Read about Greenlights' successes in working with nonprofits in Central Texas on strategic planning, executive transitions, board development, organizational assessment and analysis, and so much more!
In 2011, The Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center formally merged. Now known as The Contemporary Austin, this visual arts organization reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection.
"Greenlights was instrumental to the success of the merger," noted Melba Whatley, Arthouse's board chair at the time of the merger. "Greenlights' structured merger process, professionalism, depth of expertise, and affordability made a relatively complicated merger not only a glowing success but also a thoroughly rewarding experience. We would highly recommend that any nonprofits considering a merger should consult with and engage Greenlights."
Recognizing the importance of an educational and enjoyable visitor experience, the Bullock Texas State History Museum sought to evaluate its newest exhibit: Texas Music Roadtrip. They partnered with Greenlights to create a comprehensive evaluation process that involved staff from multiple departments and provided real-time results during development, while the exhibit was open, and after the exhibit closed.
"It was really great to work with Greenlights' staff! They brought a familiarity with nonprofits and an eagerness to learn about museum-specific issues. They demonstrated a great amount of flexibility working with our timeline and our parameters. I want to applaud everyone who was involved with the project," said Kate Betz, Head of Education at the Bullock Museum.
Since 1994, the Ascend Center for Learning (formerly the Austin Academy) has been creating opportunities through education. The Ascend Center helps adult students attain their goals through a GED completion program, and both a college readiness and job readiness program. Since its inception, more than 450 students have attained a GED, with many more going on to pursue higher education and job opportunities.
Forklift Danceworks celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary by creating original performances inspired by the movement of everyday life, such as the unique and popular Trash Project featuring City of Austin Solid Waste employees. By engaging a diverse body of participants and audiences through its performances, outreach programs, classes and workshops, the company empowers all people to be actively engaged in the creative process.
A nationally acclaimed organization, EcoRise Youth Innovations offers a compelling program to underserved high schools, introducing students to promising “green” careers and helping them design and implement projects to promote an environmentally sustainable campus. In 2010, EcoRise Youth Innovations graduated 155 students from its environmental leadership course, brought 20 design professionals into the classroom, and worked with 120 volunteers who gave more than 5,000 hours.
College Forward was launched in 2003 after recognizing a critical need to expand college access to economically disadvantaged students. Starting in just one Hays County school, College Forward has grown to serve 14 schools in the Greater Austin and Houston areas. The organization has experienced significant growth, with 99% of their students accepted into college and an 83% college persistence rate. However, with such growth and success, it is crucial to maintain a staff and board large enough to handle the growing capacity.
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