OneStar Foundation

One Texas, united in building resilient and thriving communities.

aka OneStar, OneStar National Service Commission   |   Austin, TX   |  www.onestarfoundation.org

Mission

OneStar strengthens Texas communities by creating pathways for individuals and organizations to engage, connect, and accelerate their impact.For nearly 50 years, the State of Texas has recognized the critical importance of civic engagement in building resilient and thriving communities. OneStar harnesses this extraordinary Texan spirit of service by creating pathways for individuals and organizations to engage, connect and accelerate impact for our state. Through our diverse initiatives, we equip Texans to develop and advance innovative solutions to our state’s most pressing challenges. We are recognized as a statewide voice for the nonprofit sector and a respected partner to foundations, state agencies, and the business community.

Ruling year info

2004

President/CEO

Mr. Chris Bugbee

Main address

9011 Mountain Ridge Drive Suite 100

Austin, TX 78759 USA

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EIN

20-0166368

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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AmeriCorps Texas Grant Portfolio

As Texas' Governor-designated state service commission, OneStar administers over $20 million in federal funding per year to a portfolio of AmeriCorps Texas programs (made up of nonprofits, state agencies, and P-16 educational institutions) that leverages additional match funding from local communities. These programs serve local needs, raise their own required match funding, apply through a highly competitive process, and meet rigorous standards to receive funding. OneStar oversees grant making, grant administration, evaluation, monitoring, and year-round training and technical support in order to bring these critical funds to Texas and to make our state a competitive player in the field of national service.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. OneStar Foundation is a statewide VISTA Intermediary Project of CNCS and partners to place members at host nonprofit organizations and government agencies that provide member supervision ad develop focused projects. OneStar provides overall project supervision and logistical support and helps absorb oversignt and project management costs. VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and benefits, including an end of service stipend or education award. Investment by the sponsoring organization and the community is fundamental to the project, as the VISTA resources are intended to be short-term.The primary focus of all VISTA programs nationwide is anti-poverty, with four focus areas: Education, Veterans and Military Families, Economic Opportunity, and Healthy Futures.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people



Our state is vast and the issues our communities face are deeply rooted and complex. With thousands of nonprofits—including many faith-based & community organizations—and dozens of state and local government agencies, collaboration across sectors for public benefit can be challenging. That is why OneStar champions the Texas Faith-Based & Community Initiative, a series of activities that support government and nonprofit working side by side as true partners in addressing our social problems.

Leadership in Texas passed unprecedented legislation in 2009 and additional legislation in 2011 and 2013, which created an important framework for supporting collaboration between government and faith-based & community organizations groups. View Texas Government Code Chapter 535 for most current legislation and information guiding the Texas Faith-Based & Community Initiative.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In its 38th year, the Governor's Volunteer Awards honor the extraordinary service of individuals and organizations in Texas that have made a difference in their communities through service and volunteering. Since 2004, the awards have been led by and presented in conjunction with OneStar Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For over 40 years, OneStar (and our legacy organizations) has hosted annual nonprofit leadership conferences in different cities throughout the State of Texas that each engage hundreds of public sector leaders. These summits are locally driven, content-rich convenings that showcase each region’s capacity-building efforts, foster cross-sector partnerships, catalyze strategies to address local issues, and create lasting collaborative relationships within the community.

Population(s) Served



When disasters strike Texas communities, the Rebuild Texas Fund connects your helping hand to Texan communities in need. As the organization designated by the Office of the Governor to receive private donations following a disaster, we strategically collect and distribute funding and additional resources to eligible organizations in impacted areas to build resilience.

We work with local leaders to identify community-driven priorities, unmet needs, and funding gaps in affected regions. We provide local leaders and organizations with the financial and technical expertise needed to recover stronger than before. Our community-centered approach is swift and purposeful – providing the greatest possible impact for Texans rebuilding lives and livelihood.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ENGAGE TEXANS IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Ensure Texans know how and are able to engage to make a difference in their communities

BUILD MOMENTUM FOR AMERICORPS IN TEXAS
Strengthen pathways to service by leading and building momentum for AmeriCorps in Texas

ACCELERATE IMPACT AND STRENGTHEN THE SECTOR
Accelerate impact and strengthen the Texas nonprofit sector – including faith-based and community organizations - by building upon OneStar’s unique position as a neutral convener and trusted cross-sector partner

FOSTER RESILIENT TEXAS COMMUNITIES
Promote community resiliency before, during, and after disasters to ensure we remain Texas Strong

STRENGTHEN OUR FOUNDATION
Build and maintain organizational capacity necessary to do this work

Goal 1: Engage Texans in making a difference s
• Promote existing pathways to volunteer and recognize achievements of Texans volunteering
• Support individuals in finding AmeriCorps service opportunities, leverage their AmeriCorps experience, and stay engaged after service
• Explore additional opportunities, beyond service and volunteerism, for OneStar to leverage our resources to engage Texans in making a difference in their communities

Goal 2: Build momentum for AmeriCorps in Texas
• Increase engagement and develop new key partners for national service
• Sustain and develop our AmeriCorps Texas programs and AmeriCorps VISTA Host Sites through high quality support and appropriate oversight
• Advocate to make participation in AmeriCorps more widely available and equitable, with more flexibility and less bureaucracy
• Sustain and develop our subgrantees and host sites through appropriate oversight and high-quality support
• Ensure access to AmeriCorps resources are equitable and meeting priority needs in Texas

Goal 3: Accelerate Impact and Strengthen the Sector –
• In collaboration with sector partners, chart a path forward for the next generation state association for the sector, and provide a complementary suite of OneStar-led capacity building activities to ensure core sector support is available to all nonprofits and nonprofit leaders in Texas
• Position OneStar as a go to advisor for leaders, influencers, and decision makers on the sector in Texas
• Increase effectiveness of the Texas Faith-based and Community Initiative (TFBCI), a statewide effort to reinforce the critical importance of nonprofit-government agency partnerships to meet needs of Texans

Goal 4: Foster resilient Texas communities – Promote community resiliency before, during, and after disasters to ensure we remain Texas Strong
• Leverage OneStar’s existing expertise in national service, volunteerism and sector strengthening
• Equip Texas with the infrastructure and best practices needed to effectively and equitably move resources (volunteers, money, in kind donations) to nonprofits and Texas communities during all phases of disaster
• Lead statewide disaster philanthropy through Rebuild Texas Fund
• Strengthen and broaden the disaster nonprofit network, and promote opportunities for nonprofits to engage in community resilience-building efforts

Financials

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OneStar Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Wright

Wright Connatser PLLC


Board co-chair

Ronnie Haggerty

United Way of Greater Houston

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/18/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/18/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.