Workshops to Increase Nonprofits’ Abilities, Funds, Advocacy Training

To help our leadership and advocacy skills grantees continue to provide training after Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities funding ends, we have contracted for a series of leadership and capacity building workshops. These small, tailored classes of 15-21 people will be provided by A Circle of Ten, Inc., to increase resources through community organizing and fund raising. The training is also open to other nonprofits.

Several people holding a Circle of 10, Inc. banner

(L to R) Nikkie Lea of Turning POINT Gulf Coast Chapter; Pam Brown of The ARC of Gulf Coast; Judy Kantorczyk of The ARC of Greater Houston; Dalun Zhang of TX A&M Research Foundation; Ellen Goudeau of The ARCs of Texas and Greater Houston; Kathy Holdway of A Circle of Ten, Inc.; Alexandra Hodge and Mary Jane Williams of Family to Family Network; Furjen Deng of Light and Salt Association; Jazi Hiriart of SER Jobs for Progress; Helen Sun of Light and Salt Association. Not pictured: Ricardo Razo of El Paso del Norte-Region 19 ESC.

Workshops are being offered in Austin, Houston and Edom (near Tyler), under a one-year contract from TCDD that can be extended up to two more years. Half-day trainings are planned on grant writing, plus three-day workshops that focus on grant writing, partnerships/community-organizing and capacity building. For dates of the training and more details, go to A Circle of Ten, Inc.’s website, call (903) 541-0013 or email:

Individuals from up to 17 TCDD grant projects will receive the training, as well as individualized support before and after workshops. Some grant recipients planning to participate in this training are:

  • Texas Parent to Parent
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas
  • Texas State Independent Living Council
  • The Arc of Texas
  • Texas Advocates
  • Family to Family Network
  • The Arc of Greater Houston
  • Friends and Families of Asians with Special Needs
  • Light & Salt Association
  • Paso del Norte and Region 19 Education Service Center in El Paso

More information on TCDD’s leadership and advocacy projects.