Interested in expanding your current knowledge and skills as a nonprofit practitioner (volunteer or professional) or exploring entry into the field?
Our Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) will offer you an exceptional learning experience that explores a disciplined view of self, the organizations in which nonprofit professionals operate, and the current overall environment of the Texas Nonprofit Sector.
Our 300 + graduates over the past 14 years, and their advancements in the nonprofit arena, are testimony to the quality and value of our program. Just ask any one of them!
This year's participants will have the opportunity to explore ways to achieve an anti-racist sector and society – in keeping with the principles CNS adopted in June. Almost every session will address the challenge of heightening consciousness about racial inequities and growing social justice.
The incoming Class of 2021 will participate virtually starting with an orientation on September 9th. CNLM is an 8-month program with classes beginning on September 11, 2020, and closing on April 19, 2021. Check out the comprehensive syllabus and class schedule to learn more about individual sessions.
We welcome and encourage People of Color to apply to this transformative program. The application deadline is August 28, 2020, but it's never too early to apply! Early applicants are eligible for a limited number of scholarships. Learn more about the certificate and apply by clicking on the button below!   
Resilience is a subject that is top of mind for many nonprofit leaders today. Our affiliate partner, The Nonprofit Risk Management Center, recently compiled a collection of resilience resources that serve to strengthen the growth and resilience of your organization. 
This season on Civil Society, we are seeking to elevate the stories of people of color in our community through a series of special live and virtual episodes on 'The Black Experience in Austin.'

We hope you'll join us EVERY THURSDAY at 10 AM for these thought-provoking perspectives and discussions AND take a moment to catch-up on the previous conversations from the season that you may have missed.

That's right, the first four episodes of the season are now up on our website for viewing at the time and place of your choosing! Click on the links below to watch episodes you may have missed and make plans to be part of the remaining live conversations of the season.

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 an appreciation of our diverse community.

This series will be followed by a 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:
Pamela Benson Owens
Pamela Benson Owens,
"Black Heritage in Austin"
Khayree Williams
Khayree Williams,
"The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus at Austin Community College"
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette,
"The Role of Historically Black Colleges in Austin"
Tam Hawkins
Tam Hawkins, 
"Black Business in Austin"
Dr. Frowsa Booker-Drew, VP of Community Affairs at State Fair of Texas, is a long-time friend and colleague. She is thoughtful, passionate, and frank about how racism pervades every aspect of our society and retards social progress and social justice. In the following video, she tells her story and challenges community members to become anti-racists. 

Froswa and I recently discussed “White Privilege" on our signature program, Civil Society, which is presently in the middle of a 10 episode virtual series on 'The Black Experience in Austin.' Recording coming soon! 
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