2013 - 2014 Program Highlights

2013 - 2014 Coursework 

Complete list of Portfolio accepted courses for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Perspectives in Philanthropy

Kenneth Gladish, President and CEO of the Seton Foundations, will teach Perspectives in Philanthropy during the 2013 and 2014 summer session. This Advanced Topics in Management course will explore the “roots, character, dimensions, problems and achievements” of the nonprofit sector as it relates to the rise and practice of the American philanthropic tradition and the government, business, and family sectors. The course format will include open lectures, case studies, and guest speakers.

Ken Gladish is a nationally recognized leader in charitable and philanthropic endeavors. Prior to joining Seton, he served as president and CEO of the Austin Community Foundation. His distinguished career includes serving as president of the YMCA of the USA and academic leadership roles at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

Innovations and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector

Mike King, President and CEO of Volunteers of America, was welcomed as a visiting faculty member in fall 2013. King taught Innovations and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector, a course focused on the intersection of policy and practice offered through RGK’s Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies. Students examined successful innovations within the sector, emerging trends, and strategic change in response to potential tax reform and funding stream shifts in healthcare, education, house, and senior care. Course guest speakers and events included:

  • a lecture by Willie Iles, VP of Government Relations of Boy Scouts of America, on “Controversy, Culture & Cooperation: The Boy Scouts of America's Decision to Diversify Membership”
  • a presentation on federal spending and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by M. Todd Tuten, UT alum and senior policy analyst at the law/lobbying firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, DC
  • a Veteran’s Day panel discussion on the many challenges facing America’s veterans, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

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King served as CEO of Volunteers of America Texas before becoming head of the national organization. He has more than 35 years’ experience working as a leader in the nonprofit sector. He previously held executive positions with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Volunteer Center of Dallas, ChildCareGroup and Volunteer–The National Center. King has served as a facilitator of leadership training for Hewlett Packard and has also served on the faculty of both the University of Colorado and the Institute for Advanced Volunteer Management in the United Kingdom.

Spring 2014 Guest Speakers

Students in Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg’s Nonprofit Governance: A Management Perspective and Comparative Analysis course had the opportunity to hear from local, state, and national nonprofit leaders on topics such as international board service, assessing leadership strengths and managing nonprofit risk.  Guest speakers during the spring 2014 semester were:

  • Mike Stern, attorney for nonprofit law
  • Mike Nellis, MSW, Executive Director of The Thinkery Austin
  • Ellen Bathazar, Executive Director Emeritus of Any Baby Can, Eanes ISD School Board Member
  • Maile Broccoli-Hickey, Executive Director, English at Work

Spring 2014 Capstone

This May, over 25 graduates from UT master’s programs received certification through the RGK Center’s Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies. 

The Portfolio Program offers courses focused on philanthropy, volunteerism, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship. Students who complete the coursework and other requirements receive official certification in Nonprofit Studies as a complement to their advanced degree. 

Participation in the Portfolio Program culminates in a two-part Capstone event. In April, students visited James Turrell's SkySpace in the Student Activity Center for meditation on their journey  through their graduate program, followed by a reception at Hotel Ella where they got a chance to network with fellow Portfolio graduates. In May, students met with UT’s Ann Stafford, Assistant Director of Development, Texas Performing Arts, who talked about her experience playing an active role in public service in multiple sectors. The interactive discussion provided a forum for students making decisions about their professional careers to ask frank and practical questions.