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Archived Webinars

 

Together in the Sandbox: Board and Staff Relationships
September 16, 2020
This webinar focuses on the relationship between nonprofit boards and staff in three different situations: a traditional nonprofit with staff, a public agency, and an all-volunteer board. Presenters Anjali Zutshi and Angela Reed share thoughts and real-life examples about the dynamics in each of these situations, along with specific governance recommendations that will help an organization accomplish its mission effectively in any of these situations. They also talk about the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for both boards and staff in these situations, and offer recommendations on practices and procedures that will ensure that the relationship between board and staff are productive and consistently in support of the organization’s mission.

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Handout
Follow-up Blog Post with Q&A


 

Best Practices for the Nonprofit World
August 19, 2020
For many small and mid-sized nonprofits, knowing how to build and maintain the health of the organization, using current best practices and the very best management strategies, is critical and can mean life or death for the organization. Often, smaller organizations strapped for time, money, and effective leadership are not aware of these best practices and the rules and regulations governing nonprofits, which ultimately jeopardizes the health of those organizations. This webinar will focus on best practices on board governance, sound administration, financial management, board development, and fundraising. Presenter Anjali Zutshi will provide guidelines addressing each of these issues, which will help newer organizations build and strengthen their foundation and credibility and offer established nonprofits a refresher to regain momentum.

Anjali Kaul Zutshi is the Chief Development Officer for the Texas Historical Commission, and Executive Director of the Friends of the THC. She has almost 24 years of fundraising, organizational development, and strategic planning experience in the non-profit sector in Texas – as the Associate State Director and Texas Development Director for the Trust for Public Land’s Texas State Office, and as an independent consultant for nine years before coming to the THC in 2016. Over the years, Anjali has established a successful track record of working with funders on building partnerships for effective mission support and delivery, and with non-profits on building sustainability through effective management. Anjali is an architect by training, with a graduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from UT-Austin. She also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. A graduate of Leadership Austin, Anjali has served on multiple national, state, and local boards.

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Grant Evaluation: Setting Goals and Measuring Impact
July 22, 2020
When writing funding proposals, you've likely encountered questions about the impact of your program or project – both the big picture and quantifiable data. Many granting entities and donors require organizations to provide information about evaluation as part of the request. They want to know how you will measure the impact and show the effectiveness of the program or project, and many times this information is critical to both building funding support and sustaining funding partnerships with donors. In this webinar, experienced fundraiser Anjali Zutshi will share the why and how of evaluation in a grant process. You will learn about how to set goals at the beginning of the grant process (or even before that, during program development), how to measure the impact, both qualitative (big picture) as well as quantitative (specific numbers), of your programs or projects, and how to effectively present this to funders.

Anjali Kaul Zutshi is the Chief Development Officer for the Texas Historical Commission, and Executive Director of the Friends of the THC. She has almost 24 years of fundraising, organizational development, and strategic planning experience in the non-profit sector in Texas – as the Associate State Director and Texas Development Director for the Trust for Public Land’s Texas State Office, and as an independent consultant for nine years before coming to the THC in 2016. Over the years, Anjali has established a successful track record of working with funders on building partnerships for effective mission support and delivery, and with non-profits on building sustainability through effective management. Anjali is an architect by training, with a graduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from UT-Austin. She also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. A graduate of Leadership Austin, Anjali has served on multiple national, state, and local boards.

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A Case Study in Creating a Successful Case Statement

May 21, 2020
Fundraising is about building a compelling case for support for your organization--its mission, the programs you offer, and the projects that you implement to serve your constituency. This case is equal parts storytelling and facts and figures to support your narrative. While an engaging narrative is essential to building a case, it is important to ensure that as you present to a funder, you address the critical items that funders are looking for and that they will respond positively to. This is especially important now, with increased calls on funders’ purses in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In this webinar, experienced fundraiser Anjali Zutshi will provides guideline for developing a strong case statement, which will better position your organization's efforts to build financial support.

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Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3


 

COVID-19 Resources for Texas Museums
April 7, 2020
Museums, like all nonprofits in the arts and humanities, are feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic in their daily operations as well as in their fundraising efforts. Organizations are grappling with what programming options to offer, while struggling to keep their members and donors engaged. Join Eric Lupfer, Anjali Zutshi, and Laura Casey to learn about programming and funding opportunities, resources, and assistance available to guide museums in recalibrating their efforts so they can come out strong as they pursue their mission. The presenters will also discuss the CARES Act and how the provisions therein can assist museums.

Laura Casey has been the coordinator of the Texas Historical Commission’s Museum Services Program since 2004. She assists Texas history museums in meeting professional standards by providing training, consultations, and assistance and is active in the Texas Association of Museums and American Association of State and Local History.

Eric Lupfer became the executive director of Humanities Texas in 2019, after serving as the director and grants and education for 15 years. Humanities Texas advances education throughout the state through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning.

Anjali Zutshi has been the Chief Development Officer of the Texas Historical Commission and the Executive Director of the Friends of the THC since 2016. With over 20 years of experience in non-profit fund development, she has established a successful track record of working with non-profits to build sustainability through effective management, and with funders to build partnerships for effective mission support and delivery. 

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