We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience. 

--John Dewey

Year-end Reflections from Nonprofit Austin @ ACC

As 2021 comes to a close and we look forwards 2022, we wanted to thank each you for the collaboration, connection and caring we shared this year and to invite you join us for what promises to be a very exciting 2022. 

Stay tuned, we  have some new initiatives that we can hardly wait to share with you!

"Collaboration is multiplication." John C. Maxwell


"The most important things in life are the connections you make with others."  
Tom Ford

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
Margaret Mead

      Advance Your Nonprofit Career NOW!
             Early bird pricing ends 12/17!

The Certificate in Effective Fundraising (CEF) offers a comprehensive and systematic exploration of the key competencies required to be a self-aware, confident, reflective, ethical fundraising professional with a strong sense of professionalism, commitment and passion for the nonprofit sector. 

Participants will receive  80 CFRE Continuing Education Points upon full completion of the program. 

The CEF program begins in February 2022!
What to learn more?

Join us for a FREE information session!

Certificate in Effective Fundraising

December 10, 2021 @ 2PM via Zoom
January 6, 2022 @ 10AM via Zoom

Our guests will include:

Brett J. Barnes, CFRE, CFRM, Senior Director of Philanthropy| Nonprofit Austin Instructor

Karah Powell, Development Director ROCK Ride On Center for Kids | Nonprofit Austin Alumni

Barry Silverberg, Director of Nonprofit Austin

Kate Tolliver, Manager of Nonprofit Austin


The Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management (CFM) is a comprehensive and systematic learning opportunity, covering the tools, frameworks and concepts necessary for effective nonprofit financial management.

The curricula is based upon conversations with nonprofit financial management practitioners and a review of professional literature.  Upon completion, participants will earn 4.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Austin Community College. These may be eligible for use in meeting professional certification requirements.


The CFM program begins in February 2022!

What to learn more?

Join us for a FREE information session!

Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management

December 10, 2021 @ 10AM via Zoom
January 6, 2022 @ 2PM via Zoom

Our guests will include:

Holly Raymond, VP of Senior Vice President, Finance & Risk at Upbring | Nonprofit Austin instructor

Karah Powell, Development Director ROCK Ride On Center for Kids | Nonprofit Austin Alumni

Barry Silverberg, Director of Nonprofit Austin

Kate Tolliver, Manager of Nonprofit Austin


Marcia Silverberg - Featured Faculty
With a career in management that started in the fourth grade, Marcia Silverberg was destined to do great things. When Marcia’s fourth grade teacher suggested that instead of trying out for the choir, she consider taking on the role of choir manager, a career was launched!
What started in the fourth-grade  led to a graduate degree in social work and to a career where Marcia’s dream of making the world a better place would come true.

For the first five years, right out of graduate school, Marcia began her career in high tech where she found herself in a position of making recommendations to the executives. Marcia decided that instead of making recommendations, she wanted to be an executive making decisions, so, she set out to do just that. 

She applied for and was offered an entry level management position at Mutual of New York (MONY) in electronic data processing. Marcia was the first woman to be in charge of operations in their New York offices and so her journey to executive management began.  

Her road to success was not an easy one, but Marcia just kept taking on more responsibility until she was promoted to position where she was supervising a group of technical professionals.  From there, Marcia requested a transfer to the human resources department and she found it to be a match made in heaven.

As an early advocate for better pay, more training and worker friendly policies, Human Resources knew just want Marcia was made of and invited her to put her “MONY” where her mouth was and her career in Human Resources began. 

Of her greatest accomplishments, Marcia is credited with creating and implementing family friendly policies, including an on-site daycare and flexible work arrangements, making MONY a leader in this innovative approach to employee satisfaction and earning MONY Working Mothers’ Magazine’s’ 100 Best Companied to Work For, for 3 years in a row.

When Marcia and her husband of 45 years, our very own Barry Silverberg (her long marriage, is another of her proudest accomplishments), moved to Austin, Marcia went to work at Seton (Ascension) where she  served as their HR Strategic Initiatives and System Office Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). At Seton -Ascension Marcia’s work begin with efforts to decrease the nursing turnover and to increase pay and working conditions. Recognizing that nurses made up a third of the workforce and that hospital care is really nursing care, Marcia quickly became the nursing staff’s  greatest advocate. The nursing staff rewarded and recognized her for her work on their behalf by making Marcia an honorary nurse and  awarded her a much coveted Nursing Pin (a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others and a nursing tradition). 

After her career in health care, Marcia "retired"  and founded her consulting firm, HR Directions, where Marcia continues to her serve the Community. In addition, Marcia’s nonprofit board service  includes United Way of Capital Area, LifeWorks, Communities in Schools, Seton Cove, Seton Health Plan, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Leadership Austin.

At Nonprofit Austin @ ACC, we are honored that Marcia volunteers as a member of our Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management faculty where she guides students through the important topic of Managing & Leading People Through Change. Patricia Hayes (former President of St. Edward’s University and former COO of Seton), one of Marcia’s mentors, should be proud of the way Marcia has modeled her with her ability to give 100 percent of her attention and focus to anyone she meets and in the genuine way in which she treats everyone exactly the same and with the same level of respect and care.

I am personally grateful that I have the privilege of calling Marcia my friend and trusted colleague. I count myself among the many female leaders who have benefited from Marcia’s mentorship where she generously shares the lessons learned from her hard fought battles for equality and I continue to benefit from her strategic mindset and wealth of wisdom. Thank you, Marcia Silverberg, for encouraging us all to take more risks.
Warmly, Kate Tolliver, Manager, Nonprofit Austin @ ACC
Our director, Barry Silverberg, was recently was a guest on Marc Miller’s Career Pivot podcast speaking about the encore career transition from for-profit to the nonprofit arena. We thought others might find the thoughts and information he shared helpful. Take a listen!
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