The Grant Writing Certificate Program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. Instructor, Jack Smith, is an accomplished grant writer with an easygoing style who packs each day with a vast amount of content and expertise. In addition, you’ll receive an extensive package of materials to use both during the week and for future grant writing projects.

The Grant Writing Certificate Program is a hands-on workshop, not just a series of lectures. Class size is intentionally small in order to provide personalized attention while you build a real, usable work product.

You will be online for the entire time 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM each day and there is group work and out of classwork. In addition to the lecture time, group work, and out of classwork, Jack has an office hour each day to answer questions and provide individual consultation by appointment.

This is a live, interactive, online program that requires active participation via Zoom. Access to a Gmail account is helpful for Google Group work.   



*May be eligible for the AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption program.
Applications are now being accepted for our Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management Class of 2021!

Built on a strong competency model, the CNLM program offers one of the most comprehensive nonprofit professional development opportunities in Texas. Its serious course of study – requiring the commitment and investment of its participants – provides the “learning” and “experience” it takes to thrive as a
committed, competent and effective leader and manager within the nonprofit community.

The CNLM program is:
• Designed for both professional staff and volunteer leaders.
• Raises the bar on the practice of professional and volunteer leadership.
• Fosters a community of practice, developing a cadre of informed, motivated and effective nonprofit professional and volunteer practitioner leaders who will build their professional networks so as to support each other.

Please note this is a live, interactive, online program that requires active participation via Zoom.
Social change often begins with a story. When given the opportunity to learn about experiences different from our own, we gain knowledge, perspective, and often, the motivation needed to change and grow. Moved by a new sense of urgency to heighten our community’s consciousness of institutional racism and systemic impediments to racial equity, we are seeking to elevate the stories of people of color in our community through a series of special live and virtual episodes of Civil Society on 'The Black Experience in Austin.'

Join us EVERY THURSDAY at 10 AM for thought-provoking perspectives and discussions designed to grow in your understanding of and appreciation for our diverse sector and community. 

7/30/20 – Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Central Texas with Sean Thomas Brietfeld & Ofronama Biu,
co-Director of the Building Movement Project, and co-author of Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities and Senior Research Associate and the 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

8/27/20 - Using Data and Education to Mobilize Communities to Eliminate Social Disparities with Meme Styles,
President and Founder of MEASURE

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:
How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues
"Well, it’s been a long time coming, but corporate America — and the world — has finally woken up to the idea that systemic racism still surrounds us."

The Harvard Business Review recently published a thought-provoking article, "How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues.” If you've been grappling with this question, this article is a great place to start! 
Our engaging and timely learning opportunities continue on through the month of August! Join us and our community of learning as we continue our professional development and personal growth ONLINE!

Embracing Mistakes: Assessing Impact & Moving Forward (Part 1)
August 6th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

Nonprofit Austin Presents: Presenting Interactively Using Zoom
August 7th | 9-10:30 AM | Lacy Alana

Embracing Mistakes: Assessing Impact & Moving Forward (Part 2)
August 13th | 12-1 PM | Lacy Alana

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.
Nonprofits --  are you seeking assistance with your organization's website? Take a moment to check out this new pro bono project from Lead to Success in partnership with Austin Coding Academy! Coders and programmers are ready to help you with your organization's most pressing websites, databases, and apps needs. Learn more about this free service to you!
Language is an essential tool in racial equity work, and the terms we use have evolved as this work has developed. Having a common language allows us to better engage, discuss, and reflect on these important issues together.

We encourage you to take a look at this Racial Equity Tools Glossary, created by Racial Equity Tools and hosted by BoardSource, to discover the words and definitions that will help you with this ongoing and important work. 
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