Educational Institutions


aka Central Texas Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association

Austin, TX


Our mission is to connect Penn State University alumni, students and supporters to both the University and the Association's global alumni network, to provide valued local services and support to our members, and to support the University's mission of teaching, research, and service.

Ruling Year



Michael Barasch

Main Address

3201 Duval Rd.

Austin, TX 78759 USA


Fundraiser, Alumni, Scholarship, Recruitment





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alumni Associations (B84)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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PSUCenTex Scholarship Fund

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Our Results

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Number of attendees present at rallies/events

Population(s) served


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PSUCenTex Scholarship Fund

Context notes

Average number of attendees at weekly game watch parties / fundraisers during football season.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

Population(s) served


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PSUCenTex Scholarship Fund

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Annual Scholarship Gift for local Penn State sophomore or higher in good standing.

Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

Population(s) served

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Number of registered members of the PSAA in the Central Texas region.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our mission is to promote and strengthen the Penn State University brand in the region, and increase alumni membership and participation both online and locally through social and professional events. Larger membership inspires additional third party sponsorship, which results in a consistent increase in charitable donations, which allows us to create new programs and to expand our annual scholarship offerings without requiring chapter dues or fees.

We've relocated our recurring 'game watch' events to a downtown venue with more capacity, which has drastically increased attendance and the chapter's exposure. Our mailing list has grown 10% our and social media profiles have more than tripled in traffic and post/event interaction. This has led to new sponsors and significantly more donations to our scholarship fund.

In addition, we have taken steps to emphasize our 501(c)(3) status online, to provide transparency and benefit from our nonprofit status. There are grants and programs specifically designed to provide funding and/or services for organizations such as ours, and we are aggressively pursuing those opportunities.

We have a large, active membership base in the region who engage us on social media and attend events and fundraisers. As our online presence and chapter events increase in popularity, our donations and sponsorship opportunities allow for us to expand our offerings.

Penn State University also supplies the chapter with allocations and fundraising materials, as well as student data to help us find qualified sponsorship applicants in good standing.

Our membership and social media followers will increase, and our donations and scholarship fund balance will determine if we are capable of expanding the Annual Scholarship program.

We have greatly increased event attendance and donation volume with stronger online marketing and changing our event venue to accommodate larger groups and draw our younger members. We have also heavily promoted our nonprofit status in 2016.

We have not met our goal of engaging the local members in Penn State's THON benefit, and have a minimal recruiting presence at local high school and college fair events. We hope to improve in these areas in 2017.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our current board is all male but historically has been diverse. To be as inclusive as possible with our membership, we do not require fees or dues, routinely host social events with no registration or entrance fees, and provide free access to all online content. We have also rewritten our bylaws to allow for additional non-voting chairs, which we believe will allow for a more diverse leadership.