Veterans Service Academy Great Success!


As part of its TRIAD (Texas Resources for Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment) Fund Program Training, CNS hosted the Veterans Service Academy on March 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio. The conference offered a unique opportunity for participants ? more than 80 representatives from organizations serving military families ? to network, share best practices, and take part in workshops designed to help them provide much-needed services to veterans throughout Texas.

Experts in the field of both nonprofit management and programs for military families presented training in the area of military ?cultural competency,? or, navigating military culture; creating nonprofit partnerships; fundraising and corporate partnerships; and recruiting and motivating volunteers ? all with a focus of getting veterans and their families the services they need as efficiently as possible and with sensitivity to the issues they face.

Participants expressed excitement about the training and hope to see the program continue in the future. One attendee told CNS, ?Thank you all so much for putting this together. There was no time wasted and no useless information. Everything was pertinent, informative and enjoyable. It is always refreshing to see how many people are doing such good work in our communities?

Colonel David Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the keynote address at a special dinner, generously sponsored by The Boeing Company, on March 7. The evening highlighted the valuable contributions of all the organizations serving military families and recognized the TRIAD advisory committee for the contribution of time to the TRIAD effort.

With a slide show depicting images of his troops in Afghanistan, one of whom was a wounded warrior attending the dinner, Col. Sutherland presented a moving first-hand account of the dedication of US service men and women and the challenges they face as they rejoin their communities nationwide. Many of the dinner guests said they had a better understanding of the needs of our military families and felt ?inspired? to continue their work and encourage others to support the needs of veterans.

In addition to the sponsorship of The Boeing Company, CNS is grateful for the generous support of the Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) of the California Community Foundation, which made TRIAD, and this event, possible.


 CNS Library Spotlight


Unlocking the Subtle Forces That Change People and Organizations by Richard L. Daft and Robert H. Lengel

Fusion Leadership describes a new way of leading based on "fusion," a coming together of whole individuals to accomplish mutual goals based on shared vision and values. Fusion leaders are those who engage not only the bodies and minds of their employees, but also their hearts and souls. Unlike the traditional, hierarchical "fission" management style used for centuries in business, fusion leadership supports personal growth and ingenuity, qualities that facilitate change.

Building on the New Science assumptions that organizations can act as living systems and evolve with changing conditions, Fusion Leadership shows, in practical terms, how individuals and organizations can grow together. Fusion, the authors reveal, unleashes subtle forces-mindfulness, vision, heart, courage, communication, and integrity-which can fundamentally transform organizations.




Campus to Community Series 

In January of this year, CNS kicked off its Campus to Community series to introduce newcomers to the nonprofit sector.  The classes offered so far ? from Nonprofit Culture to Fundraising ? have been designed to help ?reproduce? the nonprofit experience for specific groups:

-College students who are about to graduate and hoping to get that first job or internship with a nonprofit

-New college grads who have just started working at a nonprofit or would like to work at a nonprofit

-New nonprofit hires with LESS THAN 2 YEARS of experience in the nonprofit sector

Classes offer an entry-level introduction to skills and experience required to work in a nonprofit

What to do if you?d like to take classes such as the ones offered through the Campus to Community series but you don?t fit into any of the groups mentioned above?  Take a look at the CNS website for our core programs to find classes that meet your needs.

"Marketing Your Mission" event

planned for April, stay tuned for more





 March eNewsworthy Articles & Links

With continuing high unemployment, withering budget cuts by state and local governments and massive cuts in federal spending, nonprofits can take some basic steps to weather the continuing financial storm.

First they should establish policies.

"Mission" for nonprofits is the same as "profits" for private sector companies.  In the private sector, corporations achieve their goals by carefully designing business operations that are reflected in a budget and then regularly reporting on how actual profits compare to that budget.  If mission accomplishment is as important as profit attainment, why do most nonprofits not spend equivalent time in mission creation and monitoring.

 A Guide to Starting Your Business Blog 

You may have thought about blogging but then asked yourself, "What would I write about?" "Who would read it?" Or, "Is this the best use of my time?" If you're a owner who already wears a hundred hats, the latter may be what keeps you from starting.



New Resources

San Antonio Area Foundation, Center for Nonprofit Support makes available New Resources, the Financial Management Toolkit and the Board of Excellence Toolkit.  Click the logo below for more information and pricing.


































San Antonio Area Foundation
Center For Nonprofit Support
110 Broadway, Suite 230
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 242-4774 Office
(210) 225-1980 Fax


















Emerging Nonprofit Professionals

March 22, 2011  12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.
$10 (lunch included)

Principles Workshop

March 23, 2011 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
$10 (Breakfast Included)

Finding Funders Through The Foundation Directory
March 24, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Campus To Community Academy
March 25, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How to Start a Planned Giving Program
March 29, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Get Back Your Brain and Take out the Drain
March 31, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$20 (Lunch Included)



For More Information on
Workshops & Registration
Desiree Whitney
(210) 242-4771

*Price subject to change.



Directory of Texas

Foundations, 29th edition.


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Does your nonprofit need an intern, click the logo above

see how Campus 2 Careers can help.



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