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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Texasnonprofits Announces Appointees To The Texas Think Tank
Jacqueline Beretta

March, 2004 (TXNP), the highest-trafficked Web portal for nonprofits in Texas announced today the formation of a Blue Ribbon Board of Advisors also known as the Texas Think Tank. The Texas Think Tank has been commissioned to advise TXNP concerning its web-based communications strategies.

The Texas Think Tank currently has 13 distinguished members selected from diverse vocational backgrounds in government, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They will meet bi-annually to discuss topics related to the leveraging of resources and information to improve nonprofit capabilities to benefit Texans. Other issues include facilitating the grant search process for nonprofits, methods for encouraging corporate philanthropy, expanding the reach of Foundations giving in Texas, and fostering multiple levels of collaboration.

Members include:

Jacqueline Beretta, Chairman – The Beretta Foundation (San Antonio) and Editor and Publisher

Bruce Esterline, Vice President for Grants – The Meadows Foundation (Dallas)

Greg Flores, Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications – HEB (San Antonio)

Sandra Gilliland, The Gilliland Family Foundation (Amarillo)

Maggie McCarthy, Executive Director – The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation (Waco)

Curtis Meadows, Executive Director – The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service (Austin)

Bill Reaves, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Education – Texas A&M University System, and Executive Director of the Center for Research Evaluation & Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) (Houston)

Benjamin Rodríguez, President – Management and Business Advisors; TXNP Facilitator and Strategic Planner (San Antonio)

Justin Schmidt, Corporate Relations Manager – Allstate Insurance Company (Dallas)

Fred Smith, President – The Gathering (Tyler)

Toni Turner, Governor’s Mentoring Initiative Program Officer – Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Austin)

Graham Weston, CEO, Co-Chairman – Rackspace Managed Hosting (San Antonio)

Valleau Wilkie, Jr., Executive Director – Sid W. Richardson Foundation (Fort Worth)

Maggie McCarthy, Executive Director of the Rapoport Foundation is enthusiastic about this group. " has assembled a great group of thinkers and doers in the field of philanthropy. I am awed and inspired by my colleagues and consider it an honor to associate with them. I hope the entire state can benefit from the bounty of brainstorming that will take place.

After all, you have people who have spent their careers as elegant architects of the box that crafted the field, and you have folks who crash the walls of that box with both feet. It should be a heady mix of talent and passion, and I can't wait to see what this rich brew will yield."“TXNP is facilitating communications between nonprofits, corporations, foundations, and individuals to encourage efficient social responsibility in Texas – in fact, they are acting as sector connectors,” said Greg Flores, Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for HEB.

For Jacqueline Beretta, the formation of The Texas Think Tank has a far-reaching impact. “This effort represents our desire to facilitate positive change and build community deep within the hearts of Texans.”


Under the direction of publisher and editor Jacqueline Beretta, TXNP was formed in 2001 by the Beretta Foundation in an effort to facilitate the grant search process through an extensive information clearinghouse. TXNP supports the State’s nonprofit community by bringing together nonprofits, philanthropists, foundations, nonprofit advisors, corporations, and individuals.

The TXNP website offers several free benefits to registered users, including posting and searching of job opportunities, news, and events from nonprofits around the state as well as a directory of nonprofit consultants, volunteer activities, and nonprofit wish lists. The site’s fee-based services include the Texas Online Foundation Directory, which includes information on more than 4,000 foundations in Texas, and a database of more than 70,000 non profit groups. Users can search by geographic location, area of interest, and size.


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