Calendar of Events

Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 11:45 am

Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service is the largest convening of volunteer, national service and civic leaders in the world. Each year, thousands of people who really care about the future of volunteer service convene in one place – to learn from, share with and get inspired by one another – to work together to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of the work they do.

The 2015 Conference will examine how the next generation of change-makers are creating new pathways for direct action and unleashing power to make a difference in the world. Join us as we unite in service to help 21st century volunteers discover and use all of their assets – time, talent, voice and money – to build strong, vibrant communities around the world.


Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm


Embark. It’s the first action of an important journey. The moment when you decide to leave the past behind and venture into an uncharted future. This fall in Miami, join more than 1,000 forward-thinking leaders and professionals who are on a journey to radically improve the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

The Independent Sector national conference isn’t just a unique meeting of bright minds dedicated to the common good. It’s a rare opportunity where the outcomes can be truly transformative for the entire charitable sector. It’s where the best and brightest from nonprofits, foundations, and corporations of every size come together to collaborate, network, and learn about the emerging national and global trends that affect us all. And, it’s an immersive cultural experience, where the art blends with ideas and action to spark innovation and create a vision for a better future.






From the CEOs of the largest foundations, to staff of all sizes of nonprofits, to the emerging leaders of tomorrow, the conference is all inclusive. Dozens of sessions featuring more than 100 thought leaders will inspire new ideas, explore ways to achieve greater impact, and create opportunities for new collaborations that improve the lives of the people we serve. This year’s sessions are guided by six key trends shaping our sector:

  • Disruption from inequality and environmental degradation
  • Greater ethnic diversity and new generations of leadership
  • Technology transforming learning, gathering, and associations
  • Swarms of individuals connecting with institutions
  • Business becoming increasingly engaged in social and

    environmental issues
  • New models for social welfare and social change
















Certificate in Volunteer Management
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm

Certificate in Volunteer Management course at Austin Community College on Sept 30/Oct 1 and Oct 28/29, 2015.  





Travis County Hosting 2015 Reentry Vision Summit in Austin Texas
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm

The Sheriff’s Office in Travis County is hosting a 2015 Reentry Vision Summit in Austin Texas on November 4-5,2015 They are accepting workshop proposals until August 31, 2015. www.tcsheriff.org

For more information click here.




Collaboration Conference
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day

Held in partnership with Philanthropy Southwest
November 16 – 17, 2015
Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, Texas

About the Conference

Collaboration allows grantmakers to leverage the expertise and resources of multiple players toward more meaningful impact on systemic problems. It can take many forms, requires time and frequently involves working in ways that run counter to how philanthropy traditionally operates. The Collaboration Conference is designed for grantmakers who have experience with some form of collaboration and are looking for ways to improve their approach to be more productive partners and provide better support for nonprofit collaboration.

Registration Details



  GEO Members Philanthropy Southwest Members Nonmembers
Priority Registration
7/22 – 8/11, 2015
Early Bird Registration
8/12 – 8/18, 2015
$700 $900    $1,000
Regular Registration 
 8/19 – 11/2, 2015 *
$750 $950 $1,050
Late Registration
11/3 – 11/16, 2015 *
$800 $1,000 $1,100
 *pending space availability
Register here.
ETCN Nonprofit Management – Strategic Planning
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm


9:00 a.m.      "What Do You Know?"

9:30 a.m.      "To Plan Or Not To Plan" with Gina Anderson, ETCN

                         *Strategic Planning Failures

                         *Strategic Planning Alternatives

                         *Strategic Planning Defense

11:00 a.m.     "What's The Board Got To Do With It?" with Orenthia Mason

                          *A Board Member's Prospective of Strategic Planning

12:00 p.m.      Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.       "Strategic Planning – Progress without Pain" 

 with Brian Brandt, Core Insights

*When are you ready for planning?

*What span of time should you consider?

*What are the key elements?

*Who should be involved?

3:00 p.m.      "Strategic Adventure" with Gina Anderson, ETCN

4:00 p.m.      Evaluations

ETCN Nonprofit Management – AFP Fundraising Forum
Mar 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

9:00 a.m.      "Board Development: Impact on Fundraising" with Dawn Franks

  • ED responsibilities on the fundraising highway
  • Four qualities of a Great Board Member
  • What board members need on a busy fundraising highway
  • Tips for directing traffic

10:15 a.m.      "Fearless Future: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits" with Marilyn Abegg

  • A clear understanding of the process
  • Who to engage
  • How to go about establishing a strategic plan
  • Walk away excited to plan a fearless future!

11:30 a.m.      Lunch w/ AFP & Dr. Douglas M. Lawson

"Philanthropic Trends in Today's Economic Climate"

1:00 p.m.      "Annual Fund: The Cornerstone of Successful Fundraising"  with Peggy Berry

  • Why? This is the most important question for a nonprofit. Why are you doing what you are doing?
  • How? How do you implement an annual fund and what are its critical components.
  • What? What do you do internally and externally to ensure a successful annual fund.

2:15 p.m.      "Winning With Major Gifts" with Larry Wickham 

  • Review the components of an Integrated Development Program and the importance of Major Gifts to your organization
  • Discuss the Pyramid of Giving, Characteristics of Major Gift Prospects, why people give, and how to identify and prioritize Major Gift Prospects.
  • We will explore the importance of Strategic Planning and developing a case for support for your organization and a list of fundraising priorities.
  • Explore the Cultivation Cycle and help participants understand the process of Discover, Cultivation, Pre Solicitation, Solicitation and Stewardship.
  • We will conclude with a discussion of how and what donors may give, and the importance of Gift Acceptance Policies.

3:30 p.m.      The Art and Science of Donor Stewardship with Nancy Lamar

  • Crafting a realistic stewardship plan
  • Creating a thank you process that brings in more money
  • Using stories to spice up your stewardship activities

4:30 p.m.      Evaluations

Volunteer Management Conference – Be the Leader You’d Want to Follow
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

We want to make your life as a volunteer manager a lot easier!

Kick frustration and worn-out strategies to the curb, as our team of experts share new and exciting ideas about volunteer management. Heart of Texas RSVP is proud to invite you to a full day of valuable teaching and encouragement. Learn how to lead more effectively, excite your volunteers and impact your community!

  • Limited Seating. Please register by phone or mail.
  • A printable registration form is attached to this email.
  • Casual attire welcome. Please bring a light sweater.
  • .8 CEUs / 8 Contact Hours (Includes .2 CEUs  Ethics)
  • Call 254-299-8888 to register now!



Event Schedule


7:30-8 a.m.        Registration



8-9 a.m.            When You Want to Choke Them: Difficult Volunteers

Joe Arrington, Division Director, Human Services and Education, McLennan Community College

When working with unpaid staff volunteer managers must use sound supervisory techniques to direct people in a positive direction. Ethical managers know that not all volunteers follow the positive path. In this session, participants will learn methods to ease tensions, tap into strengths and re-direct unpleasant situations to meet the moral and principle needs of their organizations.



9-9:30 a.m.        When They’ve Got to Go, They’ve Got to Go

Susan Copeland, Program Director, Heart of Texas RSVP Senior Corps

When all else fails or there is a direct violation, sometimes you must terminate a volunteer. In this session, participants will learn techniques to gracefully end the relationship without unpleasantness. No one likes termination situations, but there are ways to protect the ethical integrity of your organization, the volunteer and yourself. Learn ways to turn these difficult circumstances into positive outcomes for all involved.



9:30-10:45 a.m.  All Hands on Deck! Retaining the Force

Bill Moyer, Volunteer Manager, Author, Co-Founder of SOS Leadership Institute

In this workshop, you’ll learn sound methods for keeping volunteers happy and more importantly, fulfilled. Good orientations, training and supportive management are just some of the techniques you can use to increase their enthusiasm, grow their loyalty and create an environment that makes your volunteers want to stay in place.



10:45-11 a.m.    Break with refreshments.



11 a.m.-Noon     Lighting the Fire in Your Community

Bruce Gietzson, Anchor, KXXV-TV Channel 25 

This popular news anchor is known for his outstanding reporting and his winning community projects and events. Bruce will share with you his methods for motivating people to participate in all kinds of fun and engaging opportunities that improve our region. He’ll also discuss how to interact with the media to meet your goals and share your stories.



Noon–1 p.m.   Lunch on your own.



1-1:30 p.m.        Give Me a Break! Volunteers and the IRS + Reporting and Leveraging Funds

Harry Harelik, Executive Director, McLennan Community College Foundation

Dealing with the IRS doesn’t have to be a taxing experience. In fact, one of the most overlooked tax breaks is volunteer service. Help your unpaid staff understand how they can use their service time and expenses for personal IRS deductions. Also, learn how documenting your volunteer’s time can help you leverage matching in-kind funds and report the valuable impact of your program.



1:30-2 p.m.        If Stress Burns Calories, Why am I Not a Supermodel?

Joyce Sims, Coordinator, Community Health and Human Services, McLennan Community College 

Sometimes, leading volunteers is like herding cats on a beach. It can be challenging! For a volunteer manager, stress can be a game changer. Cranky, unraveled nerves may cause additional difficulties for leaders, and even affect their volunteers’ outlook and performance. Relax with us and learn simple interactive methods for dealing with the pressures of leadership and event planning. As they say, “If the boss ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”



2-3 p.m.            Enlisting the Internet: Tell Your Story and Recruit Through Social Media

Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, Graduate Studies Director, Director of American Studies, Baylor University 

Appealing to today’s younger volunteers almost always requires the use of Facebook, Twitter and similar apps. No organization can afford to neglect these valuable social media resources that now provide quick and inexpensive ways to share your organization’s mission, needs and event news. In this session, you will learn eye-catching, engaging ways to reach your audience and spread information effectively.



3-3:15 p.m.        Break with refreshments.



3:15-4 p.m.        Find the Right Volunteers Without a Wild Goose Chase

Ted Robles, Associate Professor, McLennan Community College 

Recruitment is more than simply putting a small ad in a church bulletin. Sometimes, you have to think outside the box when matching personalities or skills to the right job. This speaker has 20+ years of experience in managing volunteers for difficult assignments. Learn his tried-and-true approach to locating the right volunteers for your program.



4-5 p.m.            Applauding Your Heroes: Volunteer Recognition

Emily Dresson, FGP Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service

Recognition is so much more than a banquet or certificate. Volunteers thrive on being told they have done a great job. Participants will leave this workshop with many ideas and resources to help them thank their valued volunteers. Learn about fun, inexpensive and exciting options to express your gratitude. Tight budgets should never stop you from celebrating your volunteers and their service!



5 p.m.               Ready For Action! Evaluations and Certificates



We’re excited to share this experience with you! If you have a question, please call us at 254-299-8888. We look forward to growing in the community and moving ahead in our work with fresh perspectives.


Capacity Building Program Application Deadline
Apr 1 all-day

The Capacity Building Program is open to State of Texas nonprofit or 501c nonprofit arts organizations located in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction, as well as individual artists. Funds may be used to support organizational infrastructure in areas including, but not limited to, management, governance, financial resources, and administrative systems.


Applications must be submitted online by April 1, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. This cycle will fund activities taking place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.


Need some guidance?  Visit with staff during Open Office Hours on March 22, 9 am-noon.

UTRGV – Healthy Communities: Mental Health, Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention
May 13 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm


The goal of the conference is to engage our professional healthcare providers, indigenous healers, community health workers and community residents in a dialogue to exchange ideas, explore approaches, and enhance their knowledge about the importance of the delivery of prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework. It will also include efforts being made by the UTRGV School of Medicine to create awareness about the substance use and HIV/AIDS problems affecting our community and the prevention efforts that are being made to educate young adults both on campus and the community. The conference also wants to address the issue of stigma often associated with seeking treatment for mental health and HIV/AIDS.


Objectives (operationalized to comply with CEU/CNE/CMEs requirements)

Participants will:

  • Identify the need for addressing the treatment and care needs of special populations such as children, adolescents, young adults and the elderly with mental health, addictions and HIV/AIDS.
  • Learn about applying models of integrated care approaches that effectively address prevention as well as behavioral and medical needs of underserved populations, especially those afflicted with co-morbid mental health disorders, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify areas for the inclusion of community health workers (promotoras) in the interdisciplinary prevention and treatment teams.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the significance of engaging indigenous health/behavioral care providers in the implementation of culturally congruent prevention and treatment services to underserved populations;
  • Learn about the importance of the assessment and inclusion of the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the patient in the provision of treatment services. • Identify opportunities for self-care that minimize burnout and prevent compassionate fatigue.


The South Coastal Area Health Education Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The South Coastal Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA, PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. South Coastal Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour ethic/physician responsibility credit, as required for physician by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.



Early Bird registration (online) till March 31, 2016: $120/Person (Professional rate)

Late Registration (online) from April 1st – May 11, 2016: $150/Person (Professional Rate)

Onsite Registration on March 13th: $200/Person (Professional Rate)

UTRGV Student Registration (online) April 01 – May 11, 2016.: $50/Person

*Please note online registration will not be available on May 12, 2016


To register, please visit: utrgv.edu/ce


To cancel your registration, you must submit a written request no later than May 10, 2016 to receive a full refund.