• First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Awards, and Governor Greg Abbott hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansion honoring the winners of the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Awards on October 10th. In their 33rd year, the awards honor the extraordinary service of individuals and organizations in Texas that have made a difference through service and volunteering. Go to https://flic.kr/s/aHskF8m5pe to view the photos from the award ceremony.

    Presenting Sponsor: AT&T

    Heart of Texas Sponsor: Phillips 66

    Friends of Service: CenterPoint Energy, The Burt Group, LCRA

  • OneStar Foundation is now accepting application for host sites for its statewide AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project. AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects focus on building permanent organizational capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

  • Texas Connector is an online, nonprofit mapping tool that helps communities, governments, funders and nonprofits 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 visual layers such as public schools and public transit. Users can print, email, or export results and identify gaps in service, collaborative partners or complementary services. This powerful combination gives users insight to better understand regional issues and resources to more effectively tackle community challenges.

  • OneStar Foundation, with generous support from The Meadows Foundation, is pleased to announce the debut of the Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas (NMAT, the Alliance). The purpose of NMAT is to create, strengthen and enhance capacity building work; promote increased access to nonprofit leadership and professional development, management and governance services; and advance the impact of the nonprofit sector. NMAT membership is open to nonprofits (including divisions within academic institutions) whose primary mission or program focus is to strengthen the ability of nonprofits to achieve their mission.

  • AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that gives people the chance to serve in locations across the country. OneStar Foundation administers the AmeriCorps grant program for the State of Texas, which pairs AmeriCorps members with nonprofits, public agencies and faith-based and community organizations to tackle social challenges. AmeriCorps Texas gives individuals the opportunity to strengthen Texas communities while being part of a national service movement. Both part- and full-time positions are available.

  • Our online VolunteerTX portal supports volunteerism across Texas by providing resources for volunteers and local communities during times of disaster.


OneStar connects faith-based and community organizations, businesses, government and foundations to resources and information about the nonprofit sector. The Texas Connector geo-mapping tool is a great example of our work to strengthen the nonprofit infrastructure through linking community needs with nonprofit solutions.


OneStar promotes the nonprofit sector and innovative public-private partnerships to drive community solutions. We believe that a strong nonprofit sector depends upon effective civic engagement. For example, OneStar chairs the Inter-Agency Coordinating Group (ICG), a legislatively mandated group consisting of 25 state agencies charged with making it easier for faith-based and community organizations to work with state agencies to better serve Texans.


OneStar convenes statewide nonprofit networks, developing a coordinated approach to building the strongest, most impactful nonprofit sector. For example, we convene the Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas (NMAT) promoting high quality affordable management and governance strengthening services to Texas Nonprofits.