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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Texas Nonprofit Awards To Honor Area Leaders And Organizations Driving Social Change

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success and OneStar Foundation are honored to announce the winners of this year’s Texas Nonprofit Awards. The Texas Nonprofit Awards celebrate the individuals and nonprofit organizations driving social change in Texas.  Awards will be presented on the evening of September 20, 2012 as part of the Texas Nonprofit Summit, the premier nonprofit management conference for the State of Texas.

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success awards

(Photo Credit: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success)

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements of Central Texas nonprofits in the categories of Collaboration, Impact, Innovation & Learning, Board Excellence and Nonprofit Leader of the Year.

“It’s truly an honor to recognize the people who make our community great,” said Greenlights President and Executive Director Matt Kouri. “These are the organizations and leaders who serve as an example to all of us in Central Texas.”

  • Collaboration – Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (Austin)
  • Impact – Workers Defense Project (Austin)
  • Innovation & Learning – Camp Fire Balcones (Austin)
  • Board Excellence – STRONG START (Austin)
  • Nonprofit Leader of the Year – Gerald L. Davis, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Austin)

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, honor some of Texas’ most dedicated community volunteers.

“These awards allow us, along with the Governor of Texas, to recognize individuals who truly embody the Texas tradition of community service,” said Liz Darling, president and CEO of OneStar Foundation.

Photo Credit: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success

  • Governor’s Lonestar Achievement – Harvey E. Najim, Founder and CEO of Sirius Computer Solutions (San Antonio)
  • First Lady’s Rising Star – Nya Watson, SafeHaven of Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
  • Community Leadership – Healthy Communities of Brownsville, Inc.
  • Social Innovator – Gordon V. Hartman (San Antonio)
  • AmeriCorps *State and National “Getting Things Done” – Kristen Aaltonen, 4-H CAPITAL (Austin)
  • Senior Corps Community Impact – Emily Thomas, Community Computer Ministry (Richards)
  • VISTA Capacity Building – Jenelle Thomson (Houston)

Presented by OneStar Foundation and Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, the Texas Nonprofit Summit brings together more than 700 nonprofit professionals, board members, funders, government representatives and other community leaders for an inspiring two days of learning and networking.

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5-6:30 p.m.

AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Ave.
Austin, TX 78705
Ph. 512-404-1900

TICKETS: If you’d like to attend the Texas Nonprofit Summit, you may register online. The Summit is Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Friday, September 21, 2012.

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