Apply to the Task Force for Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is currently accepting applications for the Task Force for Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity through Wednesday, December 30, 2009. The Task Force was established by House Bill 492, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry. The purpose of the Task Force is to issue a report and make recommendations for strengthening the capacity of faith-based and community organizations providing services to Texans in need. The Task Force will work with HHSC and OneStar Foundation to conduct public hearings throughout Texas. Representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, foundations and other individuals who have expertise in nonprofit capacity building and faith-based and community organizations are encouraged to apply.
For the Task Force membership application and more information on participation requirements, visit the HHSC Task Force Web page.
OneStar’s recent update on HB 492 implementation can be found here.
The full text of HB 492 is available in PDF form here.
New Cohort of Impact Texas Initiative
Due to overwhelming interest in the Impact Texas Initiative, we have decided to open a second round of this program. Applications are due on Monday, January 4, 2010, by 5 p.m. CST.
The Impact Texas Initiative is a highly interactive series of learning opportunities for nonprofit leaders. If you are interested in strengthening your abilities to understand and address complex challenges in your community, then the Impact Texas Initiative is for you! Selected grantees receive over $5,000 in cash and services to support their executive leadership development.
For more information, download the Impact Texas Initiative Application Overview and Guide from our Impact Texas Initiative Web page.
Deadline for Partnering with OneStar
Have you wondered how you can partner with OneStar to provide capacity-building services to nonprofits? In the past, OneStar has engaged capacity-building entities through individual Request for Applications (RFAs) or bid solicitations. OneStar has released a new RFA representing a fundamentally different approach. OneStar intends to create a roster of capacity-building entities that are available, qualified and willing to support the OneStar mission as opportunities arise. In addition, OneStar may occasionally seek specialized providers to support our AmeriCorps program. The deadline for this RFA is Thursday, January 7, 2010.
To read more about this opportunity and to access the application, visit OneStar’s Contracts Web page.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Give Feedback on the Texas Connector
The Texas Connector, a pilot geo-mapping tool, was created in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to address an identified need for a statewide system that provides a snapshot of our social service resources. The initial prototype displays Dallas/Fort Worth-area nonprofit information in a geo-coded database, including name, location, type of organization, and service area. Features of the tool include:
- The ability to search for nonprofits within a geographic area,
- Analysis of nonprofit infrastructure in general or in relation to particular needs or social indicators and
- Customized statistical reports for their region of interest.
Simply visit TexasConnects.org to explore the Connector. Once you have tested out the Connector, we encourage you to share your thoughts and suggestions on this prototype with us. Click on the link labeled “Take Survey” in the upper right-hand corner to provide feedback to OneStar. The survey takes approximately two minutes to complete.
As a key stakeholder in the Texas social sector, your input is essential to our success on this project. The goal of this survey is to collect data to evaluate the Connector’s effectiveness, functionality and public interest by the end of 2009. If you respond by or before December 31, 2009, your input can help us to refine the tool and gauge long-term feasibility in the project and its statewide expansion.
For questions about the Connector, contact Erin Brackney, Manager of Research, Evaluation and Learning, at email@example.com.
In addition, Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference keynote speaker Robert Egger viewed the Connector last week. You can read his thoughts on this tool and watch a video of him learning about it on his blog.
Request for Proposals: Renewing Our Communities Account
During the first week of January 2010, OneStar will announce the first of two requests for proposals (RFPs) through the Renewing Our Communities Account. Funded through House Bill 492, these RFPs are intended to encourage partnerships, reduce barriers and foster better communication among faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs), local governments and partners in the nonprofit sector.
An additional RFP targeting local governments and FBCOs will be posted on our Web site in early February 2010.
New Year, New Goals: Make CCAT Your Resolution This Year!
Resolve to give your organization a great gift this year—the gift of investing in your organizational strength. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your organization is eligible for OneStar’s Organizational Assessment Program utilizing the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) and individualized coaching, valued at over $600 per organization.
For general information about the CCAT, visit the TCC Group Web site.
Texas Social Innovation Initiative Recipients
Texas has been one of three states leading the country in discussions of social innovation. Here at OneStar, we have been identifying strategic ways that we can invest in our sector through social innovation. One of our newest, most groundbreaking investments is the Texas Social Innovation Initiative. A partnership between OneStar Foundation, Root Cause and Dallas Social Venture Partners, the Texas Social Innovation Initiative is investing in seven innovative nonprofit organizations through over $25,000 in cash and services to support their growth and scaled impact. To view a new media discussion about this project featuring leaders from OneStar, Root Cause and Dallas Social Venture Partners, visit OneStar’s blog.
OneStar is proud to announce that the following organizations are recipients of the Texas Social Innovation Initiative:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas provides one-on-one mentoring to children. They have developed strong and innovative partnerships with government as well as faith-based organizations. They also recognize the importance of outcome measures, utilizing randomized controlled trials funded by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Their methods are so successful that they recently received national recovery funds to do consulting and help replicate their model across the country.
- Central Dallas Ministries collaborates to achieve more success in every one of their 16 programs, including a groundbreaking collaboration with PepsiCo to expand their food distribution exponentially. They are also renowned for their ability to engage those they serve in volunteering at their organization. As the largest multi-service provider in the Dallas area, they see the people they serve not as "clients," but as neighbors with immense social and human capital.
- Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations has developed an outstanding partnership with their school district by understanding the social and cultural barriers to parental involvement in their community. By using program graduates as their teachers, they have built up strong community involvement in schools while maintaining a high level of trust from the people they serve. They have clear data that points to both changes in parents’ behavior and improvement in children’s grades. In addition, their light and scalable model can easily be shared with others.
- The H.I.S. BridgeBuilders Education and Employment Training program gives cutting-edge employment training, free health care and more to the people it serves. The program's mentor component pairs students with mentors, often giving students their first experience with someone believing in them and investing in their lives. The program maintains strong partnerships with the local community college and the Dallas Housing Authority. In addition, the program serves as a temporary agency and placement service, hiring its graduates on a temp-to-hire basis or for long-term contract work while helping them find permanent employment.
- Rainbow Days' program Family Connection is deeply committed to learning from their data and continuing to improve. They utilize randomized controlled trials and are in the national registry for evidence-based programs. By working with 22 different organizations, they provide a centralized menu of services with a decentralized delivery system. Their curriculum for their transient population includes ongoing, onsite behavioral health services, and is able to impact children who come to only one session as well as those in sessions for years. Their program can also be replicated anywhere.
- The Shared Housing Center serves thousands of people a year through housing and follow-up support on a very limited budget. Their Building Blocks for Success initiative was created to evaluate their program and measure its success. Using strong partnerships for their mental health and childcare initiatives, including a mental health component on-site delivered by Parkland Hospital HOMES, they help their families focus on root causes for becoming homeless, enabling them to break destructive patterns. They have a very strong ability to keep track of their program's participants over time, and they have integral volunteer involvement.
- Vision Regeneration, Inc. seeks maximum impact by viewing their work as a movement rather than merely serving a limited group of children. They created the nation's first Youth Promise Council, based on the federal Youth Promise Act. They also contract with Dallas County Juvenile Department for rehabilitation and intervention with adjudicated youth. Recognizing and leveraging the powerful role of cultural influences in the lives of youth, they also broadcast a TV show and have launched social networks that focus on ending youth violence.
Congratulations to all seven recipients of the first Texas Social Innovation Initiative. We at OneStar look very forward to working with them, and to watching how this opportunity enhances their programs over the next several months.
MLK Jr. Day of Service is Coming
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is only a few short weeks away. How will your organization spend this national day of service?
If you haven’t planned a project yet, it’s not too late. The following Web sites may help you create your own service project, or join other organizations for greater impact:
- MLKDay.gov lets users create service projects and post volunteer opportunities.
- MLKMobilization.org is an online one-stop shop for service project registration, idea sharing, mobilization resources and a comprehensive toolkit.
- Serve.gov hosts a list of Web sites where users can post and locate volunteer opportunities.
Two More Texas Cities Join Cities of Service
Did you know that two Texas cities recently joined Cities of Service? Last month, we announced that Brownsville and Corpus Christi joined the service-related coalition; this month, we are delighted to say that Austin and San Antonio have also joined! That makes Texas the third most active state in Cities of Service, led only by California and Pennsylvania, which each have five participating cities.
Your city can join Cities of Service as well! It’s a great way to develop service strategies for your community that engage citizens while producing measureable results. For more information on how to join, visit CitiesOfService.org.
AmeriCorps Recruitment Campaign Coming Soon
Watch our Web site and future newsletters this spring for the announcement of an exciting new recruitment project for AmeriCorps*Texas!
Final Thoughts on Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference and Governor’s Volunteer Awards
Thank you to all who came to Dallas to learn and celebrate with us last week! We hope you enjoyed the 32nd Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference, and that you took a moment to share your thoughts with us through our surveys. We will also be conducting a follow up survey in 6-8 weeks and look forward to seeing your feedback there.
We would like to thank our keynote speakers Andrew Wolk and Robert Egger for delivering such thought-provoking and fantastic keynote addresses. Thank you as well to Mrs. Anita Perry, the First Lady of Texas, for speaking at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards and helping us honor such incredible people and organizations. In addition, thank you to all of our conference speakers and vendors for making this year’s conference such a great one.
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Governor’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference!
Check our online Events Calendar for a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to your organization.