OneStar strengthens Texas communities by creating pathways for individuals and organizations to engage, connect, and accelerate their impact.

Photos from OneStar's post 01/08/2024

The accomplishments of the past year have paved the way for greater impact in 2024. We're looking back at some highlights that have laid the groundwork for exciting announcements in the months ahead!

From statewide summits to innovative programs, OneStar helped redefine disaster resilience in Texas through events and thought leadership in 2023.🌩️🚨☔

🌀Houston Disaster Summit Statewide: United 200+ leaders across Texas to share disaster response strategies & build collective community-powered preparedness. United Way of Greater Houston
🌀Shaping Disaster Philanthropy: Previewed community-centered approach to philanthropy and sharing insights on the future of disaster response at Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Austin Chapter One Day Conference.
🌀Evolving Rebuild Texas Fund: Stay tuned for a revamped program designed to proactively support communities in times of disaster.

OneStar is leading the charge for a more equitable and effective approach to disaster resilience. Join us in building stronger, smarter Texas!

Photos from OneStar's post 01/05/2024

Yesterday’s goals are today’s accomplishments. This week, we’re looking back on our proudest moments of 2023.

Last year, AmeriCorps’ impact in Texas caught the attention of the nation and served as a model of excellence. 🌟🌎🙌

🏆 Regional Collaboration: The exemplary AmeriCorps Central Texas model and collaboration with OneStar inspired visits from Service Year and AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith.
🏆 Investment in Impact: $16.7M in federal grants for Dallas communities highlight AmeriCorps' role in building stronger communities.
🏆 Innovation Award: OneStar receives America's Service Commissions prestigious Innovation in Grantmaking award for our impactful funding practices.

OneStar champions Texas' national leadership in AmeriCorps. Join us in building a brighter future through service!

Photos from OneStar's post 01/04/2024

As we cast a bold vision in 2024, we reflect proudly on last year’s achievements that paved the way for today’s impact.

From Capitol Hill to City Hall, we raised our voices, rallied communities, and championed a future where every Texas nonprofit thrives!💪🏛️✊

📢 Texas Nonprofit Strong Day: 100+ leaders visited with state legislators, advocating for a thriving nonprofit sector. ️
📢 AmeriCorps Advocacy: We invited 22,000 former members to get involved in the fight for the future of AmeriCorps.
📢 Built for Texas Report: Data-driven insights fueled calls for collaboration and innovation. United Ways of Texas Texas Nonprofit Strong
📢 Week Proclamations: Cities across the state recognized and celebrated the power of service!

OneStar empowers nonprofits to build a brighter Texas together. Join the movement!


Enrollment deadline for the Nonprofit Career Development Certificate EXTENDED to Thursday, January 11! ⏰🔜📅 Presented by Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School, this 10-week online program offered EXCLUSIVELY to AmeriCorps members & alums equips you for an impactful career in the nonprofit sector and provides valuable insights to jumpstart the next chapter of your professional journey.

The program is an eligible expense for the Segal Education award, and scholarships are available! Apply now ➡️

Photos from OneStar's post 01/03/2024

As we gear up for a new year, we’re reflecting and gathering lessons on the achievements and milestones of the past year.

From rural gatherings to statewide summits, OneStar connected changemakers & forged partnerships to tackle Texas' toughest challenges.🤝♻️🔗

🌐 Visionary Brainstorm: 30 leaders from nonprofits, universities & government co-created a brighter future for the sector during the Texas Nonprofit Council’s stakeholder meeting.
🌐 Texas Nonprofit Summit: 350+ changemakers rekindled community spirit & ignited collaboration at our post-pandemic conference.
🌐 Amplifying Rural Connections: Sponsored key events, connecting rural nonprofits in Southeast & South Central Texas with resources & support. Fayette Community Foundation Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center
🌐 Merging Cross-Sector Networks: Joint network meetings for nonprofits, academics, & volunteer centers sparked knowledge sharing & resource connections.

OneStar weaves the network that strengthens Texas! Join us in building a stronger, more united Texas.

Photos from OneStar's post 01/02/2024

It’s important to look back on where you’ve been to know where you’re going. In preparation for some exciting announcements in 2024, we are reflecting on the vibrant foundation we have established for the big goals in store for the new year!

From summits to scholarships, here are a few ways OneStar was committed to empowering and equipping community leaders in 2023! 📚🎓✨

💡 Texas Nonprofit Summit: 350+ changemakers re-engaged with vital insights & strategies.
💡 AmeriCorps Texas Grantee Meeting: Nearly 50 organizations connected, learned, and reignited their passion for service!
💡 Workforce Development Collaborative: 15 programs equipped to launch AmeriCorps members into meaningful careers.
💡 Nonprofit Career Development Certificate: Almost 100 future leaders honed their skills through our partnership with Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School.

OneStar's commitment to empowering community leaders is strong and growing! We're building a future where passionate individuals, equipped with the right tools, can tackle any challenge and build a brighter tomorrow.


Volunteering is more than another checkbox on your list of 's : it's a commitment to serving and caring for others and making our communities stronger and more vibrant. Start 2024 off right by finding opportunities to serve in your neighborhood. Visit to get started today cultivating a lifestyle of service!


'Tis the season of giving! Let's do our part to bring cheer and joy to those in need this Christmas by volunteering and serving Texas communities. Whether it's donating your time or resources, we all have the power to make a difference in someone's life.

Visit to find opportunities to serve with local Texas nonprofits. Let's come together and make this the most meaningful holiday yet!


Calling all AmeriCorps members & alums! Thrive in your nonprofit career by gaining valuable knowledge and skills through the exclusive Nonprofit Career Development Certificate offered through Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School Scholarships are available! Apply by Friday 1/5 at


Expand the horizons of your AmeriCorps experience with a Nonprofit Career Development Certificate! Offered exclusively to AmeriCorps members and alums through Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School this program will equip you with perspective and insight for the next chapter of your nonprofit career. Scholarships are available! Apply by Friday 1/5 ➡️


Are you looking to turn your AmeriCorps experience into a nonprofit career? Earn a Nonprofit Career Development Certificate through Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School to prepare you for the next chapter of your professional journey. Scholarships are available! Apply by Friday 1/5 ➡️


Every year, Texas state agencies reflect on projects and initiatives highlighting how & work together to address challenges facing Texas communities. Check out the latest Texas Interagency Coordinating Group Legislative Report to explore ideas and best practices for promoting and . Download ➡️


The United Nations has designated today as International Volunteer Day to recognize the power of collective action to change the world. If everyone takes action in their own community, together we can have a massive impact on solving global challenges. Find opportunities to volunteer with Texas nonprofits at

Photos from OneStar's post 12/01/2023

We were grateful for the opportunity to connect with our peers in national service at the annual AmeriCorps Symposium this week! The Lone Star State was proud to represent—with OneStar Director of National Service Jaclyn Kolar presenting on program development and grantmaking strategies, and our friends at Reading Partners North Texas sharing insights on member benefits. Thank you to all of our brilliant colleagues around the country for creating space to network and learn together to better serve our communities!


We are honored to be recognized for Innovation in Grantmaking in the 2023 Commission Innovation Awards, presented by America's Service Commissions this week in Washington, DC! Effective distribution of funding can be a key catalyst in sparking innovation and accelerating impact. At OneStar, we take pride in our creative approach to channeling resources where they can be most accessible and bring meaningful value to Texas communities.

We are so inspired by the exemplary accomplishments of our fellow nominees and extend our congratulations to all the amazing state service commissions featured at last night's reception. Together, we can ensure service & volunteerism remains a vital and relevant solution to our country's most pressing challenges. Thank you to America's Service Commissions for supporting and celebrating our critical work in strengthening local communities nationwide!


If you want to leverage your service into a meaningful career, the Nonprofit Career Development Certificate offered EXCLUSIVELY to AmeriCorps members & alums can help you reach the next level. Presented by Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School, this 10-week online program runs February-April 2024 and equips you with skills & insights to address pressing issues facing today's nonprofits.

Scholarships are available to qualified applicants, and the fee is also an eligible expense for your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Enroll now ➡️


We are proud to represent at the AmeriCorps Symposium this week in Washington, DC! Our team is ready to share about the incredible achievements of national service in while gaining fresh ideas & inspiration from our colleagues across the country. Make sure y'all stop by and say howdy to your friends from OneStar!


offers a special opportunity for you to make a difference in our local communities—and this year, Texas nonprofits need our help more than ever! 💕🎁 Texans are known for our generous spirit—so let's come together to show our support for the hard work our local nonprofits do every day. Let's make this Giving Tuesday meaningful and make a real impact in the lives of our neighbors in need!

If you want to support OneStar’s vision of uniting to build more resilient and thriving Texas communities, make a gift today at, or visit to explore other incredible nonprofits making an impact across our state!


It's in , and we invite you to join us in celebrating and preserving our native cultures! Learn more about different native traditions and volunteer your time - there are so many ways to get involved. Visit to find opportunities to serve with local nonprofits promoting Texas' Native American heritage, including:
⭐Texas Tribal Buffalo Project, developing food sovereignty programs
⭐American Indians in Texas - Spanish Colonial Missions, supporting data, analytics, and branding
⭐Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurship training

With your help, we can honor the rich heritage of the first people to inhabit our land.


, y’all! 🦃❤️ This holiday season, let's come together and turn into a day of service and generosity. Volunteering or donating to a local nonprofit is one of the best gifts we can give back to our Texas communities. Together, we can make a difference and show what grateful hearts can do.

Visit to find opportunities to take action and live by your gratitude.


When families unite in the spirit of service, they become a collective force for good in Texas communities. Family volunteering provides a unique platform for creating precious memories that reinforce the importance of getting involved in your community. As families work together toward making a difference, they forge lasting bonds and cultivate shared values of compassion, social responsibility, and understanding across generations.

During this weekend's , visit to find family-friendly volunteer opportunities with orgs like Generation SERVE and build a lasting legacy through service!
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Texas Nonprofit Strong hosted a webinar last week examining the latest data on the state's nonprofit sector. If you want to deepen your understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Texas nonprofits, check out the session recording exploring findings from the newly released Built For Texas report ➡️

Special thanks to United Ways of Texas and Nicole Collier of Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School for leading an insightful presentation and discussion!


We are proud to be an Innovation in Grantmaking finalist in America's Service Commissions' 2023 Commission Innovation Awards! Our team works hard to ensure that AmeriCorps funding is used effectively to strengthen Texas communities and build up future leaders attuned to the pressing social challenges facing our state. Congrats to all of our fellow nominees for your innovation and leadership in advancing service!

We're pleased to announce the top three finalists in each of our Commission Innovation Awards categories! Be sure to join us at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 29 to celebrate commission innovation and find out who takes home each category's top prize:

✨ Innovation in Grantmaking: Massachusetts Service Alliance, OneStar, and UServeUtah

✨ Innovation in AmeriCorps Programming: Michigan Community Service Commission, ServeMinnesota, and ServeOhio

✨ Innovation in Civic Engagement and Volunteerism: Kansas Volunteer Commission, Massachusetts Service Alliance, and Michigan Community Service Commission

✨ Innovation in Policy Making: California Volunteers, ServeMinnesota, and Serve Wisconsin

✨ Innovation in Partnerships: California Volunteers, Serve Colorado, and Serve Washington

Congratulations to all the finalists!

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literally translates to "love for humanity." This , how will you show your love to others with your time, talent, and resources? Visit to find opportunities to support nonprofits working to strengthen local communities!

Photos from Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center's post 11/14/2023

We love to see the collaboration and growth of nonprofits in communities across Texas and were proud to support this month's 2023 SETX Nonprofit Conference. Happy 15th anniversary to the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center!


We are committed to promoting collaboration within our rural nonprofit community and were proud to support the South Central Texas Rural Philanthropy Day earlier this month! Our team enjoyed meeting with local leaders and exploring creative ideas and best practices for supporting Texas communities. Congrats to Fayette Community Foundation for hosting an insightful and inspiring event!


On , we take the time to honor and support those who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country. You can show your respect and appreciation for our military veterans by finding ways to serve them here in Texas communities. Visit to find opportunities to volunteer with incredible local veterans organizations, including:

🎖️Amazing Soldiers, Inc., helping veterans begin to rebuild and maintain support for the future
🎖️Soldiers' Angels, providing aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families.
🎖️U.S.VETS-Houston, transitioning veterans and their families through housing, counseling, career development, and comprehensive support

Economic Mobility: Creating Disaster Resilient and Sustainable Communities | Texas Nonprofit Strong 11/08/2023

Reminder ⏰🎗️: Join us TOMORROW to dive deeper into the latest research on Texas nonprofits! Explore insights from the newly released Built For Texas report and join the conversation with Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School on how we can strengthen the sector. Register ➡️

Economic Mobility: Creating Disaster Resilient and Sustainable Communities | Texas Nonprofit Strong Learn the latest data from the 2023 edition of the Built For Texas report on the continued growth of the state’s nonprofit sector and the importance of collaboration. Find out what you can do to help the communities you care about during an era of rapid change. This webinar will be presented by Ni...


Join us in welcoming Alyson Whitefield as our new VISTA Leader for the OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project! Alyson will recruit, coordinate, train, and support our amazing AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with nonprofits across Texas.

Alyson has served two previous terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with nonprofits in the Dallas area to develop and enhance the capacity of workforce development programs that were instrumental in helping individuals and their families break free from the cycle of poverty. Learn more about Alyson on our website at


Have you thanked your volunteer manager today? Recruiting, engaging, and stewarding volunteers requires skill and strategy to ensure their time and dedication translate into meaningful impact. This International Volunteer Managers Day, show your appreciation for the talented professionals who empower others to make a difference!

Visit to see the work of Texas managers in action and explore ways that you can serve with local nonprofits!

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