• If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey, please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster page for organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations. Please be patient and do not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders. Please wait until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and needs. A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. Please click the link provided below for more information.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation will be collaborating with the OneStar Foundation to form a relief fund for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey called the Rebuild Texas Fund. To support all of the Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is leading the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund. Michael and Susan Dell have committed $36 million to the fund. The Rebuild Texas Fund is about people helping people in our time of greatest need, and also about addressing the long-term effort ahead of us. Rebuilding our communities across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey will take all of us working together for years to come. We invite all of you to join us with your resources and your expertise. We’re in this together.

VolunteerTX supports volunteerism across Texas by connecting concerned citizens with volunteer opportunities in our local communities during times of disaster. VolunteerTX works with the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other trusted local agencies to see if they have available volunteer opportunities in your area. Signing up with experienced relief organizations allows for greater coordination and helps to minimize the chaos inherent in disaster response work. While you may encounter required registration and background check requirements that delay immediate activation, these processes are in place to ensure the safety of those being served, and going through official channels makes you a much more reliable and valuable volunteer in the long run.

Connect.

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.

Promote.

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.

Convene.

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.