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UHD, CenterPoint Present Power Tools Conference Nov. 14


By Mike Emery

Nonprofit organizations operate with the best of intentions. They often serve a higher purpose of providing aid and resources to those in need. Altruism, however, doesn’t always translate into success.

That’s why it’s helpful for nonprofits to have a set of “power tools” in their operational tool kits. These “power tools” include effective business plans, management skills, successful fundraising campaigns and teamwork.

The University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD)  Master of Arts in Non-Profit Management (MANPM) Program helps its students understand how to effectively use such tools. This month, however, the program extends its educational reach to help nonprofit professionals throughout the city grow their organizations and further serve Houstonians.

For the second consecutive year, the MANPM is partnering with CenterPoint Energy to host the Power Tools for Nonprofits Conference.

Events Details

When: 7:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14

Where: One NRG Park, Houston, Texas 77054

Registration: $49; $10 for students. Details are available here, and attendees have the option of earning continuing education units for attending the event.

Sessions will be conducted from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. covering the following topics:

  • Finding & Activating Your Highest Potential Donors
  • Health, Not Healthcare: What is the Difference?
  • How Changes in Big Philanthropy Are Impacting Local Nonprofits
  • Self-Care's Vital Role in Your Giving Campaign
  • High Impact Leadership
  • Using Mission Minded Marketing and Communications to Support Fundraising
  • Translating and Leveraging Information: Data to Dollars

Presenters include a who’s-who of nonprofit leaders in Houston and MANPM faculty members, including:

  • Dr. David Branham, UHD associate professor of political science
  • Brian Greene, president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank
  • Dr. Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk
  • Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, director of UHD’s Master’s of Nonprofit Management Program

A complete list of session presenters is available here.

Keynote speakers include activist and author Dan Pallotta (morning) and Jan Hargrave, nonverbal communications expert and author (lunchtime).

“There are 22,000 nonprofit organizations in the Houston area alone,” Sorurbakhsh said. “Many of them struggle to succeed. Even though they have altruistic intentions, these nonprofits may lack the strategic vision to truly flourish. This conference will offer insights on how organizations can thrive while serving their communities.”

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.