Local Nonprofit Partner and Upcoming Events

The last few weeks in Houston have been full of things happening in the nonprofit space. There’s different clinics, talks, special events; it’s been hard to keep up with them all. But there’s two things I wanted to highlight that I feel will be a tremendous benefit to small and large organizations.

VolunteerHouston

For the most part, I think many folks were already familiar with VH. For those that weren’t, VH  is a sort of match-making service that pairs people who want to, or need to, volunteer with local opportunities. And they do everything from a “team build” type volunteering (where they’ll actually find the activity and manage the volunteers) to “I’m tired of sitting in this house on a Saturday volunteering” (where volunteers can run a search of opportunities based on location, cause or the organization itself).

But what recently surprised me was the depth VH actually has; and this is what I don’t think most people are aware of.  The potential back office help these folks offer is great news for local organizations. Even better? Alot of it is free.

  • One  of the benefits is the neat-o page organizations get once signed up  (example below).

VHScreensot   Organizations also get:

  • Free advertising on VH’s homepage for upcoming events
  • What I imagine would be an awesome database of volunteers (and potential donors)
  • …and speaking of, a service where donations can be made straight from your page on the site.
  • Organizations will also be able to post a wish list of needs other than volunteering, for example where a desk or printer is needed
  • Disaster recovery management
  • Volunteer management
  • A free introductory video uploaded to its library, and shown on T.V.
  • T-Shirt printing for your upcoming volunteer events

What I think is neat about all this is that VH has been able to identify many of the key needs I’ve seen local orgs have, that most don’t think of, and think of ways to support. Now organizations that don’t have the leverage, or resources, to do many or any of these things cost-effectively have a partner with the capacity to fill in the gaps. And as most small/start-up organizations know, the ability to outsource the more administrative or logistical type stuff is priceless.

Upcoming Free Legal Clinic For Animal Rescue Groups


This I’m REALLY excited about. The Houston Bar Association: Animal Law Section will be hosting a free legal clinic for animal rescue groups. The clinic will be: Downtown Houston YMCA 808 Pease St, Houston, TX 77002 3-6pm With attorneys coming from prestigious firms like Greenberg Traurig, companies like ExxonMobil and organizations like United Way and Texas C-bar, the advice is sure to be spot on. And unlike many volunteer encounters, nonprofits will be able interface with these attorneys. Ask questions, diver deeper and get advice personalized for their situation. You can’t beat that.

This is a longer description of the clinic: “…representatives from the selected nonprofit groups will meet individually with attorneys to participate in a legal “audit,” including issues related to corporate governance, tax, employment law, real estate, and intellectual property. Even if your organization is not experiencing any problems, this is akin to a legal “tune-up” to keep the organization operating smoothly and to avoid future problems.

Most animal rescue non-profits operate on shoe-string budgets, using all money raised to help animals. Lawyers are expensive and many are not experienced in handling legal issues for non-profits. This is a wonderful chance for…organization[s] to obtain free legal advice. If you are interested, email me and I will send you the application form.” Kay, who provided the description, is a wonderful local attorney with tons of experience on animal law. She has an awesome blog, visit here, and her email is on the blog.