The NEW season of Civil Society is underway and off to an exciting start! Season 4 finds our signature television program in an all-new virtual format and is accompanied by a LIVE Q & A session with our guests as we explore the Black Experience in Austin.

Join us for an brand new episode of Civil Society,

THIS THURSDAY, July 16th @ 10 AM

with special guest, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, President and Chief Executive Officer at Huston-Tillotson University.

This week's conversation with Dr. Burnette will explore her insights and perspectives on the struggles for racial equity and social justice, the impact of Huston-Tillotson University on Austin - its current offerings, future plans, and the pivotal role it has played in the struggle for quality education and racial equity in our community.

You can learn more information about the series and view the full Season 4 line-up further below.
Back by popular demand! Don't miss an intensive, hands-on opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment -- now ONLINE!

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.

7/16/20 – The Impact of Huston-Tillotson University on Austin with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette,
Sixth President and CEO

7/23/20 – Black Business in Austin with Tam Hawkins,
President & CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

7/30/20 – Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Central Texas with Sean Thomas Brietfeld & Ofronama Biu,
Co-Director of the Building Movement Project/
Co-Author of Race to Lead Revisited & 
Senior Research Associate/writer of the Central Texas report

8/06/20 – White Privilege with Froswa Booker-Drew,
Vice President, Community Affairs,
Strategic Alliances at State Fair of Texas

8/13/20 - The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center with Carre Adams,
iCurator/Culture & Arts Manager at the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

8/20/20 - Exploring Black History in Austin with kYmberly Keeton,
African American Community Archivist and Librarian, Austin History Center &
Austin Public Library

All episodes will be conducted live on Thursdays from 10-11 AM and will allow for a 30-minute conversation between Barry Silverberg (Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies at ACC) and his guests. Immediately following the conversation, the audience will have the opportunity to directly interact with guests for a LIVE Q & A session. All episodes will be recorded and later posted on the Center for Nonprofit Studies' Civil Society webpage for viewing.

This program is guided by CNS' Racial Equity Statement as of June 15, 2020. Through Civil Society, we aim to heighten consciousness, educate and motivate personal and organizational change by incorporating a racial equity lens in our understanding, and provide appreciation of our diverse community.

This series will be followed by similar series on the Latinx Experience in Austin, the Asian Experience in Austin, and the Native American Experience in Austin. We welcome recommendations on topics and people to interview for these series. Email:

Applications Open NOW through July 24, 2020
@ 5:00 PM (CST)!

ICYMI - The City of Austin Economic Development Department announced two grants to support and sustain local, small businesses as well as local nonprofit organizations that are facing extreme hardships due to economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant is a $6.35 million fund that will provide grants up to $20,000 to Austin nonprofit organizations serving in specific areas of need. Eligible local nonprofits must be headquartered in a City of Austin Council district. The Better Business Bureau of Austin will collect, review, and score applications on behalf of the Economic Development Department. 
In need of application assistance? Mission Capital is providing technical support and application assistance - in English and Spanish - to any nonprofit that needs help determining how to apply and/or submitting a successful application. To sign up for one-on-one help with your application, register for office hours here

Visit to review grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and a checklist of application documentation. For further eligibility questions and application assistance, contact the Better Business Bureau by email or by phone 512-318-2683.
Take a look at our upcoming learning opportunities that are ongoing through the month of July! These engaging and timely offerings are not only of relevance to the nonprofit sector, but have also been programmed with the current issues facing the world in mind. We hope you'll sign up to attend the offering that resonates most with YOU!

Networking: Building Relationships
July 16th | 9 - 11 AM | Kymberli Speight 

GET S.M.A.R.T. - Goals & Objectives that Drive Success
July 20th | 12 - 2:30 PM | Tammy Holland

Mastering the Art of Feedback
July 22nd | 12 - 1:30 PM | Tammy Holland

Embracing a New Norm thru Impactful Family-School Partnerships
July 23rd | 9-10 AM | Sheri Doss

Get that Grant! Grant Writing Basics for Nonprofits
July 27th | 9 AM - 12 PM | Susannah Erler

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.
As a reminder, our virtual self-care series continues on through the month of July! Lacy Alana (LCSW, MSSW, RSW) leads sessions on Self-Care and Humor each week for some much needed "me time" and personal focus and wellness.

All are welcome as we engage in learning, connection, and FUN! You can register for these sessions here.
So what will happen now that all of the racial equity statements have been issued?

"There were two birds in the woods. It was a very, very cold day. In the distance they saw a hunter, tears in his eyes from the cold, taking aim at them. One bird urged the other to flee with him. "He's going to shoot us," he warned. The other, seeing the tears in the hunter's eyes, urged his friend not to flee. Don't worry," he counseled, "he's a compassionate man. He won't shoot us; see the tears in his eyes. To which the first bird replied, "don't look at his eyes, but what he does with his hands." 
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