McALLEN -- OneStar Foundation: Texas Center for Social Impact and its partners are offering The Effective Nonprofit Practices: Increasing Funders’ Confidence in your Organization in cities across Texas, available at no cost to leaders of nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations. 

An all-day workshop will be held in McAllen on Wednesday, May 11, at the Cooper Center for Communication Arts. Leaders, paid and volunteer, of South Texas nonprofits are encouraged to attend.  Registration is respectfully required.

The session is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to increase their awareness of critical principles that funders look for in effective governance and ethical practices of nonprofit organizations. Designed to guide board members and staff leaders of charitable organizations as they work to improve their own operations, the workshop will cover the 33 Principles discussed in the Independent Sector’s Panel on the Nonprofit Sector’s “Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice."

Six of the 33 Principles describe actions that all charitable organizations must take because they are required by law. The other 27 describe actions that charitable organizations should strongly consider following, based on their legal and operational structure and their particular charitable purposes. 

The 33 principles are organized under four main categories:

1. Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure:  Responsibilities and practices, such as implementing conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, that will assist charitable organizations in complying with their legal obligations and providing information to the public.

2. Effective Governance: Policies and procedures a board of directors should implement to fulfill its oversight and governance responsibilities effectively.

3. Strong Financial Oversight:  Policies and procedures an organization should follow to ensure wise stewardship of charitable resources.

4. Responsible Fundraising: Policies and procedures organizations that solicit funds from the public should follow to build donor support and confidence.

Sharon Zambrzycki with more than 20 years professional experience in nonprofit management will lead the workshop.  Zambrzycki states, “This comprehensive, strategic workshop is for boards of directors and staff leaders who are committed to examining and improving their governance practices, allowing them to assess the areas where their organizations are doing well and where there is room for improvement.”

For more information or to register, contact Sharon at shazamz@att.netor 817-925-7684.  To learn more about OneStar Foundation and other available opportunities, visit www.onestarfoundation.org.