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Greenlights and OneStar Foundation

September, 2010

Greenlights for NonProfit Success
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  • The Texas Nonprofit Summit is nearly sold out!
    No more procrastinating! If you haven't registered yet, this may be your last chance. Only 20 registrations are left. Register now!

    All the session descriptions and presenter bios are now posted. Take a look to determine which sessions you'll want to attend. And, thanks to Dynamic Bodyworks, free chair massages will be available for all Summit attendees on 9/23 from 1-5 pm!

    No room in your budget to register for the Summit? Here's your chance to win a free registration!

    You can also hear Ann Starr talking about Greenlights' work and the Summit on Global Humanitarian Discussions Radio Show.

  • Greenlights Community Input Survey
    We want to hear from you! We're preparing our next strategic plan and need your input on how we can best fulfill our role here in Central Texas over the next few years.

    Please take five minutes to complete this survey. Thanks!

  • Capacity-building Grant Opportunity
    Looking for someone to facilitate your strategic planning process? Need help developing a clear fundraising strategy? Want to maximize the effectiveness of your board?

    This year, Greenlights' 501 Council will select three Central Texas nonprofit organizations to receive grants valued at $2,000 or more that can be applied towards our customized consulting services.

    Join us for an informational event on September 8 to hear about our 501 Council grants and get tips on the application process.
From Our Blog: Mission Driven
Art, Science, Shakespeare and Planning
Posted on August 31, 2010 by Tara Kirkland
I recently spent four days in the August heat performing Shakespeare again for the 40th Anniversary of the Shakespeare at Winedale program of UT Austin.  If I had known how hot I'd be in the beard and fat suit, I might not have agreed to play Falstaff!  MORE>>

Live Auction Raises $4,500 at Family Reunion
Posted on August 26, 2010 by Haila Yates
Every year, my husband's family gets together for a rather large, super fun and incredibly well-organized family reunion. The reunion committee (yes, it's that organized) rents out a location, and the entertainment, meal prep and clean-up responsibilities are all divvied up. We typically have more than 100 people turn out for the weekend event, which always kicks off with an ice cream crank-off -- yum! How do we pay for it? With a live auction!  MORE>>

Promises, Pet Peeves and some Valuable Awards

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Amy Silvey
With four weeks under my belt as Development Director at Greenlights, I am ready to dive right in to the Greenlights blogosphere. During the interview process they asked, "What type of blog posts could we expect from you?" I think I responded, "Fun and humorous ones." That seems like a lot to live up to now. But what I can promise you as a blogger with a development perspective is that I will never use the phrases "put the 'fun' back in fundraising" or "show me the money."  MORE>>

Even Leaders Lie
Posted on August 23, 2010 by Lee Thomson, Member of Greenlights' Interim Executive Director Pool
Recently, I began working on a project with a new friend.  In our first planning session I made a suggestion, then asked for her opinion, adding something like, "I hope you'll give me your honest feedback. It will help us move forward and I won't be offended when you disagree with me." Her response was unexpected and thought-provoking: "I will always tell you the truth. I decided several years ago that, to the best of my ability, I will not lie."  MORE>>
Upcoming Workshops
Beyond the Basics of Excel - 9/2/2010
This course will save you time and headache by teaching you tips and techniques to get the most out of Excel. Learn to format several worksheets simultaneously, create and automate reports, set up formulas, and use techniques for ensuring accuracy and finding errors. Tina Arnold, President at Full Circle Development, will help you maximize your work time and put the true power of Excel to work for you.

Board Essentials - 9/7/2010
Discover the fundamental principles and best practices that every nonprofit board member should know. Learn about roles and responsibilities, financial management, fundraising, planning, and how to work with staff and colleagues.

Lunch & Learn: Dashboards - A Quick Read - 9/8/2010
Need a better way to handle internal reporting to executive leadership and/or your Board? Grab a lunch and join us! Explore the purposes of dashboards, key features and best practices for structuring content and metrics. Learn the pros and cons of different types of dashboards, from off-the-shelf dashboard software to do-it-yourself custom reports. We'll discuss real-life examples, and you'll leave fully prepared to track your progress and communicate results clearly and professionally.

ED Essentials: Intensive Training for Nonprofit Executives -

Join us for this popular, intensive three-day program for emerging Executive Directors. Get in-depth, interactive training on leadership, management, working with the board, fundraising, planning, policies, legal issues, financial management, human resources, and change management. You'll become part of an intimate group of leaders as you work to strengthen your skills and address various organizational issues through problem-solving exercises, role-play, presentation and discussion. Walk away with lots of practical materials, real-life advice, a cohort of peers and countless strategies to help you and your organization succeed!

Board Essentials - 10/26/2010
Discover the fundamental principles and best practices that every nonprofit board member should know. Learn about roles and responsibilities, financial management, fundraising, planning, and how to work with staff and colleagues.
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