events calendar, why not make plans to attend the other newly announced episodes in the series?

The Chicano Struggle for Civil Rights and Chicana Feminism
October 15th | Martha Cotera, National Advisor for Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Project and former Archivist at the UT Benson Latin American Collection

Hispanic Business in Austin 
October 22 | Diana Maldonado, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

More guests in this series will be announced soon! 

Civil Society, hosted by Barry Silverberg, CNS Director, explores issues affecting our communal well-being through a nonprofit lens. It is produced weekly on Zoom on Thursdays at 10:00 AM. You can watch previous seasons of the program, including our recently-completed series on
"The Black Experience in Austin" here.
It’s time to make your plan to vote in the November 3rd election!
Less than a month remains before Election Day! Early Voting in Texas begins on October 13th and runs through October 30th.

For your reference, nonpartisan information on candidates and other initiatives on the ballot is available at: You can also find information on voter registration and voting in Travis County and other central Texas counties by visiting: Applications must be received (not postmarked) by Friday, October 23, 2020, for the General Election. The link above provides addresses of the election’s offices to request your mail-in ballot.
As a public service, we are here to remind you that nonprofits are critical players in promoting civic engagement, encouraging advocacy, and influencing public policy. However, it is critical that we understand the scope of what nonprofits can do and not do at this time. We offer you the following resources to ensure that we all operate within the law. 

Take Space, Make Space: Advocating for Yourself and Others
Tuesdays in October!
October 6th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

Seeing the Whole Picture: Tools for Assessing Challenges as a Team

The next offering in the (Over)Coming Together: Thriving Teams and Other Renewable Resources series! 
October 9th | 12-2:30 PM | Dr. Hannah Wong

Take Space, Make Space: Advocating for Yourself and Others
Tuesdays in October!
October 13th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

Take Space, Make Space: Advocating for Yourself and Others
Tuesdays in October!
October 20th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

Real Talk Voting in 2020 - A Round Table Discussion

A FREE moderated discussion open to all!
October 22nd | 12-1:30 PM 

Take Space, Make Space: Advocating for Yourself and Others
Tuesdays in October!
October 27th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

As a reminder, many of our online opportunities operate under a Pay What You Can (PWYC) pricing sliding scale. You can 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.

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the Texas nonprofit sector’s ability to sustain an important workforce and provide critical services all Texans depend on. In surveys conducted over the summer, 70% of organizations reported adjusting operations or services to directly address COVID-19, and 82% had to cancel revenue-generating programs or events.

Now more than six months into the pandemic, COVID-19’s long-term impact on our sector continues to evolve. We are partnering with United Ways of Texas, OneStar Foundation, Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and numerous regional partners to survey Texas nonprofits to better understand your latest needs and emerging trends. Your responses will help us better support and advocate for the Texas nonprofit sector and secure the resources you need to continue your critical mission.


Please respond by Friday, October 16. All responses are optional, confidential, and anonymous. Learn more at:

Please note: This survey is intended to be answered only one time per organization and should be completed by a senior leader or executive with insight into financial and operational impacts. Questions may cover grants and government relief packages, lost income, and reductions in staff. 

"In some cases, management has a vague sense of the threat but finds it more comfortable to ignore the “elephant in the corner.” Forcing recognition of the threat may also be a difficult and unpopular task, but it too is an essential risk management responsibility.”

(David M. Rowe. 2018. An Insider’s Guide to Risk Management )

The unexpected disruptions of 2020 have given leadership teams space and permission to do something we should have been doing all along: take stock of what’s important, scale back or eliminate activities that minimally support our missions, and treat team members as unique human beings whose needs cannot be homogenized in one-size-fits-all policies.

Melanie Lockwood Herman (Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center), shares her thoughts and offers questions your organization should consider to help identify the "elephants in your organization," otherwise known as existential and significant threats. CNS is a proud affiliate member of NRMC.


Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.

                -- Robert Quillen (1887–1948), American Journalist and Humorist

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