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 Spring 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.


January 18 Workshop – Board Bootcamp

January 19th-20th – Grant Writing Intensive


February 8th – ‘Get a GRIP’ – Intro to Grant Writing

February 8th – Preparing for Federal Grants

February 22nd – Finding Grants


March 8 – New Board Member Bootcamp

March 22 – ‘Get a GRIP’ – Intro to Grant Writing

March 22 – Finding Grants

March 29 – Preparing for Federal Grants


April 3-4 – Grant Writing Intensive

April 19 – ‘Get a GRIP’ – Intro to Grant Writing

April 19 – Finding Grants

April 27 – Board Bootcamp


May 9-10 – Grant Writing Intensive

May 24 – ‘Get a GRIP’ – Intro to Grant Writing

May 24 – Finding Grants


June 14 – Board Bootcamp

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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 January 26th! For details and registration, please click here. Use the promo code “cnp126” for a 20% discount on registration!

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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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