OneStar eNews: April 2010
National Volunteer Week is Next Week!
April 18-24, 2010, will be National Volunteer Week—a week dedicated to celebrating volunteers and to recognizing the importance of service. Did you know that nearly 62 million Americans volunteered between September 2007 and September 2008? And here in Texas, 4.1 million Texans volunteered from September 2007 to September 2008. In fact, approximately 23% of all Texans gave about 556.6 million hours of their time toward helping others and strengthening their communities. Volunteers are an essential part of the nonprofit sector, and National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to thank them for their service—and to let others know how much of an impact they can make by giving their time.
If your organization is planning a National Volunteer Week event, check out HandsOn Network’s downloadable toolkit, flyer and logos on their National Volunteer Week Web page.
After your event, you can share your pictures and recap your event on our Facebook page.
Happy National Volunteer Week 2010 to everyone!
Task Force Hearings for Faith-Based and Community Organizational Leaders
The Task Force for Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity will facilitate public hearings throughout Texas to gather recommendations on strengthening the capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) providing services to Texans in need. The hearings will address what is working well for FBCOs, what challenges exist for them and what suggestions they have to improve their abilities to service the citizens of Texas. The next hearing will be held as follows:
Austin Public Hearing
Monday, April 19, 2010
10 a.m. – noon
The University of Texas at Austin, Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.102, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin
More information on the purpose of the hearings and the topics of interest can be found here.
For information on submitting written testimony, the submission deadlines and other public hearing questions, contact Anna McElearney at email@example.com or (512) 287-2026.
Deadline is Next Week for Emerging Leaders Program
The deadline for the Emerging Leaders Program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is Monday, April 19, 2010. Don’t miss this incredible, once-a-year professional development opportunity!
To learn more about the Emerging Leaders program or to apply, visit the Bush School’s Emerging Leaders Web page. A limited number of substantial OneStar scholarships are still available.
Want to learn about the 2009 Emerging Leaders’ experiences? Read more about it in this May 29, 2009, article from OneStar’s Web site.
How Will You Celebrate AmeriCorps and “Get Things Done?”
AmeriCorps Week is May 8-15, 2010. This week is an opportunity to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their social impact, thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible and bring more Americans into national service.
We invite you to join us in promoting AmeriCorps during this special week. How will you get involved in the celebration? One way to start is by checking out the Ideas and Resources Web page at AmeriCorpsWeek.org for ideas and strategies.
Also, be sure to watch OneStar’s Web site and blog during AmeriCorps Week. We have some special announcements about our own AmeriCorps Week promotion project: a brand-new AmeriCorps*Texas recruitment campaign!
Social Innovation and bigBANG!
There is a different way to create a positive impact in our communities. Around the world, people are trying new strategies and technologies to tackle some of our toughest challenges. Texas is no exception. On June 10th, 2010, bigBANG! will convene a community of investors, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and others who want to help catalyze positive impact. The day will feature a variety of interactive experiences that will provide attendees with access to like-minded leaders, cutting-edge tools and innovative ideas that will advance mission-based work and socially minded businesses.
bigBANG! will also mark the culmination of the Texas Social Innovation (TSI) Initiative. This event will give the Innovators from the TSI Initiative the opportunity to present their programs’ proven track record, sustainable business model and vision for growth to interested investors.
Hosted by Dallas Social Venture Partners and sponsored by the Dallas Foundation and OneStar Foundation, bigBANG! will be an incredible chance for the Innovators to take their programs to the next level. For updates on bigBANG!, watch OneStar’s Web site or visit the bigBANG! Web site.
Registration to attend bigBANG! is available here. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the event, visit the bigBANG! Sponsorship Opportunities Web page for more information.
Chart Your Organization’s Course With CCAT
It’s not too late for your organization to take advantage of a great, comprehensive capacity-building opportunity: the Organizational Assessment Program utilizing the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT)! Join the growing group of organizations that have utilized the CCAT’s confidential self-assessment to reach new levels of organizational growth.
To find out if your organization is eligible to participate in this program, you can take the eligibility survey here. OneStar will notify you of your eligibility within one week, and can get your organization started with the CCAT shortly after that.
Grantees Announced for Renewing Our Communities Account
OneStar is pleased to announce the 40 recipients of Renewing Our Communities Account (ROCA) nonprofit capacity-building grants.
Through a competitive grant process, OneStar selected 40 small- and medium-sized faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) to receive grants of up to $25,000 each. The grantees will use these funds to focus on capacity-building activities that strengthen their organizational and collaborative partner capacity, contributing to their long-term sustainability and ability to effectively fulfill their missions.
To find out more about these grantees, see the Renewing Our Communities Account Web page. Questions about the grantees can be addressed to Suzanne Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 287-2043.
Social Media Cheat Sheet Available for Download
Is your organization interested in learning about how to use social media for social impact? If so, download our brand-new Social Media Cheat Sheet here! It explains what social media is, describes its benefits and suggests how nonprofits can best utilize it. In addition, it lists several Web sites that can help you get started.
Are you already using social media? If so, we hope you’ll connect with us! You can:
We look forward to connecting with you through social media!
Check our online Events Calendar for a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to your organization.