Portfolio Program Events


Global Civil Society Speaker Series
featuring Andy Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Univ. of Michigan

Wednesday, February 10th, 12:15-1:30pm
SRH 3.122, LBJ School (1st floor)

Join Dr. Josh Busby and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service for lunch and conversation with Andy Hoffman. Andy is an expert in sustainability strategies, its history and current practice. The discussion will include how individuals incorporate ideas and practices of sustainability into their own career goals in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Additional topics may include strategies for changing entire economic systems to become more sustainable.

Nonprofit Portfolio Social*
Thursday, February 18th, 5:15-7:30pm
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Meeting point: Blanton Café (Smith Bldg, first floor, across from museum gift shop)
* Required event for 2016 graduates

Diversity and Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
Tuesday, March 1, 12:15 - 1:30pm
SRH 3.122, LBJ School (1st floor classroom)

The Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color, the Harvey Milk Society, and the Nonprofit Portfolio Program invite you to attend a discussion on diversity and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Panelists Priscilla A. Hale and Dr. Teresa Granillo will address topics including: the need for diverse leaders in the sector, the role of nonprofits in creating structural change, and the future of nonprofit leadership. They will also share insights from challenges faced and victories won throughout their own careers.

Nonprofit Portfolio Student and Alumni Social*
Thursday, April 21st, 5:15-7:30pm
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Meeting point: Blanton Café (Smith Bldg, first floor, across from museum gift shop)
* Required event for 2016 graduates who missed the February social

Nonprofit Portfolio Skyspace*
Monday, April 25 OR Thursday, April 28 7:30-9:00pm (choose one)
Skyspace, Student Activity Center – 3rd floor rooftop
* Required event for 2016 graduates


Portfolio Student & Alumni Fall Semester Happy Hour
Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Salty Sow (1917 Manor Rd.)

Get Funded! How to Secure Individual and Nonprofit Funding
Wednesday, October 14th, 5:15 – 6:30pm
Regional Foundation Library (1009 East 11th St, 2nd Floor)*
+ Post-tutorial discussion at nearby establishment (TBD)

The Regional Foundation Library is your pathway to nonprofit and individual funding. Gather with fellow Nonprofit Studies Portfolio students for an introduction to the library’s resources with Director Ellen Moutos Lee, followed by a tutorial on how students can find and secure individual funding for professional development. Learn about this valuable community resource and sharpen your individual and organizational fundraising research skills. Read testimonies from RFL patrons.

*Note: The library is located at 1009 East 11th street, 2nd floor. Two blocks east of I35 at the corner of San Marcos and 11th. Look for banners for the Texas Music Museum. The RFL is in the same building.  Parking is free. Park in the “upper” lot and enter through the south entrance. That will place you on the second floor and that door will be unlocked. Don’t worry about “staff only” or “tenants only” parking signs. Map.

Global Civil Society Speaker Series
The Kepler Model: A Revolution in Higher Education in Africa
Monday, October 19th, 12:15 – 1:45pm
SRH 3.124

Join Dr. Josh Busby and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service for lunch and conversation with Christopher Hedrick, CEO of Kepler. Chris is an expert in global health, international development, technology, and learning with a U.S. Peace Corps background. Kepler is a university program based in Kigali, Rwanda that blends technology-based learning and intense local seminars to offer U.S.-accredited degrees at very low cost. Kepler's aim is to dramatically expand access to high quality college education across Africa.


*Capstone Event: Attendance is required of 2015 Portfolio Program graduates

Global Civil Society Speaker Series
Turning Passion into a Profession: NGO Advocacy and Philanthropy on Nuclear Terrorism

Thursday, January 29th, 12:15 – 1:45pm
SRH 3.124
Co-sponsored by: Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft
Alexandra I. Toma is the Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, an umbrella organization coordinating philanthropic initiatives on peace and security. Culling from experiences gained through a decade in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector in Washington, D.C., Alex will discuss the role that domestic and international NGOs play in preventing nuclear terrorism. She will share her expertise on foreign policymaking in D.C. and her top tips for beginning a career and maximizing success in philanthropy and the nonprofit world.

Portfolio Student & Alumni Spring Semester Happy Hour
Thursday, February 5th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Salty Sow
Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements
Thursday, February 12th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
SRH 3.124
Jointly Sponsored by: Portfolio Program in Arts & Cultural Management & Entrepreneurship and Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies
In this colloquium and skills seminar, Dr. Michael Granof will review the financial report of a not-for-profit organization with the goal of making reasonably comprehensible this seemingly impenetrable document. Dr. Granof is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Business and Public Affairs

Capstone Event*
Thursday, February 19th, 5:15 – 7:30pm
Blanton Museum of Art
How to Find Foundations Like a Pro
Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Regional Foundation Library
An introduction to the library’s resources with Director Ellen Moutos Lee, followed by a practice grantseeking session. Learn about this valuable community resource and sharpen your fundraising research skills.
Global Civil Society Speaker Series
Guest Speaker (TBA) from World Wildlife Fund
Tuesday, March 10th, 12:15 – 1:45pm
SRH 3.124

Capstone Event*
Thursday, April 16th OR Monday, April 20th, 6:45 – 9:00pm (choose one; sign-up forthcoming)
James Turrell Skyspace + Hotel Ella


Portfolio Student & Alumni Fall Semseter 'Kick Off' Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 10th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Professional LinkedIn Workshop
Tuesday, September 16th, 12:15 - 1:45pm
SRH 3.124
Catherine Jewell, a professional career advisor, will provide guidelines on how to create a professional LinkedIn presence. She will discuss how employers use LinkedIn to recruit and hire for positions. Bring your laptops so you can access your LinkedIn site during the workshop.
Trends & Issues in Volunteerism
Wednesday, September 17th, 2:00-3:30pm
SRH 3.314/3.355 (third floor), LBJ School of Public Affairs
Susan Ellis is President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specializes in volunteerism. She has written more than 120 articles on volunteer management for dozens of publications and writes the national bi-monthly column, "On Volunteers," for The NonProfit Times.  RSVP here.
The Deep Dark Secrets of Nonprofit Development with Cookie Ruiz
Thursday, October 2nd, 12:15 - 1:45pm
SRH 3.124
Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin, will discuss various topics on Development for both the Nonprofit Studies and Arts Management Portfolio Programs. She will touch on having a career in fundraising and nonprofit/arts development, what goes into donor relations, and the types of positions and career tracks that fall under the umbrella of 'Development'. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
Global Civil Society Speaker Series Panel: Modernizing Foreign Aid
Monday, October 13th, 5:15-6:30 PM
SRH 3.122 (LBJ School, first floor)
Panel discussion featuring Porter Delaney, Founder of Kyle House Group, Didier Trinh, Executive Director of Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and Dr. Cate Weaver, Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, UT Austin and other experts. The panel discusses foreign aid assistance, including career opportunities for students interested the health, humanitarian and environmental work of international NGOs. RSVP here.
American Red Cross - International Briefing
Thursday, November 13th, 12:15 - 1:30pm
SRH 3.122
David Meltzer, General Counsel of the Red Cross and Chief International Officer of International Services, will discuss his work at the Red Cross and career opportunities with international NGOs. Lunch snacks provided.


Nonprofit Portfolio Alumni Career Panel
Monday, November 17th,  5:30 - 7pm
Confirmed panelists: 
  • Angie Yowell, Development Officer at the University of Texas Elementary School
  • Dana Epstein, Assistant Executive Director at the Jewish Federaton of Greater Austin
  • Becky Pastner, Program Officer (Health Policy and Grants) at St. David's Foundation

RSVP here.

Nonprofit Portfolio Capstone Events (for 2015 Graduates)
Please hold 5:15 - 7:30pm on September 18th, October 16th and February 19th 
Final Capstone date in April TBD
More information coming soon!

Spring 2014 events 

Portfolio Student & Alumni Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 30th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

The Legal and Liability Dimensions of Governance

February 19th at 2pm in SRH 3.355 

Mike Stern, attorney 

All the best planning accompanied by the most effective leadership may still not be enough to keep the average nonprofit out of harms way.  Furthermore, nonprofit board members have an obligation to be informed about the legal ramifications of their responsibilities. 


The Inner Workings of Nonprofit Boards and Branding

February 26th at 2pm in SRH 3.355  

Mike Nellis, MSW, Executive Director of The Thinkery Austin

This talk will examine what it takes to keep a group of people on the same path moving towards shared goals and objectives.  These class sessions will examine issues such as board composition and recruitment, orienting board members to the work of the organization, managing effective meetings, setting agendas and dealing with the problem board member. Overall, what will be the brand of your board? How does that board help brand the organization?


Issues and Challenges on a Board 

March 26th at 2pm in SRH 3.355 

Ellen Bathazar, Executive Director Emeritus of Any Baby Can, Eanes ISD School Board Member

It only takes one challenge for a board to appreciate a ‘dull, ordinary’ meeting!  This talk will deal with the challenges facing today’s nonprofit organization.  Attention will be given to topics including advocacy, partnerships and collaborations, uses of social media and challenges of changing demographics and board composition.


Nonprofit Mergers and How it Affects a Board of Directors 

April 2nd at 2pm in SRH 3.355 

Maile Broccoli-Hickey, Executive Director, English at Work

The nonprofit sector is undergoing significant transformation. The demand for services continues to rise, yet there is considerably less public funding available and increased competition for donated dollars. Mergers and other forms of strategic collaboration, therefore, are important tools for Central Texas organizations to consider as they work to advance their missions. 


2014 Nonprofit Portfolio Capstone

  • April 3rd from 7-9pm at SkySpace in the Student Activity Center, with a reception at Hotel Ella to follow.
  • April 8th from 7-9pm at SkySpace in the Student Activity Center, with a reception at Hotel Ella to follow.
  • May 5th from 10-11:30am - brunch and conversation with Ann Stafford.


Critical Issues in Nonprofit Leadership Speaker Series

Controversy, Culture & Cooperation: The Boy Scouts of America's Decision to Diversify Membership

Willie Iles, VP of Gov't. Relations of Boy Scouts of America 

September 23rd, 2013 at 12:15pm in Bass Lecture Hall 


Inside the Beltway: Federal Policy in the Nonprofit Sector

M. Todd Tuten, Sr. Policy Analyst of Patton Boggs in D.C.

October 21st, 2013 at 6pm in Bass Lecture Hall



Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Do Gooder Games
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 5:30pm

Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series: David La Piana
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Food Justice and the Local Food Economy
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 12:15pm – 1:45 pm
A discussion of Austin food policy issues, including access and affordability, sustainability, the local food economy, and diet-related diseases. Moderated by Paula McDermott, Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board and featuring panelists Mike Martinez, Austin City Council; Margaret Shaw, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office; Heather Frambach, City of Austin Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens Program; and Laurence Denis, UT School of Public Health.

Nonprofit Portfolio Alumni Career Panel
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:15pm - 7:30pm
Alumni panelists provided their perspectives, discussed their responsibilities, shared career trajectories and answered questions in a lively discussion with current students. Alumni with positions at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the New Media Consortium’s Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), Texans Care for Children, and AIDS Services of Austin participated. 

Global Civil Society Speaker Series: Sue Lieberman, Pew Charitable Trust
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Bob Ahrends, Vice President Risk Management, First Nonprofit Insurance Company
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00 pm

Global Civil Society Speaker Series: Juan Sheenan, Catholic Relief Services
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Nonprofit Portfolio Spring Colloquium
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The nonprofit sector relies on development professionals to meet organizations' critical financial needs and manage a variety of funding models that may include public funding, private philanthropy, earned income and/or special events.  This event, led by Michael Kellerman and Victoria Corcoran, offered a practical and realistic portrait of the unique  career of the development professional.  

Fall 2012 Events

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
SRH 3.216, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Join us for a presentation and discussion with Gene Butler, SXSW Volunteer and Internship Coordinator. Mr. Butler is a guest speaker in Professor Rehnborg's Mobilizing the Community and Engaging Volunteer Course. He's an experienced, full-service events production and management professional who lists among his specialities: festival logistics, celebrity handling, volunteer management and fitting square pegs into round holes.
Tuesday, October 30,2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm 
CMB 6th Floor
The UT Longhorn Network Game Changers series features a live taping of Suzi Sosa of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.  Through stories and experience from UT’s Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), this talk will illuminate the ideas and successes of real student social innovators and demonstrate how social innovation has the potential to save the world.  
Nonprofit Portfolio Advising & Networking Session
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 5:15pm-6:15 PM
SRH 3.316, LBJ School of Public Affairs
At this event, you'll have a chance to meet other new students who have joined the program and hear from students who have taken popular Nonprofit Portfolio courses prior to Spring registration.
Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements
Monday, October 22, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 PM
SRH 3.122, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Jointly Sponsored by: Portfolio Program in Arts & Cultural Management & Entrepreneurship and Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies 
In this colloquium and skills seminar, Professor Granof willreview the financial report of a not-for-profit organization with the goal of making reasonably comprehensible this seemingly impenetrable document. Dr. Michael Granof is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Business and Public Affairs.
Portfolio Student & Alumni Happy Hour
Monday, Sept 10, 2012, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Rd 78722


Spring 2012 Events

Nonprofit Portfolio Private Sector Jobseeking Discussion
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 5:15pm - 6:30 pm
SRH 3.316/3.350, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Join Matt Kouri, ED of Greenlights, and special guests to discuss private sector opportunities that may be a good fit for your Nonprofit Portfolio skills and passion.
Nonprofit Portfolio Spring Colloquium
April 9, 2012 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm
SRH 3.124, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Dr. Marlone Henderson, Professor of Psychology at UT Austin, knows what psychological distance is and will discuss how it matters in our understanding of philanthropy and what motivates giving decisions.  Friends and colleagues are welcome to join us for this event – please share with anyone who may be interested.
Nonprofit Portfolio 2012 Capstone
Monday, May 7th, 2012, 9 AM - 4 PM
McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 Hwy 71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
REQUIRED event for all 2012 graduates


Fall 2011 Events

Welcome Back Happy Hour
Thursday, Sept 1st, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Red House Pizzeria, 1917 Manor Road
Be The Change: Volunteer Opportunity at the Austin History Center
Saturday, Oct 1st, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe 78701
Description: As a group, we will rehouse the Bill Malone Photography Collection of 4x5 negatives into new acid-free envelopes along with the archive information. The images are largely of University of Texas staff from the late 1970s through the 1980s and include some politicians and elected officials from the same timeperiod.
Fall Colloquium: Digital Storytelling
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
SRH 3.124, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Mr. David Neff will lead a presentation and discussion on digital storytelling, how to use digital media and video to effectively promote nonprofit and social causes.  He is author of The Future of Nonprofits (Wiley, 2011) and 501derful.org.  He also co-founded Lights. Camera. Help., a nonprofit organization focused on causedriven and nonprofit filmmaking.