The SBNRC, established in 1997 and currently part of the University’s Division of Community Engagement, has over the years provided an array of outreach services to the nonprofit community in the region.
Starting January 2009, the SBNRC Mobility Tour will use a mobile unit to actually go out into South Texas communities with training and assistance to nonprofit organizations. Traditionally, these types of services have been at fixed locations, requiring transportation and travel time to attend.
“The opportunity to get out into South Texas communities to provide services to the region’s nonprofits is exciting,” said UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas. “Nonprofit organizations provide invaluable services to communities of the Valley and we are committed to helping these organizations succeed through assistance provided by the SBNRC.”
The SBNRC is one of 20 Cooperating Collections in the state of Texas of the nationally recognized Foundation Center, which is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy. As such, the SBNRC provides free funding information for nonprofits, including a core collection of Foundation Center publications and supplementary materials. The SBNRC houses directories and databases on thousands of foundations, and can help the region’s nonprofits find sources of funding.
UTPA graduate students and faculty will also be playing a role in assisting nonprofit organizations. Graduate students from the Department of Social Work will soon be doing their internships with SBNRC and provide grant writing and other assistance to nonprofits in the Rio Grande Valley. Students will be earning college credit while assisting with the SBNRC Mobility Tour.
“Beginning in January, the SBNRC Mobility Tour will be in Valley communities providing funding information for nonprofits,” said SBNRC Director, Michael Uhrbrock. “SBNRC will also provide nonprofits assistance with proposal writing, financial management, strategic planning, and other important areas.”
For more information from UTPA on its nonprofit resource center, or when the SBNRC Mobility Tour can be scheduled for your community, contact Uhrbrock at 956/316-7185 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.