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February, 2010

Greenlights for NonProfit Success
News You Can Use
From Our Blog: Mission Driven
Lessons learned from the not-so-straight path of my "social change" career
Posted on February 23, 2010 by Tara Kirkland
How did you end up at Greenlights?  How did you land your first job in the nonprofit sector?  Did you always know you wanted to do (whatever-it-is-I-do)? As I walked across the UT campus last night to speak on a Career Day panel of alumni... MORE>>

Why I Love the Obligatory Annual Donor Luncheon
Posted on February 19, 2010 by Matt Kouri
Greenlights held our 2010 Annual Donor Luncheon on Thursday, 2/18, and in contrast to the often obligatory, rote forum that these events can be for many nonprofits, this one yielded some surprising and very encouraging outcomes. I thought I would share... MORE>>

A Nonprofit Website Redo
Posted on February 16, 2010 by Haila Yates
Our site,, was developed in 2005. The majority of the site is currently updated in Dreamweaver, although certain sections are now built on sites and integrate content with our Salesforce database. In large part, the site is outdated... MORE>>

Upcoming Workshops
Special Events: High Impact, Big Return - 3/2/2010
Take your fundraising events to the next level! Learn strategies to fully engage event chairs and volunteers to impact your event's success, and get tips on creating a solicitation strategy that yields a big return in donors and sponsorships. MORE>>

Don't Leave Money on the Table: Maximizing Silent and Live Auction Revenue - 3/2/2010
Want to raise more money with your auctions? Doing so requires more than great items and an entertaining auctioneer. Learn proven strategies for raising big dollars through your event auctions.MORE>>

Budgeting and Financial Reporting - 3/4/2010
Learn the basics of nonprofit budgeting, including designing and planning, cost/income projections and expenses, and cash flow. Gain insights in reading a budget calendar, understanding budget cycles, and how to implement, monitor and revise. MORE>>

Building Strategic Alliances: Collaboration, Shared Services, and Mergers - 3/5/2010
Collaboration is a critical component of how we do business. Explore strategic alliance-building, from simple coordination of activities, to sharing services and all-out formal mergers. Learn to critically evaluate your relationships, get examples of collaborations that work, and develop a plan for enhancing your organization's capacity and resources through strategic alliance-building. MORE>>

Board Essentials (Previously known as Board Primer: What Excellent Boards Do) - 3/10/2010
Discover the fundamental principles and best practices that every nonprofit board member should know. Learn about roles and responsibilities, financial management, fundraising, planning, and how to work with staff and colleagues. MORE>>

Lunch & Learn: El Elefante in the Board Room - 3/11/2010
FREE for Greenlights Members ($15.00 Non-members)
On the local level, nearly 500,000 Latinos live in the greater Austin area, but are they engaged with your nonprofit? Learn about population trends, volunteer trends and cultural insights of the Hispanic community. Find out what it takes to engage this booming population. MORE>>

Leadership Essentials: The "I Speak" Model of Effective Communication - 3/25/2010
Effective leadership begins with effective communication. Led by Heather McKissick, President/CEO of Leadership Austin, this highly interactive session provides you with an individualized assessment of your personal communication style and a useful framework for understanding the styles of others. MORE>>

Love the Ones You're With: How to Retain Loyal Donors and Volunteers - 3/31/2010
Are you forever trying to find ways to attract new donors or volunteers? Gain the knowledge and tools you need to keep your supporters engaged, loyal and giving to your organization. This course applies years of research and best practices from the corporate world to assist nonprofits with their own unique "loyalty" concerns. MORE>>

Five Minute Media Connection: Media Training and Media Tour - 4/8/2010
Media coverage is a critical component of your organization's communications and fundraising efforts. Receive training from a panel of local media professionals, including Kevin Benz and Andrea Ball. Learn about developing relationships with the media, framing your message, and what to do when the media calls you. Then schedule face time to pitch your stories to News 8, KUT and other media outlets. MORE>>

Member News
Member Job Board
Member Job BoardCampus Director - Citizen Schools
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Development Manager - Foundation Communities
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Development Director - Citizen Schools
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Major Gifts Officer - Austin Humane Society
Monday, February 15, 2010


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