In November of 2000, United Way of Smith County identified the need for an education and training resource to foster excellence in area nonprofits and the East Texas Center for Nonprofits (ETCN) was established.

We are committed to helping nonprofits throughout East Texas by providing management training and coaching services to ensure a stable and sustainable future. Last year ETCN offered 350 training hours and served 2071 individual nonprofit professionals representing over 280 organizations.  Our onsite library and personalized services in the areas of Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Grant Research, and 501c3 help strengthen nonprofits by providing essential tools and resources they need to succeed.  The Center provides a varied range of management expertise, assistance, and services for staff, boards, and volunteers, and Membership helps us to provide them for a low or even no-fee.

Dedicated to building a community of strong executive and board leadership, ETCN has initiated a Nonprofit Management Certificate course to develop leadership skills of executive management in the nonprofit sector and will present the first East Texas Nonprofit Lecture Series as a new opportunity for our East Texas nonprofits.

We succeed when we strengthen nonprofits to realize their impact in our East Texas community.

ETCN Summer/Fall Event Schedule – 2023

Please find below the schedule for ETCN courses and workshops during the Spring of 2023. For registration and cost information, please click here.

Tyler – United Way of Smith County


June 14 – Board Bootcamp


July 10-11 – So You Want to Write Grants

July 18 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

July 18 – Finding Grants


August 1 – Board Bootcamp


September 11 – Federal Grants

September 11 – H2O (How to Organize)


October 3 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

October 3 – Finding Grants

October 30-31 – So You Want to Write Grants


November 13 – Board Bootcamp


December 14 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

December 14 – Finding Grants

Longview – UT Tyler Longview University Center


July 25-26 – So You Want to Write Grants


August 17 – Board Bootcamp

August 23 – Preparing for Federal Grants

August 23 – Positive Leadership


September 20 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

September 20 – Finding Grants


October 12 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

October 12 – Finding Grants

October 26-27 – So You Want to Write Grants


November 16 – Board Bootcamp


December 1 – Get a GRIP (Intro to Grant Writing)

December 1 – Finding Grants

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Training Opportunities

Register for a wide range of topics and speakers to help your program succeed and impact more lives this coming year. Click below to see a list of upcoming trainings we offer.

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Book Appointment

We would love to sit down with you and learn more about your organization and some challenges you are working through this year. To schedule a visit, click the button below. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Nonprofit Management Certificate

Our Nonprofit Management Certificate is the premiere continuing education module in East Texas for Executive Directors and Senior Staff at your organization. Participants will complete 7 full days (Spread out over 7 weeks) representing 56 hours of learning across a wide range of topics presented by industry leaders.


The next Nonprofit Management Certificate course begins June 30th at UT Tyler’s Longview University Center. For details and registration, please click here.

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Personalized Services

Our Personalized Services are customized for each organization and their needs. With a focus on optimal outcomes for your organization and your mission, we offer services in the areas: Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Grant Research, and 501c3.

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Local Nonprofit Jobs

See a list of local nonprofit job postings in East Texas. Our members are able to publish available jobs by emailing kmalcolm@uwtyler.org

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