In 2017 and early 2018, OneStar Foundation continued its highly successful practice of partnering with communities in rural or under resourced regions of Texas to host nonprofit summits.
The 2017 Series included Wichita Falls, Lufkin, and Beaumont (in January of 2018). As in 2016, the series inspired leaders across all sectors to focus on the nexus of service, leadership and collaboration. Each event was locally driven to meet the needs and aspirations of participants and encourage cross sector collaboration, highlight promising practices and catalyze strategies to address local issues.
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott was again a special guest at all three forums, welcoming attendees and providing remarks on volunteerism and service. As in 2016, the 2017 Series was sponsored in part through a generous grant from AT&T.
Nonprofit & Business Summit
The North Texas Nonprofit & Business Summit was held on October 6, 2017 in Wichita Falls. Hosted by The Nonprofit Center of Texoma and held on the Midwestern State University campus, the event included nearly 20 distinct breakout sessions and a keynote address by Paul W. Harris, President and CEO of Hoblitzelle Foundation.
Nonprofit Leadership Conference
The East Texas Nonprofit Leadership Conference, held in Lufkin on October 20 and 21, 2017, was a first-of-its-kind event in Deep East Texas. Local nonprofit executive directors and board members learned about managing a nonprofit, strategic planning, fundraising and more during the two-day conference. The event was designed and coordinated through a partnership between Angelina College, United Way of Angelina County, T.L.L. Temple Foundation, and OneStar Foundation.
The Southeast Texas Nonprofit Summit was held on January 23, 2018 at Lamar University in Beaumont. The event featured a keynote address by Scott McClelland, President of H-E-B Food/Drug, multiple breakout sessions and networking opportunities. The event was hosted by the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, and was a sold out event in which nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers came together for a robust day of learning and connecting.