What is Texas Connector?

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Request for Qualifications and Proposals for Texas Connector Development and Support Services

We are seeking a qualified web development firm to support and enhance Texas Connector (https://www.texasconnects.org) and related applications.

Texas Connector displays nonprofit information from a variety of state and national databases and overlays it with requested demographic and socioeconomic data derived from a variety of governmental and other sources. Users can:

  • Identify community needs, resources and nonprofit services to address gaps in service.

  • Analyze the nonprofit infrastructure in general or in relation to particular needs or social indicators.
  • Create customized statistical reports for user-identified regions of interest.
  • Save and share custom searches, maps, identified providers and demographic reports.

For Technical Specifications and Additional Qualifications, please read:

OneStar Texas Connector RFP

Texas Connector Technical Specs

Response Deadline and Format

Agencies are requested, but not required, to provide notice of your intent to submit a proposal by Monday, July 11th, 2016 to texasconnects@onestarfoundation.org.  Full Proposals must be emailed in PDF format to texasconnects@onestarfoundation.org and received by Monday, July 18th, 2016.    If you have any questions, please call 512.287.2036 or email texasconnects@onestarfoundation.org. Following OneStar Foundation’s technical review of proposals, respondents may be invited to an in-person interview in Austin, Texas.  If possible, the individuals who will be the day-to-day contacts should do part or all of the presentation.  In addition, OneStar staff may visit respondents at your offices to help us better understand your technical capabilities.

Take a quick virtual tour of the Texas Connector and learn how to use the basic features of the tool.

Watch it here.



What is Texas Connector?

OneStar Foundation’s Texas Connector is an online, nonprofit mapping tool that empowers communities, governments, funders and nonprofits to more effectively meet Texas’ growing needs. Texas Connector combines an interactive GIS map, searchable database including: social service providers and nonprofits from Texas 2-1-1 and GuideStar, USA, socioeconomic and demographic data and population summaries and visual layers such as public schools, public transit and more. Texas Connector also offers a unique platform on which initiative-specific data, such as health or criminal justice data, can be overlaid to create information-rich maps and reports. Users can print, email, or export search results to identify gaps in service, collaborative partners or complementary services. From researching community resources to analyzing local continua of care, Texas Connector’s powerful combination of nonprofit and demographic data gives users insight to better understand regional issues and resources and more effectively tackle community challenges.AC_Vista_Site

For any questions related to Texas Connector, go to www.texasconnects.org, email texasconnects@onestarfoundation.org or call 512-287-2019.  

Texas Connector is part of OneStar's VISTA intermediary project with a VISTA member working on building the capacity of Texas Connector by improving user access and experience, identifying and expanding sustainable funding and building long-term partnerships with key networks across the state to expand the reach and impact of Texas Connector.  

A revolutionary tool built for all stakeholders

Nonprofit Community:  Create a detailed map showing other service providers in your service area for presentation to your board or inclusion in your grant application.

Local and state Government Leaders:  Generate a demographic report of your region of interest in a minute or less.

Grantmakers:  Visually display your grantees by legislative district.

Researchers:  A single query button allows you to create custom demographic or organization reports.



What does it cost to subscribe to Texas Connector?

Subscription costs are based on the following:

  • Organization type (i.e. nonprofit service provider, faith-based entity, for-profit, foundation, etc.)
  • Organization size
  • Single or multiple users

Texas Connector 2015 Annual Subscription Costs   

Subscription Type Single User Multiple User
1 1 to 10
Small Nonprofit Service Provider/Community of Faith <$500,001 $100 $60 each
Medium Nonprofit Service Provider/Community of Faith >$500,000 <$1,000,001  $200 $120 each
Large Nonprofit Service Provider/Community of Faith  >$1MM <$5,000,001   $300 $180 each
Nonprofit Service Provider/Community of Faith > $5MM, Nonprofit Foundations, Research/Post-Secondary Education, Chambers of Commerce $500 $300 each 
City/County/State Government/K-12 Public Education/Texas State Legislative Offices $250 $150 each
Self Employed Consultants to Nonprofits: No more than 3 staff; annual budget less than $150,000 $100 $60 each
All other For-profits  Contact OneStar Foundation
An Open Access subscription is designed for use in libraries or other public places that offer open access to resource materials.   Contact OneStar Foundation
Enterprise License with Unlimited Users Contact OneStar Foundation


The Data

Texas Connector displays nonprofit and service provider information derived from both the 2-1-1 Texas and GuideStar USA Texas datasets. For 2013, quarterly updates to these datasets are scheduled, and will be published in Texas Connector as the data is made available by 2-1-1 and GuideStar.

Organizational information displayed in Texas Connector can also be updated by users who affiliate themselves with a nonprofit organization, foundation, or faith-based entity. Users who are affiliated with eligible organizations (i.e. nonprofit organizations, foundations or faith-based entities) not currently mapped in the Connector can also add their organization to the map. 

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Click here to learn more about 2-1-1 Texas.


Click here to learn more about GuideStar USA.

Texas Connector also contains a variety of demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from governmental and other sources displayed in clickable map overlays and an extensive underlying database of statistical data from which customized reports can be generated.

Project Partners

We would like to express our appreciation to our partners, without whom Texas Connector would still be just a great idea!

Technical Genius – North Central Texas Council of Governments



Houston Endowment

Corporation for National and Community Service

Texas Workforce Commission

Meadows Foundation

Rockwell Fund

McNair Foundation



The Simmons Foundation

Investment Subscribers

Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Charter Subscriptions


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