The RGK Center has released our 2020-2021 annual report. Click here to read the full report and see below for the letter from the director, David Springer.
During a year of uncertainty and social distancing, there is much for which I remain grateful. We have experienced opportunities to support each other in new ways and grow together. The RGK Center responded this year to serve our community and sector during the pandemic. Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff continue to inspire and serve through their passion and work.
The 2021 graduates of our Nonprofit Studies portfolio program delivered more than 2,200 volunteer hours to our community during their time at the university. Whether through a remote internship or field placement, supporting COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts, or mentoring youth and serving on nonprofit boards, I am grateful for our students’ commitment to service.
Our CONNECT program continues to expand its reach and impact, even while shifting to a virtual operation. Our team increased CONNECT fellowship funds, allowing us to issue $88,000 in student fellowships since last summer while delivering data and evaluation projects to 58 unique organizations. One CONNECT Fellow collaborated with Austin Young Chamber to interpret and share results of their survey, helping local businesses better understand employees’ needs and concerns at the beginning of the pandemic.
Our alumni have also shown incredible leadership, including developing support systems for older adults experiencing isolation and loneliness in the face of COVID-19.
I am grateful for the knowledge that our faculty contribute to the sector. Shifting to a virtual 20th anniversary celebration allowed our team to engage with alumni, nonprofit leaders, and other friends of the RGK Center across the country. This was a memorable series of events to showcase faculty research, acknowledge the support of advisory council members, and learn and reminisce together. We hope you had a chance to participate and celebrate the trailblazers who have been involved with the Center since its beginning, or that you are able to connect with us soon!
As we look to the future, I am hopeful for better things to come. Through times of hardship, our alumni, students, staff, and faculty continue to use their talents and passion to serve their communities and neighbors.