Each year, Greenlights’ 501 Council awards capacity-building grants to Greenlights members for consulting services in the areas of fundraising/resource development, board excellence, and strategy and planning. Receiving a record 72 applications for support this year, the council had its work cut out for them! After multiple rounds of reviews by the council’s stellar grant review team, two finalists in each grant category were invited to make their case for support before an all-council vote.
It is our pleasure to congratulate the following 2012 grantees!
Fundraising/Resource Development Category
Recipient: Colorado River Foundation
Board Excellence Category
Recipient: The Christi Center
Strategy & Planning Category
Recipient: Austin Clubhouse
So how does it work?
Greenlights’ 501 Council consists of business professionals and community-minded individuals who want to support Central Texas nonprofits through collaborative giving and decision-making. Each year, members contribute $250 into a pooled capacity fund that is distributed through grants once a year, enabling qualified Greenlights member organizations to benefit from our consulting services. This year, under the leadership of Clayton Bullock of Moreland Properties, the 501 Council members contributed nearly $12,000 collectively, all in the name of strengthening Central Texas nonprofits!
The 501 Council welcomes new members year-round. Council membership provides an opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit sector while supporting it – and it’s a great way to meet like-minded individuals who come together from a variety of sectors. Whether you’re new to nonprofit service, looking to gain experience before stepping onto a nonprofit board, or you’d just like to try your hand at philanthropy-in-action, this is a sure fit! And as a thank you, council members receive a complementary individual membership with Greenlights and gain access to a variety of benefits like discounts on professional development opportunities. Learn more about the 501 Council and join us!
Apply for a grant!
The next grant cycle will kick off in October 2012 with grants awarded in early 2013. Nonprofits in need of capacity-building in the areas of fundraising/resource development, board excellence and strategy and planning are encouraged to apply. The 501 Council is most concerned with an organization’s readiness (i.e. What steps has the organizations taken to address the challenge previously? Why is now the right time for a consulting engagement?) and impact (i.e. What are the foreseeable outcomes of a consulting engagement? How will the organization define and measure success? ). Learn more about the grants offered, the process and former grantees.
Congratulations to the Colorado River Foundation, The Christi Center and Austin Clubhouse! Thank you to our generous 501 Council members for their commitment to Central Texas nonprofits and to Greenlights’ work to strengthen nonprofits for extraordinary performance and impact!